Almost every Nvidia GPU user has faced a missing control panel including myself. Most PC users don’t need the control panel because the default configuration is more than enough to juice the machine for optimal performance. However, I’m a gamer, and I need access to the dashboard to tweak the settings for maximum output.

Why does the Nvidia control panel not showing in Windows 11?

I installed fresh graphics drivers downloaded from the official site and yet, Windows PC couldn’t find the control panel. Several users have reported that the Nvidia didn’t open when the icon was showing up in the search results.

  1. It’s an Nvidia package bug or glitch that is causing it.
  2. PC Threats.
  3. Something must have gone wrong during the installation.
  4. Windows latest build version

Nonetheless, I have to say that it’s not your fault if the control panel isn’t showing up after installing it correctly. I was able to solve it multiple times by re-installing the entire package completely.

Download Manual Drivers Package

The ultimate solution is to re-install Nvidia GPU drivers manually. You have to uninstall the driver’s Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) that will remove all remnants from the PC. Let me show you how you uninstall the GPU drivers completely from the PC, and I have done this several times in the past.

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Download Drivers:

  • Open the browser.

Download manual drivers package - (1)

  • Go to Nvidia’s official site and download the package locally

Download manual drivers package - (2)

  • Extract the files in the local folder.

Download manual drivers package - (3)

You are halfway to re-install the GPU drivers.

Remove GPU Drivers:

  • Open the browser.
  • Go to the DDU site and download it.

Remove GPU Drivers - 2

A. Extract the ZIP folder.

B. Go to Windows Safe Mode, and you can watch YouTube for visual instructions.

C. Launch DDU as administrator.

  • Select GPU and Nvidia in the options.

Remove GPU Drivers - 6

  • Click on “Clean & Restart” to finish the process.

Remove GPU Drivers - 7

Your PC will reboot, and Nvidia GPU drivers is removed from the machine.

Now, install GPU drivers as usual, and no further instructions are needed. Display Driver Uninstaller is my go-to GPU and Audio uninstaller because it won’t leave a single remnant behind and that eliminates shortcomings of Nvidia package manager.

Update Display Adapter Drivers Automatically

Older drivers cause a lot of problems in the newer Windows to build version. Microsoft is forcing the users to update the software frequently, and it includes the build version. I have installed Windows 2004 build version and it was a disaster, to be frank.

I encountered several problems with the FiveM application and other stability issues. The American GPU manufacturer releases newer software updates when they think it’s necessary to fix known problems. Use Windows Update, and keep the system video drivers up-to-date.

  • Click on the “Windows” icon.
  • Type “Run” and press the “Enter” key to open the application.

Update display adapter drivers automatically - 2

  • Type “devmgmt.msc” in the run option then hit “OK”.

  • Search and right-click on “Display adapters” then choose “Update driver”.

  • A window will pop up on the screen and select “Search automatically for drivers”.

Update display adapter drivers automatically - 5

  • Let Windows look for suitable drivers.

The scanning and installation process takes a few minutes, so be patient and do not close the window. Restart the Windows 11 PC after the updated graphics drivers are installed.

Restart your NVIDIA Services

Windows software is not perfect and has shortcomings that we have to live with it. Nonetheless, you can force restart Nvidia services and that may fix the GUI issue.

  • Click on the “Windows” icon.

Restart your Nvidia services - 1

  • Type “Run” and click to open the application.

Restart your Nvidia services - 2

  • Type “services.msc” in the run option then click “OK”.

Restart your Nvidia services - 3

  • Search for “NVIDIA Display Container LS” and right-click to view more options and then choose “Properties”.

Restart your Nvidia services - 4

  • You have to perform three actions.

Restart your Nvidia services - 5

  • A. Change the Startup type to “Automatic”.
  • B. Click on “Stop” then click on “Start”.

Click on “OK” to save changes.

Reboot the Windows machine to force restart all services again and new changes will kick in while the PC is booting.

Add Desktop Context Menu

How do you access the “Refresh” button in Windows? Yes, that’s what Context Menu stands for.

  • Click on the “Windows” icon.

Add Desktop context menu - (1)

  • Search for “Control panel” and click on “Open”.

Add Desktop context menu - (2)

  • Change the “View by Category” to “Large icons.

Add Desktop context menu - (3)

  • Click on the Nvidia control panel.
  • Click on “Desktop” located at the top menu and then choose “Add Desktop Context Menu”.

Add Desktop context menu - (4)

Now, close the control panel and restart the machine to end the session. Turn on the machine and check if the Nvidia Control Panel appears in the Context Menu.

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Conclusion

I have fixed the missing Nvidia control panel by uninstalling the GPU drivers using DDU and re-installing it manually. Display Driver Uninstaller solved the problem multiple times, and it has worked for several others, who approached me with similar situations. Let us know which solution worked to resolve the control panel issue in the comment section below.

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