What to do if Nvidia Control Panel is not Opening?

Here are the common fixes for when Nvidia Control Panel does not open.

The most common reason for Nvidia Control Panel not showing up is the graphics driver being out of date. Therefore, your very first step for solving this issue would be to ensure that your PC is running the latest version driver for your graphics processor. If that doesn’t work, here are 3 more things that might help.

NVDisplay.ContainerLocalSystem Service Should be Up and Running

If you have manually disabled some services on your system, a lot of things won’t start on their own including Nvidia Control Panel. If NVDisplay.ContainerLocalSystem gets disabled due to whatever reason, you won’t be able to launch Nvidia Control Panel. Do this in order to let this service run on its own when your PC starts.

Step 1: Head to the search bar and type ‘services’.

Step 2: The very first search result will be the ‘Services’ app with a cog icon. Launch it.

Step 3: From the list of services in this app’s window, locate the service named ‘NVDisplay.ContainerLocalSystem’ double click on it to see its properties.

Step 4: By default, the startup type for this service would be set to ‘Automatic’. However, if it is anything other than ‘Automatic’, that is the reason behind your issue.

Step 5: Restart this service manually.

Follow steps 3 through 5 for service titled ‘NVContainerLocalSystem’.

Try launching Nvidia Control Panel again. If it does, you have solved the issue and don’t need to read further.

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Restarting the Nvidia Control Panel Process in Task Manager

More often than not, simply ending a process then restarting it solves most of the issues with apps not launching. Here’s how you can end the process for Nvidia Control Panel and get it back running.

Step 1: Right click on your taskbar and in the menu that appears, click on ‘Task Manager’.

Step 2: Find the task titled ‘Nvidia Control Panel’.

Step 3: Right click on this task and click on ‘End Process’ (last option) in the menu that appears.

Step 4: Try launching Nvidia Control Panel again.

Nvidia Control Panel
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Last Fix

If the two fixes mentioned above don’t work, this fix will most definitely get you out of trouble once and for all. For downloading and installing the most recent driver build for your graphics card, simply launch ‘GeForce Experience’ and find the option to check for the latest updates. If you don’t have GeForce Experience installed, you can also manually check for updates from ‘Device Manager’ app. Launch ‘Device Manager’ by typing ‘devmgmt.msc’ in the search bar and tapping ‘Enter’.

In the list of devices connected to your system, locate your graphics card in the ‘Display Adapter’ drop-down menu. Right click on your graphics card and click on ‘Update Drivers’.

Windows will now check if the latest updates for your display driver have been installed. If an update is available, it will be automatically installed. Once the installation is complete, restart your PC and launch the graphics card control panel once again. It should be working fine now.

Still not working? You might want to get in touch with Windows Support to have this issue solved. Before getting in line for chatting to a Microsoft support representative, check the comment section below if someone has posted a new fix for this issue.


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