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How To Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Options?

Learn various ways to fix NVIDIA Control Panel missing options by changing service type, disconnecting secondary monitors, and modifying display resolution.

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The NVIDIA graphics card comes with the NVIDIA Control Panel, a subtle yet effective tool for graphic settings or personalizing your gaming experience. However, there were instances where the NVIDIA Control Panel was missing options or crashed on launch.  Updating the graphics driver was a common fix in both situations.

Key Takeaways
  • Outdated or incompatible drivers, faulty connectors/display ports or disabled NVIDIA services can cause the options to go missing.
  • Resolve the issue by checking the connection cord, updating or reinstalling the driver, enabling or restarting all the services, or manually launching the Control Panel.
  • Always download the correct update files based on your NVIDIA graphics card driver version.

Change Resolution
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Check Display Connection
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Enable Services
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Tip: Reinstall/update graphics card driver, update Windows, reinstall NVIDIA Control Panel, and power cycle PC before moving forward with other fixes. 

Alter Display Resolution

This problem often arises from a mismatch between the selected display resolution and the screen size of your laptop/PC, causing certain options to be unavailable. To counter this, I lowered the resolution in the Intel Graphics Settings and performed scaling with the following method.

  1. Access Intel Graphics: Come to the Desktop > Right-click anywhere > Intel Graphics Settings.
    Intel Graphics Settings
    Go To Intel Graphics Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Alter Resolution: Select Display > General Settings > Change Resolution from the drop-down. Select the one lower than the current resolution.
  3. Change Scale: Mark the option, Scale Full Screen > Apply.
    Change Intel Resolution
    Change Intel Resolution And Scaling (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Multiple Acer Community members reported that this solution returned the missing NVIDIA options for them.


Check The Display Connection

If you are a PC user, the NVIDIA Control Panel won’t be able to detect the graphics card if your monitor is plugged into the wrong display port. Incorrect monitor connections are known to tamper with the NVIDIA options, as also faced by a user in Flight Simulator Forums.

Hence, connect the display port cable directly to the graphics card port, located under the motherboard port, as this is an often overlooked mistake. After you’ve fixed the connection, restart your computer to ensure everything is working.


Check And Enable All NVIDIA Services

NVIDIA Services are essential to the functioning of all NVIDIA tools, including the Control Panel. They manage the interaction between the NVIDIA Control Panel and Windows to maximize usability. When one or more of these services are non-operational, it can lead to software glitches or malfunctions.

So, turn on the necessary NVIDIA services and permit them to launch automatically at startup for smoother running.

  1. Open Run Menu: Access the Run shortcut with Windows+R > Type services.msc > OK.
    NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Options
    Execute services.msc In Run (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Modify Startup Type: Double-click on one of the NVIDIA services > Choose Startup Type as Automatic > Start > Apply > OK.
    Set Automatic Startup Type
    Set Automatic Startup Type (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Repeat For Others: Perform the same steps to activate all these NVIDIA services:
    NVIDIA LocalSystem Container
    NVIDIA Display Container LS
    NVIDIA NetworkService Container
    NVIDIA Telemetry Container
    NVIDIA Frameview SDK Service
    

In my experience, changing the service Startup Type and restarting them has effectively solved errors, such as when the MSI Command Center failed to run.


Last Words

The NVIDIA Control Panel has been a recurring issue that has existed for a decade for people across Windows 10 in NVIDIA Forums. Moreover, Windows 11 users have also complained about the same.

Despite widespread reports of this issue, NVIDIA has not addressed the problem in any of its updates, and NVIDIA Support hasn’t been of much help either.

The techniques mentioned in this guide were of great help to our team in restoring the missing options in the NVIDIA Control Panel. Meanwhile, switching screen resolution was the quickest.


Common Questions Answered

What Is The NVIDIA Control Panel?

It is a software interface for the NVIDIA graphics card to set or modify the advanced graphics settings or display options.

Why Are The Options Missing In My NVIDIA Control Panel?

Reasons behind the NVIDIA Control Panel display issues include an outdated driver, interference from your antivirus software, or some options that might be disabled.

How Can I Reset The NVIDIA Control Panel?

Go to your Desktop > Right-click on it to launch the NVIDIA Control Panel. Now click Manage 3D Settings > Restore Defaults.


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