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How to fix NVIDIA Control Panel not opening on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

The most recent upgrade to Windows 10 might have pulled a few tricks on your NVIDIA graphics card. Trying to open the NVIDIA Control Panel yields nothing but a blank stare from your PC.

Here's the problem: Windows Update thinks your NVIDIA driver is up to date, but in reality it is not. Here's how to download the latest graphics card driver and get NVIDIA Control Panel up and running again.

How to fix NVIDIA Control Panel not opening on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Device Manager.

  1. Double-click Display adapters.
  2. Double-click your NVIDIA graphics card.

  1. Click the Driver tab at the top of the window.
  2. Click the Update Driver button.

  1. Click Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will search for and download a driver.
  2. Click Close when the download and install is complete.

  1. Click the X in the top right corner of the Device Manager window.
  2. Click Yes to restart your computer.

Your NVIDIA Control Panel

Did your NVIDIA card crap out on you following the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? Did this solve the Control Panel problem? Let us know in the comments section below.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

7 Comments
  • I actually updated the graphics cards not knowing if the control panel was having issues or not, because few months back it thought it was updated while it really wasn't. But, I'd like seeing 2K release a fix for NBA 2K16's server issues with those on Anniversary Update. Both MS and Insiders gave them more than enough heads up for this.
  • Download the latest driver direct from Nvidia. My nvidia panel opens correctly, Driver hasn't been updated since before anniversary update Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Agreed. If you've got an Nvidia card why would you not use download the proper driver from them. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I have not updated Nvidia graphics driver since 3 months now, and will not do so until they release a stable one. I can live without NVidia Control Panel.
  • i have dual monitor, when i turn on comp, only one screen is on and mouse pointer is erractic. wonder if it relate to nvidia driver.
  • That is very likely a case of the system just having the basic generic VGA driver installed. I recommend installing the latest driver from Nvidia/AMD/Intel and it should take care of that for you. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I have problem with NFS Rivals after update at Aniversary,  when i play sudenly the game crash with a error refer to my Nvidia video card, i´m installing the last drivers at this moment