Remove NVIDIA Display from Context (Right-Click) Menu on the Desktop

   Posted August 12, 2005 by David Kirk in Windows

Most NVIDIA drivers will install an entry called “NVIDIA Display” in your context menu. When people right-click on their desktop, they see this useless menu setting. Here is how to remove it.

This tutorial describes how to take NVIDIA out of your context menu.

It kills me when companies decide their products are so important that I should see their software everytime I right-click. NVIDIA is notorious for this.

Here is how to remove NVIDIA from your context menu:

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. Type regedit in the textbox.
    4. Click OK.
    5. In the registry editor, go to the following key:

    6. Right-click on NvCplDesktopContext, and select delete.
    7. Exit regedit.

Now, when you right-click, you will no longer see NVIDIA.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • HellFlyer

    Thanks a lot man!
    I also hate when they do such things, because of this annoying item in context menu i had to wait for 3-5 seconds until my right click menu appeared on desktop!

  • johnny

    Funny how this Nvidia context menu keep messing with OS after all this years. Even when there is option to remove it from context menu it often doesn’t work. I’ve seen this Nvidia thing creating problems on many computers over the years and only solution is that you manually delete it like this.

  • gparks

    I had a right click menu item Sedona which when clicked did nothing. I found it was related to the video card but could not find the entry. or means of removal
    Thanks so much for this information as it removed the entry

  • Yonatan Lehman

    Wow !! for months I’ve had a problem that when I right clicked on the desktop I would get the bust cursor for more than a minute. Your solution solved it completely. I’ve been looking for a solution for months.
    Just in case someone else has been struggling wit this problem – I use version 259.77 of the nVidia driver with the quadro 2000 board. The problem disappeared when I upgraded the driver to 306.97 = but unfortunately Avid media composer V5 does not work with this version of the driver.
    Anyway problem solved – thanks for sharing