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What is nvcpl.dll?

Part of NVIDIA Compatible Windows Vista Display driver, Version 180.70 by NVIDIA

What is it?

The NVIDIA Display Properties Extension component is installed with most NVIDIA GPU driver. The library exports functions that allows configuration of the desktop and its displays using the interfaces are exposed by this API. It provides the ability of Windows to control the display's functionality including the gamma, PowerMizer settings, and also to obtain display information such as multimonitor modes and a list of the displays that are connected to the system.
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How is nvcpl.dll loaded?

Context menu handler - nvcpl.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of NvCplDesktopContext. Windows Explorer displays a context menu for a file object when it is clicked with the right mouse button. This context menu allows various operations to be performed on the file object from within Explorer, like printing it or opening it with another program.
Approved shell extension - nvcpl.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {A70C977A-BF00-412C-90B7-034C51DA2439} with and identifier of NvCpl DesktopContext Class. When the system detects that the user is downloading an external program that runs as part of the Windows user interface, the system searches for a digital certificate or requests that the user approve the action. If you enable this policy, Windows only starts approved programs.
Safe for scripting control - nvcpl.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {11556518-F20D-49EC-A531-E0BDDD5E6660} with and identifier of CLSID\{11556518-F20D-49EC-A531-E0BDDD5E6660}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}. Safe for scripting is a Windows policy that disables the Internet Explorer security prompt for Windows Installer scripts. It allows Web-based programs to install software on the computer without notifying the user. By default, when a script hosted by an Internet browser tries to install a program on the system, the system warns users and allows them to select or refuse the installation. This setting suppresses the warning and allows the installation to proceed.
Safe for initializing control - nvcpl.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {11556518-F20D-49EC-A531-E0BDDD5E6660} with and identifier of CLSID\{11556518-F20D-49EC-A531-E0BDDD5E6660}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95802-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}. When a program is initialized, it can receive data from another program for initializing its state. This is a potential security hazard because the data could come from an untrusted source. Programs that guarantee no security breach regardless of the data source are considered safe for initialization and are registered as such.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the nvcpl.dll file.Of the 0.2% of nvcpl.dll users, 18.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)

About NVIDIA Corporation

Nvidia specializes in the manufacture of graphics-processor technologies for workstations, desktop computers, and mobile devices. The company, based in Santa Cl More...
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File details

File name: nvcpl.dll
Publisher: NVIDIA Corporation (verified)
Name: NVIDIA Compatible Windows Vista Display driver, Version 180.70
Description: NVIDIA Display Properties Extension
Size: 13.05 MB
Original file name: NVCPL.DLL

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 8/6/2007
Expiration date: 9/1/2009

Context menu handler details

Name: NvCplDesktopContext

Approved shell extension details

CLSID: {FFB699E0-306A-11d3-8BD1-00104B6F7516}
Command: Play on my TV helper

Safe for scripting control details

CLSID: {11556518-F20D-49EC-A531-E0BDDD5E6660}
Command: CLSID\{11556518-F20D-49EC-A531-E0BDDD5E6660}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}

Safe for initializing control details

CLSID: {11556518-F20D-49EC-A531-E0BDDD5E6660}
Command: CLSID\{11556518-F20D-49EC-A531-E0BDDD5E6660}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95802-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}

Image hashes

MD5: d58b5359d5cd086ffaf6ac14e9b19955
SHA-1: 33b5787f309b6e0dfbbc6e1635a693eb61295be6

PE image details

File packed: No
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