Moving this discussion to the Hardware forum.
Right click on the Desktop and select the Nvidia Control Panel. Select manage 3D settings on the left. Then on the Right you should see a drop down box that says Preferred Graphics Processor. Click the drop down options and look for the High Performance Nvidia option. Select that and the apply the change. Then launch AE and see if it initializes with the Nvidia GPU.
Thanks for for the input.
I did as you suggested just now, and previously some time ago with a NVIDIA tech via chat, and AE says ' Incompatible device or Driver'.
I have even manually added the card name to the AE support file with ray tracer supported cards listed in it, which has worked for some people apparently with non-listed NVIDIA cards, but that only activated CUDA info in the Preview preferences panel. GPU info is not listed though the GPU selection button becomes selectable. However, the message of 'No compatible device or Driver' still appears. So, I deleted the card from he list to bring everything back to normal.
I guess it's too much to expect Adobe to have any concrete answer to whether there is a solution of any kind?
Just out of curiosity how much video ram is in the GPU in your laptop?