4 Ways to Fix NVIDIA GeForce Experience Not Opening

4 Ways to Fix NVIDIA GeForce Experience Not Opening

/ Sedfrey Galope

The NVIDIA GeForce Experience program is used by many for various reasons. It can be used to record your precious gameplay, you can stream your game over to various streaming platforms, optimize your game settings and a lot more. This program however can only be enjoyed by users who have an NVIDIA GTX and above graphics card.

Together with the rising popularity of GeForce Experience comes reports of the program malfunctioning or not opening. These reports claim that although the GeForce Experience icon is present in the system tray, they cannot double click or right click on the icon to open the program.

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Today, we will walk you through the top 4 methods that have helped users who have experienced the GeForce Experience not opening issue.

First Method – Reinstall a Fresh Copy of NVIDIA GeForce Experience

Reinstalling a fresh copy of GeForce Experience means you are installing new copies of the possibly corrupted files that are currently installed in your computer. To do this, you will have to remove the currently installed version of GeForce Experience.

  1. Hold down the “Windows” and “R” keys at the same time then type “appwiz.cpl” in the command line and press “enter”. The Programs and Features window will come up.
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  1. Look for the “NVIDIA GeForce Experience” and click “Uninstall/Change”. Follow the prompts to completely remove the program from your computer.
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  1. Once GeForce Experience has been successfully removed from your computer, you can go to their official website and download a fresh copy of their installer file.
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  1. After downloading a fresh copy of GeForce Experience, double click the executable file to launch the installation. Follow the installation wizard as per usual and confirm if the problem has been fixed.

Second Method – Confirm if All NVIDIA GeForce Services are Enabled

  1. Press down the “Windows” key and “R” and type in “services.msc” in the run line command and press enter to bring up Windows Services.
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  1. Once you have the Services window open, modify the settings of your services to the same settings as listed below:
  • NVIDIA Display Container LS – Automatic
  • NVIDIA NetworkService Container – Manual
  • NVIDIA LocalSystem Container – Automatic
  • NVIDIA LocalSystem Container – Automatic
  • NVIDIA GeForce Experience Service – Automatic (Delayed Start)
  • NVIDIA Geforce Experience Backend Service – Automatic (Delayed Start)
  • NVIDIA Telemetry Container service – Automatic

In the screenshot below, our example is the NVIDIA Display Container LS service. Right click on it and select properties and then set it to “Automatic” in the Startup type and click “OK”. Make sure to perform the same steps with the appropriate Startup type for the rest of the services.

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Note: All services should be running. Click on “Start” the services on the upper left corner of the window if the service is stopped.

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  1. Once all the services have been configured properly, restart the computer and open GeForce Experience to confirm if it has already been fixed.

Third Method – Manually Update the Drivers for Your Display Graphics

New updates come with bug fixes and features. However, getting an update automatically would not be possible if GeForce Experience is not opening or working properly. Good news is, manually updating the drivers for your display graphics is possible and quite easy. Follow these steps to perform a manual update on your graphics drivers.

  1. Hold down the “Windows” and “R” keys and type in “devmgmt.msc” in the run command line and press enter.
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  1. In the list of devices in the Device Manager, look for “Display Adapters” and right click on your Graphics Card and Click on “Update driver”.
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  1. In the next window, click on “Search Automatically for Drivers” and wait for the download to complete and run the installation.
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  1. Once the driver has been installed successfully, restart your computer and check if NVIDIA GeForce Experience is already working properly.

Fourth Method – Disable Windows Defender Temporarily

There are instances when Windows Defender would put harmless files in quarantine. This is what you call “false positive” files. If a file from GeForce Experience has been detected as a false positive, this may cause the program not to work properly. To determine if it’s a problem with Windows Defender, you should temporarily disable it.

  1. Open Windows Defender by clicking on the Windows button and type “Windows Security” and press “enter”.
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  1. Click on “Virus & Threat Protection” in the Windows Security homepage.
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  1. Under Virus & Threat Protection Settings, click “Manage Settings” and disable the following options:
  • Real-time Protection
  • Cloud-delivered Protection
  • Automatic Sample Submission
  • Tamper Protection
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  1. Once all of the options have been disabled, open NVIDIA GeForce Experience and check if the issue has been fixed.

Note: If the issue has been fixed, you now need to put the NVDIA GeForce Experience folder to the exclusions of Windows Defender

Optional Method – Exclude NVIDIA GeForce Experience from Windows Defender

  1. Open Windows Defender by clicking on the Windows button and type “Windows Security” and press “enter”.
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  1. Under the “Virus & Threat Protection Settings” click on the “Manage Settings”.
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  1. Click on “Add or Remove Exclusions” under Exclusions
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  1. Click on “add an exclusion” and select “Folder”. Choose the “NVIDIA Corporation” folder and click “select folder”
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  1. You can now enable Windows Defender and open GeForce Experience.

Final Words

No matter what issues you get with NVIDIA GeForce experience, there will always be a solution. If you are currently experiencing one, just relax and follow one of our methods to finally enjoy the features that come with your graphics card.

Sedfrey Galope
Meet the author

Sedfrey is an experienced writer, editor, PC hardware, and gaming enthusiast. In his spare time, he enjoys online gaming or reading about the latest innovation in the PC market. As a result, he is constantly challenged to find fixes to hardware and software errors. Sed believes that there is always a way to make software and applications work. As a result, you will find his articles and guides easy to follow.