Nvidia GeForce Experience Not Working error code 0x0003 – Best Fixes

The GeForce Experience not working error code 0x0003 is one issue we have seen many users continue to deal with. For some, the GeForce Experience not working error started when they do their Windows 10 upgrades. For some, the program doesn’t open at all, while for others, it might open but some of the buttons are not functional, and for others, it could be that the drivers didn’t detect any games even when there are games installed.

Some users have also mentioned that the home and drivers buttons do nothing, notifications disappear, and settings buttons become useless, redeem buttons, log out and account buttons all stop to work. In this article, I’ll try to share some tips that could help you easily fix the Nvidia GeForce Experience not working issue.

Fix 1: Re-install the GeForce Experience Software

When corrupt, GeForce Experience may not work until you reinstall the software.

  1. Start by pressing Windows + R keys to enter the Run menu.   
  2. Go to the Control Panel by typing “control panel” in the search or input box
  3. Look for NVIDIA GeForce Experience. Right-click on it and click the uninstall option. 
  4. To re-install the software, go to Nvidia.com to redownload the .exe installer file again. Unfortunately, the download link for the software on Nvidia isn’t currently available, but the Beta version of the software is currently available. 
  5. After downloading the .exe file, open it and follow the installation guide 
  6. Go ahead and open the GeForce Experience software and see if it works as it should. 

Fix 2: Update Video Card Drivers

  1. To update the drivers, open Nvidia GeForce Experience, log in, or register on the platform using the appropriate forms 
  2. Once logged in, click on the Driver tab at the top. 
  3. Click on Update driver located at the top right and then on the search for updates button, which appears in the same position.
  4. If any available updates are found, click on the corresponding button to download and install them, which should take place automatically.

Fix 3: Change Nvidia Telemetry Container Settings

  1. Press the “Windows + R” key and type the task execution command MSC.
  2. Look for NVIDIA Telemetry Container and click Properties 
  3. Click on Connection and click on the tab that says Allow the installation to communicate with the desktop.
  4. Click on Apply. You can click OK if you want to edit and use the Save tab to save it. 

Fix 4: Re-enable the GeForce Experience Service

  1. Get into the Run dialog box by hitting the Win+R key combination
  2. Type and send the command services.msc in the Run box 
  3. Click on Nvidia GeForce Experience Service
  4. Find and click on the Restart button
  5. Finally, reset your Network Adapter 

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Fix 5: Change to account

Before you attempt any fixes, try this particular fix.

  1. Press the Windows Key + R
  2. Type – services.msc – and hit Enter
  3. Find – Nvidia Telemetry Container – and double click on it
  4. If the service is not already running, start it.
  5. Error 5 Access Denied –  or some others could pop-up, if any error pops up, change from Tab – General – to Tab – Log On – and see if that works
  6. In case you see – This Account – change to – Local System Account
  7. You can now start the service, you should get a – Restart Computer – notification, if not, and you can restart it manually.
  8. Nvidia Experience will now ask to start normally, and you will be required to – Agree – with the message. After this, you should have fixed the GeForce experience error code 0x0003 issue.

Fix 6: Force stop

The second GeForce Experience not working error code 0x0003 fix you should try if the one above doesn’t work is this.

  1. Press – ALT+CTRL+DEL – at the same time.
  2. Click – Task Manager – if the GeForce Experience is still running, PLEASE STOP IT. The GeForce Experience should NOT be running.
  3. Click – Services
  4. Search – CryptSyc – (Cryptographic Services)
  5. Right-click and select – Stop
  6. Start the GeForce Experience

Fix 7: Check Windows Defender

You should turn off the Windows defender real-time protection and see if the error disappears. We have found out that the Windows defender can get idiotic at times and try to stop legitimate use of some of the features, or even installing legitimate software. This fixed the error for some of those with the error, so it wouldn’t hurt to give it a trial.

We also discovered that many antivirus software can cause the Error Code 0x0003 on the GeForce Experience. So turn off your antivirus and then trying running GeForce. It should work now. If it doesn’t, try running as Administrator.

Fix 8: Revert to older version of the software

If you have an older version, reverting to it might work. But before you go back to the older version let’s try to clear the GeForce Experience Error Code 0x0003 by doing a clean install of the latest version of Experience. We have found that if you uninstall the older version, you’ll get an option to clean install a new one automatically. After you have uninstalled the older version, download and install the latest driver from Nvidia, after which you can manually download and install Experience. This has fixed the GeForce Experience Error Code 0x0003 for many users.

What is the GeForce Experience?

GeForce Experience is a program that helps you conveniently manage Nvidia graphics card drivers, offering various tools and special features for video game fans.

A proprietary program of Nvidia – one of the best-known chips and graphics hardware manufacturers – GeForce Experience is used for managing and updating Nvidia drivers. It also includes features for game recording and streaming.

You can use the software to install game-ready drivers that already contain configurations for specific games. An important feature is the automatic optimization of game graphics options

The tool is only available for 64-bit Windows 7 or earlier operating systems. However, the Windows 10-anniversary update is the most recommended by Nvidia. GeForce Experience is automatically supplied with newer driver versions. Otherwise, it can be downloaded free of charge from Nvidia.

Why is GeForce Experience not working for Twitch stream?

I think this problem has to do with a bug on Twitch’s end and/or a lack of verification at your end. Those who got the “Your broadcast to Twitch failed” with GeForce Experience report resolved the issue by simply enabling and setting two-factor authentication (2FA). And this is better done on a mobile phone. 

Why GeForce Experience hotkeys won’t work?

While there have been a couple of theories, the real cause of this problem is still not known. Restarting the computer is a temporary fix but the issue returns in a couple of hours. However, a simple fix that works for most users is uninstalling GPU drivers and GeForce Experience. Then, reinstall them both. 

GeForce Experience – How to fix Experimental not working

One of the working solutions is to uninstall GeForce Experience and reinstall it. If that doesn’t work for you, try downloading NVIDIA Experience without drivers. Uninstall Nvidia Experience and then re-install its Stand Alone version using the link here. Then you can enable Experimental features. All these take about two minutes. 

How to fix GeForce Experience Highlights not working

First, you have to note that GeForce Experience Highlights work on select games, as seen in this list. Meanwhile, it only clips highlights for Fortnite and not for any other games like Apex Legends or Rocket League. So, the only fix is to ensure that GeForce Experience Highlights support the action you’re trying to make. 

How to update Nvidia drivers

If you would like to update the Nvidia graphics card driver on your PC, this can be done automatically via Windows or manually. I’ll show you exactly how to do it:

Manually update Nvidia drivers

  1. Open the following Nvidia web page to go to the graphics card drivers.
  2. Enter the requested information and click “Search” if you know which graphics card is installed. 
  3. Download the current driver by using the “Download” button.
Nvidia GeForce Experience Not Working error code 0x0003 - Best Fixes

If you have no idea about your graphics card, select the gray “Graphics driver” button. Then, if you click on the “Install plug-in” button above, Nvidia will analyze your Nvidia version via Java. You will then be offered the appropriate download.

Update Nvidia graphics card driver via Windows

  1. Simultaneously press the Windows and R keys to open the “Run” command
  2. Enter devmgmt.msc here and confirm with “OK”. The device manager then starts.
  3. You will now find your Nvidia graphics card under the “Graphics card” category. Select this with the mouse.
  4. Right-click on the entry and select the Update driver software option.
  5. Windows uses the Automatically search for the latest driver software function to start the search. If an update is found, it will be installed.

How to uninstall GeForce Experience

There are two things to do here: uninstallation and residual file removal.

Step 1: Uninstall Geforce Experience manually

  1. Open the control panel and navigate to the sub-item “Uninstall a program.”
  2. Scroll down to the “Geforce Experience” entry.
  3. Right-click on it and click “Uninstall/Change.”
  4. Confirm this again in the uninstaller, and the program will be removed.

Alternatively, you can also use the “CCleaner” program to remove Geforce Experience directly. 

Step 2: Remove residual data from Geforce Experience

Press Win + R and enter the command “%appdata%”

  1. You will get a list of different programs.
  2. If there is still a “Geforce Experience” folder there, delete it with a right-click.
  3. Lastly, restart your PC.

How to open GeForce Experience

  1. When in-game, press the GeForce Experience hotkey, Alt + Z
  2. Release the keys when the overlay of the program appears on your screen 

What does NVIDIA backend do?

The Nvidia Backend is a vital part of the GeForce Experience program that handles network communications. The Nvidia Backend launches during startup with other app processes and ensures you can have access to the features of the program. 

How to add a game to Nvidia GeForce Experience

To manually add a game to GeForce Experience, you need to tell the app where to look for the game.

  1. Open the GeForce Experience app
  2. Click the three dots (More button) on the top right side
  3. Select Optimize all games from the menu 
  4. Check and click the gear button 
  5. Choose the Games tab in the left column.
  6. In the Scan location box, select Add.
  7. Choose the folder the game is installed.
  8. Click on “Analyze now.” 
  9. Let the scan complete and go to the Home tab. Your game will appear up there.

How to use GeForce Experience to record

With Shadowplay by Geforce Experience, you can easily record your gaming sessions. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. First, check the drivers via the corresponding menu item in the software.
  2. Turn ON the in-game overlay. To do this, click on the gear next to your name to go to the Geforce Experience settings and activate the option. The overlay can also be opened outside of a game. To do this, click on the green symbol to the left of the gear wheel. This is helpful if you want to start recording before gaming.
  3. In the middle, you will find Record. If you click on this, you can either start the recording or make settings for the recording quality.
  4. With the key combination Alt + F9 you start your recording without switching to the in-game overlay first. 
  5. Select the storage location for the videos via the settings in Geforce Experience.

How to stream with GeForce Experience

In addition to being able to record videos, Shadowplay can also stream directly to Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.

  1. Open the overlay with Alt + Z and click “Broadcast LIVE.”
  2. Use the “Start” button to select the channel on which you want to stream. Once you have made a choice, log in to your social media account.
Nvidia GeForce Experience Not Working error code 0x0003 - Best Fixes

3. Before the stream begins, you can choose who will see the stream and what your broadcast will be called. A successful stream is often characterized by good communication with viewers. To succeed, you should ensure that your microphone and webcam are up to date.

4. When all’s done, click Go Live to start streaming. You’re Live when the Broadcast icon is green 

Nvidia GeForce Experience Not Working error code 0x0003 - Best Fixes

Images source: Nvidia

So which of these fixes worked for you? We’d be happy to hear from you.

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