If you’ve got an Nvidia graphics card, odds are that GeForce Experience came with it. If you can’t see much use in it, you may consider uninstalling it. However, before you go looking for how to do this, the question should be: should you remove it at all?
One of the reasons you might’ve found GeForce Experience uninteresting or even considered it bloatware is because it is indeed a rather ‘quiet’ tool.
What we mean is that it will just chill on your taskbar tray, rarely ever prompting you to do something. And when it does pop up, it’ll usually be with the purpose of informing you that a new driver for your graphics card is available; that’s certainly not bad, is it?
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Should You Uninstall GeForce Experience?
Although you can technically install or update your drivers using Nvidia’s software, it’s just simpler to use GeForce Experience.
If you still want to uninstall it from your machine, you shouldn’t worry about your drivers. They’re on Nvidia’s official website and they are relatively simple to download and install.
You should know that updating drivers is not the only thing that GeForce Experience is capable of. Thanks to the fact that it is a tool built directly by the card maker, it makes it much easier for you to optimize the settings for a particular game. Actually, it doesn’t require almost anything from you apart from hitting the ‘optimize’ button.
As RTX cards slowly gained steam, so did Nvidia push their efforts to create a better all-around tool for gamers. Nowadays, you can use GeForce Experience to broadcast and record your gameplay. Although it isn’t as efficient as a more mainstream solution like OBS Studio, it still does its job.
This particular tool is called Nvidia Share (formerly ShadowPlay) and will allow you to stream and record without needing to download additional software. However, the downside of Nvidia Share is that it causes a frame rate drop of around 5-10%. Although this is expected, it’s still hard to justify when tools like the aforementioned OBS Studio have successfully managed to get around this issue.
It would be unfair not to mention Nvidia’s efforts in terms of improvement. With the release of the RTX 3000 series, they have made leaps and bounds advances over the previous broadcasting solution.
Another thing that’s really cool is the ability to apply filters to your in-game screenshots. This may seem odd to even mention, but filters are meant to take extremely high-resolution pictures and turn your screenshots into HDR-quality images.
Again, we have to emphasize the actual best use and the strongest argument to keep GeForce Experience. What only a handful of people know is that, because Nvidia is a market-leader brand, game companies will often work with Nvidia to better optimize their video settings.
Oftentimes, there will be a need for a new driver, and GeForce Experience allows you to instantly and effortlessly download any new driver that comes out.
However, if you’re still not convinced and remain firm on uninstalling GeForce Experience, you’re in luck because the process is relatively simple. The good news is that there is no need to actually remove anything else, and no preparation whatsoever required to uninstall GeForce Experience.
In fact, it is recommended and strongly advised that you do not remove your drivers. Despite this tool being a good automatic driver updater, you can remove it just fine without touching the drivers, which are necessary to run video games or any other more complex video output.
So, to uninstall GeForce Experience, just follow these steps:
- Go to Control Panel -> click Add Or Remove Programs – this is the initial step of removing almost any other software on your PC. Luckily, this is no different.
- Find Nvidia GeForce Experience and click ‘Uninstall’ – despite there being other Nvidia software installed on your PC, it’s enough to only click this one. Afterward, you will be prompted to confirm your decision.
- Click ‘Close’ and you’re done – it’s that easy.
It’s important to note here that you will still see an Nvidia icon on the taskbar. Don’t worry because this isn’t GeForce Experience but rather Nvidia Control Panel. This is another tool to help you improve the performance of your GPU, although rather rudimentary.
Fun fact: you can choose which vertical sync setting you wish to use. Hint: don’t go with VSync unless you have no other option.
Finally, if you have changed your mind and wish to reinstall GeForce Experience, you can download it from Nvidia’s official site and then follow the easy installation process.