If you own an NVIDIA graphics card, the odds are that GeForce Experience was included with it. If you can’t find much use in it, you may consider uninstalling it. However, before you look at how to uninstall this software, the question is: should you remove it at all?
One of the reasons you might have found GeForce Experience uninteresting or even considered it bloatware is because it is a rather ‘quiet’ tool.
What we mean is that it will seemingly chill on your taskbar tray, rarely prompting you to do anything.
On the rare occasions that it does pop up, it’s usually to inform you that a new driver for your graphics card is available. That certainly isn’t a bad thing.
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Should You Uninstall GeForce Experience?
Although you can technically install or update your drivers using NVIDIA’s update software, it’s much simpler to use GeForce Experience.
If you still want to uninstall it from your machine, don’t worry about your drivers. They are available on NVIDIA’s official website and are still relatively simple to download and install.
It’s important to know that updating drivers is not the only task GeForce Experience is capable of. As it is a tool built by the card maker, it makes it much easier to optimize the settings for a particular game. This process requires almost no input from you, other than hitting the ‘optimize’ button.
As RTX cards gradually gained momentum, NVIDIA also pushed their efforts to create a better all-around tool for gamers. You can now use GeForce Experience to broadcast and record your gameplay. Although this is less efficient than a more mainstream solution such as OBS Studio, it still does the job.
This particular tool is called NVIDIA Share (formerly ShadowPlay) and allows 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 hard to justify when tools such as the aforementioned OBS Studio have successfully managed to overcome this issue.
It would be unfair not to mention NVIDIA’s efforts to improve. With the release of the RTX 3000 series, they have advanced leaps and bounds from their previous broadcasting solution.
Another really cool feature is the ability to apply filters to your in-game screenshots. This might seem odd to even mention, but these filters are meant to take extremely high-resolution pictures and turn your screenshots into HDR-quality images.
Again, we need to emphasize the best use and strongest argument to keep GeForce Experience. The greatest benefit is that, because NVIDIA is a market-leader brand, game companies will often work directly with NVIDIA to better optimize their video settings.
There will often be a need for a new driver, and GeForce Experience allows you to immediately and effortlessly download any new drivers as they are released.
However, if you’re still unconvinced and are determined to uninstall GeForce Experience, you’re in luck because the process is relatively simple. The good news is that there is no need to remove anything else, and no preparation is required to uninstall GeForce Experience.
It is strongly recommended that you do not remove your drivers. Despite this tool serving as an automatic driver updater, you can remove it without touching the drivers themselves, which are needed to run video games or any other complex video output.
Uninstalling GeForce Experience
- Go to Control Panel and click Add Or Remove Programs – This is the initial step of removing almost any software on your PC and this is no exception.
- Find NVIDIA GeForce Experience and click ‘Uninstall’ – Despite there being other NVIDIA software installed on your PC, you will only need to 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 that you will still see an NVIDIA icon on the taskbar. Don’t worry; this isn’t GeForce Experience but rather NVIDIA Control Panel. This is another tool that helps you improve the performance of your GPU, although it is quite 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 alternative.
Finally, if you have changed your mind and want to reinstall GeForce Experience, you can download it from NVIDIA’s official site and then follow the easy installation process.