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Nvidia isn’t exactly a software company, but its drivers and the Geforce Experience utility app is pretty well made and relatively stable. However, just like everything tech, it can run into issues from time to time. 

In this article, we’re going over a few fixes for the Geforce experience, telling you “something went wrong”.

Also read: 7 ways to fix ‘Can’t open Nvidia control panel’ error?

Restart Nvidia services

One of the best solutions to just about any program not opening is to close all of its instances and process and simply start the program again. If you cannot start the Geforce experience utility, try killing the Nvidia display contain process and relaunch the utility.

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar and click on Task Manager.

Step 2: Close any Nvidia processes you see. Especially the ones named Nvidia Contain.

Now try starting the Geforce experience again, and it should work just fine. 

Make sure all Nvidia services are running

The Geforce Experience utility requires a few services to be running in the background. Check to see if any of them are inactive.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run prompt. Type in services.msc and hit enter.

Step 2: Find the Nvidia Display Container LS service and double-click it to proceed.

Step 3: Ensure that the Startup type is set to Automatic and that the service is running. Click Apply followed by OK when you’re done.

Now restart your PC and try re-accessing the tool. This should resolve any issues you were facing.

Check your GPU drivers

Next, it’s time to manually reinstall GPU drivers if there might be some issue with the driver files themselves. 

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

Step 2: Under Display Adaptors. find your graphics card’s name, right-click on it and click on Update Drivers.

Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will then automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.

While this should help resolve the error, in case it doesn’t, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later. 

Reinstall all Nvidia applications

If nothing else works, try reinstalling all Nvidia applications from scratch. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the Run prompt. Type appwiz.cpl and hit enter.

Step 2: Find all Nvidia programs in the list and uninstall them. Restart your PC once you’re done.

Step 3: Once your PC has booted up, try reinstalling the Nvidia driver and Geforce experience from the driver download page

Reinstall the Visual C++ Redistributable

The Visual C++ redistributable is an important Nvidia dependency. Try reinstalling to see if that helps the issue.

Head over to the Visual C++ Redistributable download page and download the setup file. Run it on your system to install or repair the C++ Redistributable and restart your computer to see if that resolved your problem.

Check for Windows Updates

More often than not, Windows Updates tend to fix any issues that you might be facing. It’s always a good idea to keep your copy of Windows up to date both from a performance and a security perspective.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to get to Windows settings. Click on Update & Security.

Step 2: Install any updates if available, restart your PC and try revisiting YouTube. 

Also read: How to set up and use instant replay on Nvidia GeForce Experience?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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