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Fixed NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay not working on Windows PC

Normally, on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 gaming computer, pressing the Alt+Z key combination will bring up your NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay. Some PC users report the issue of NVIDIA GeForce overlay not working on games on their gaming device. In this article, we propose the most suitable solutions to this problem.

The likely culprits of this problem are as follows:

  • Old or faulty drivers
  • Conflicting Third Party Services
  • Visual C++ Redistributable Package Issues
  • Missing Media Feature Pack
  • Steam capture parameters
  • Spotify overlay has interference
  • Administrator permissions

NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay not working

GeForce Experience game overlay gives you access to GPU-accelerated video recording, screenshot, streaming, and cooperative gaming capabilities.

If the NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay is not working on your Windows 11/10 system, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if it helps to fix the problem on your gaming PC.

  1. Make sure GeForce In-Game overlay is enabled
  2. Disable media keys and hardware acceleration in the Spotify app (if applicable)
  3. Update your graphics driver
  4. Disable NVFBC capture on NVIDIA GPU in Steam (if applicable)
  5. Enable experimental features
  6. Troubleshoot problems in the clean boot state
  7. Repair the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package
  8. Install the Media Feature Pack
  9. Reinstall GeForce Experience

Let's take a look at the description of the process involved regarding each of the solutions listed.

Before you try the solutions below, restart your PC first and make sure you run the GeForce Experience app with administrator privileges, and then see if the problem is resolved. If not, check for updates and install all available bits on your Windows 11/10 device and see if it helps.

1]Make sure GeForce In-Game overlay is enabled

 

You can start troubleshooting to fix the issue on your Windows 11/10 system by making sure that GeForce In-Game overlay is enabled. To perform this task, follow these steps:

  • Open the GeForce experience.
  • Click the gear icon to open Settings.
  • In the left navigation panel, select GENERAL.
  • Now, scroll down in the right pane until you reach OVERLAY IN THE GAME section.
  • Toggle the switch to Au.

2]Disable media keys and hardware acceleration in spotify app (if applicable)

It appears when the Spotify overlay is in use, this interferes with the proper functioning of the NVIDIA GeForce Experience In-Game overlay. Some affected users have reported that they were able to fix this issue by disabling the hardware acceleration and media keys option in the Spotify app.

To disable media keys and hardware acceleration in the Spotify app, follow these steps:

  • Open Spotify.
  • Click the Edit entry in the menu bar at the top of the window.
  • Choose Preferences (or press Ctrl + P key combination) from the list of menu options.
  • Now, scroll down to View Option section.
  • In the section, locate the Show desktop overlay when using media keys option and toggle the button to Disabled.
  • Then, scroll down and click on the Show Advanced Settings button to open the advanced settings.
  • On the Advanced Settings page, scroll down to the Compatibility section.
  • In the section, toggle the button to the Enable hardware acceleration option of Disabled.

Once done, you can reopen the GeForce Experience client and the issue should be resolved. If not, proceed to the next solution.

3]Update your graphics driver

Fixed NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay not working on Windows PC

The current issue is likely to occur due to corrupted or outdated graphics drivers. In this case, to resolve the issue, update the graphics card driver on your gaming PC.

Here are the options available to you:

  • You can manually update the graphics driver through Device Manager if you have already downloaded the .inf or .sys file for the driver.
  • You can also update the driver via the command prompt.
  • In Windows Update, you can also get driver updates in the Optional Updates section, or you can download the latest version of the driver from the graphics hardware manufacturer's website.

4]Disable NVFBC capture on the NVIDIA GPU in Steam (if applicable)

Follow these steps:

 
  • Launch the Steam client.
  • Click the Steam button in the menu bar at the top right of the window.
  • Select Settings.
  • On the Settings page, in the left navigation pane, select the Home Broadcast tab.
  • Now, in the right pane under the Advanced Host Options section, uncheck the box of the Use NVFBC capture on NVIDIA GPU option.
  • In the Steam window, click the Steam button again and click Exit to exit Steam completely.

Once done, you can reopen the GeForce Experience client and see if the issue in question is resolved. If not, proceed to the next solution.

5]Enable experimental features

Enabling experimental features in GeForce Experience allows you to access updates and features that haven't been released to all users. This solution requires you to enable the experimental features and see if that fixes the problem.

 

Follow these steps:

  • Open the GeForce experience.
  • Click the gear icon to open Settings.
  • In the left navigation panel, select GENERAL.
  • Under the ON section, check the Enable experimental features option. An update to GeForce Experience may be required.

Once done, check if the in-game GeForce overlay is working now. If not, try the following solution.

6]Troubleshooting in a clean boot state

Fixed NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay not working on Windows PC

You may experience the problem due to third-party services preventing the GeForce overlay from working properly. In this case, to resolve the issue, you can resolve the clean boot state issue by temporarily disabling all services except NVIDIA services and restarting your system. At startup, if the GeForce overlay starts working again, you can try enabling third-party services one by one to identify problematic services. Then, restart your computer to apply the changes.

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7]Repair Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package

Fixed NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay not working on Windows PC

Microsoft Visual C++ redistributable packages ensure that certain programs work properly without encountering conflicts on your Windows 11/10 PC. If these redistributables are corrupted, it can prevent the GeForce overlay from working normally.

To repair Visual C++ Redistributable through the Settings app, follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Click Apps in the left navigation pane.
  • Now, scroll down on the Apps & Features right pane.
  • Click the ellipsis (three vertical dots) for the installed Visual C++ redistributable.
  • Select Edit.
  • Click Repair.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the repair operation.
  • Repeat for all other versions of the package installed on your system.

Alternatively, you can repair Visual C++ Redistributable via Programs and Features on your Windows 11/10 computer by following the instructions in the guide on how to fix run-time error R6034.

8]Install the Media Feature Pack

Since media-related features don't ship with K/N/KN editions of Windows 11/10, if you're experiencing the issue in question and you're running the K/N/KN edition of Windows, you can try installing the Media Feature Pack and see if that fixes the issue you're currently facing.

9]Reinstall GeForce Experience

At this point, if nothing has worked so far to fix the current issue, it's likely due to inconsistencies or corrupted GeForce Experience app installation files. In this case, to fix the problem, you can reinstall the entire app to fix the problem on your gaming PC.

To apply this solution, you can uninstall the GeForce Experience app through the Settings app or Control Panel, restart the PC, and then download the latest version of the app from NVIDIA's official website and reinstall it on your Windows 11/10 gaming device.

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How do I open the overlay in GeForce Experience?

Simply tap the "Alt +Z" shortcut or the Share icon to access the powerful capture and recording features. With this overlay, you can easily enjoy GeForce Experience's ability to record gameplay at 60FPS up to 4K, for both full-screen and windowed modes.

Is ShadowPlay better than OBS?

One of the differences between ShadowPlay and OBS is the effect on CPU performance. ShadowPlay does not affect processor performance, even extending its support at higher frame rates. On the other hand, OBS has a significant effect on CPU performance, even when working on limited frame rates. NVIDIA ShadowPlay offers much better output with much less lag than recording via OBS.

Is GeForce good for recording?

The GeForce experience, a companion app for video cards, makes it extremely simple to record game footage. If you have a PC with an NVIDIA card – and most gamers do – there's no need to install anything. If you're playing a game that puts less cpu strain, it won't affect performance as much. If you use a GPU-bound encoder, it will affect performance more.

Is ShadowPlay free?

NVIDIA's ShadowPlay can have top-to-bottom performance depending on your PC's configuration. But it's free, easy to use, and can be edited for direct recording, capturing the action-packed final minutes of your game, or streaming your adventures on Twitch. Keep in mind that if you run ShadowPlay features such as instant replay, recording, or live streaming, it will affect the FPS at varying levels depending on the GPU.

 
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