GeForce Experience is an incredibly powerful software that works perfectly with GeForce GTX series graphics cards. By installing this application on your PC, you won’t have to worry about updating drivers. In addition, it automatically optimizes the graphics settings of your games to give you the best gaming experience.
However, some users have encountered problems when the GeForce Experience software can’t find local games and can’t find Steam games. Since this prevents you from using the full power of your GTX graphics card, the annoyance is understandable.
While no official solution to this problem has been released, we’ve compiled a few methods that have proven useful in other users’ situations in this Techquack article. Read on to learn more.
Why is GeForce Experience not finding games on Windows 10?
Check our full list of possible causes. Finding out the exact cause is very helpful, as it will make it easier for you to choose the right method!
No Administrator Rights: If the games are in folders that cannot be accessed without administrator rights, the best thing to do is to give these rights to the GeForce Experience executable.
No game locations provided: GeForce Experience only searches for games in folders that you have set as game locations in the client settings. If you have installed games outside of these folders, be sure to add these folders to resolve the problem.
Lack of ownership and control: If the folders where the games are located have access restrictions, you can easily solve this problem by granting ownership and permissions to the Everyone account.
Blocked by Firewall: GeForce Experience must properly connect to the Internet to find information about the game and recognize it as installed. The Windows Defender firewall can block this, so be sure to skip it.
Installation issues: Your GeForce Experience client may not behave correctly and you may need to fix this. You can do this by enabling experimental features, clearing the cache, or reinstalling and upgrading to the latest version.
Driver problems: If your client is updated and the graphics drivers are out of date, you may run into this problem. Make sure you have installed the latest versions of NVIDIA drivers with GeForce Experience!
The solution to the problem when GeForce Experience cannot find games on Windows 10
Update your NVidia driver
Some users solve the problem of no games on GeForce Experience by simply updating their NVidia drivers. If you are using GeForce Experience with an outdated driver, you may encounter this error. Here’s how to update your NVidia drivers with GeForce Experience.
- Launch the GeForce Experience client and click the Drivers tab on the top menu bar.
- Click the Check for Updates button in the top right corner. Then wait for a moment to check for drivers.
- If a new driver is found under Available, click the green Download button.
- Then install it on your computer.
- After the installation is complete, restart your computer and run the GeForce Experience client again to see if the problem persists.
Run GeForce as an Administrator
If GeForce Experience cannot find Steam games, it may be due to insufficient permissions. If games are installed in a folder that cannot be accessed without sufficient rights, GeForce Experience may have trouble loading games. To solve the problem, you can try running this program as an administrator. Here’s how:
- Right-click on the GeForce Experience shortcut on your desktop and select “Properties” from the context menu.
- Click the “Compatibility” tab, check the “Run this program as administrator” box, and click OK to save your changes.
- Restart this program and see if the problem with GeForce Experience not finding Steam games have been resolved.
Set the correct folders as locations for games
The “GeForce Experience cannot find games” error can occur if you install games in different locations. For example, if you are installing games on different hard drives. To avoid this problem, make sure you add the correct folders as game locations. To do this:
- Locate the GeForce Experience executable and open it.
- On the dashboard, under the Settings tab, go to “Games” and turn on the “Game Search” option.
- If the folder where your game is located isn’t there, click More and select the folder where your game is located.
- Now GeForce Experience will start searching for installed games, and you can check to see if the problem is resolved or not.
Give you full control of your game folder
In addition to the above methods, you can give full control over the folder where your games are located. This will make it easier for GeForce Experience to find games. Let’s give it a try.
- Right-click on the folder with the problematic games and select “Properties” from the context menu.
- Go to the Security tab and click the Advanced button.
- In the pop-up window, click the blue Edit button next to the Owner section.
- Click the Add button to add the new permissions.
- Click Choose a Principal, then type Everyone and click Check Name.
- When you are finished, click OK to save your changes.
- Select the Full Access check box.
- Make sure that the type is set to Allow under Basic permissions.
- Then click OK to add full access permissions.
After following the steps above, close all windows and restart GeForce Experience to make sure it can find all installed games.
Check to see if your games are supported
If you find that GeForce Experience can’t find any games on Windows 10, the first thing to do is to check if your games are supported by GeForce Experience.
This indicates that games can be detected by this program. You can see a list of games supported by GeForce Experience here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Open the GeForce Experience.
- Click the Advanced Options button (three dots) in the upper right corner.
- From the menu, select Optimize all games.
- Click the gear button at the top.
- In the left column, select the Games tab.
- Click the Add button under the Search Location field.
- Select the folder in which the game is installed.
Click on the box with the hidden game. When it opens, you will find the "Hide" option in the lower right corner of the game content area.
GeForce Experience cannot find my games. First, make sure your game is supported. Next, if your game is supported, check to see if the installation directory is checked by GeForce Experience. You can see which directories are checked and add them by going to Settings -> Games.
Once you're in a game, simply press the GeForce Experience shortcut (Alt+Z by default) and the GeForce Experience overlay will appear. Once opened, you will see several options. The Instant Replay feature, Nvidia ShadowPlay records the last few minutes of gameplay when you press a certain key combination.