Updating driver regularly is a good practice, especially when it comes to video cards. However, doing so may risk us to install unwanted features that come with the driver as well. One of these is the Nvidia GeForce Experience.
GeForce Experience is Nvidia’s proprietary software in which separate applications, including Game Optimization, GameStream, ShadowPlay, Battery Boost and LED Visualizer are included. They are designed to automatically adjust the configuration of the GeForce graphics card based on the games we play.
It sounds good, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, a lot of people report that this software, running as a background process, frequently causes high CPU usage.
Reasons are not known yet. But this is definite a detrimental threat to us all flightsimmers who always thirst for CPU power.
So to play safe, it’s better not to install it in the first place.
However, this Nvidia GeForce Experience might still appear on the system Processes list after updating, even though users have explicitly unchecked this option and chose to perform a clean install.
I just encountered this situation at my last update two days ago. It’s annoying.
Anyway, here’s how I remove it.
- Right-click on the menu bar to call up the Task Manager (on Windows 7 or earlier, tap on the Windows-key, type msconfig.exe and hit enter).
- Right-click to End the Nvidia Backend process.
- Then go to the Startup tab. Right-click the Nvidia Backend and select “Disable” to stop it from loading the next time Windows starts.
- In addition, go to “C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\Update Core“. Rename NvBackend.exe to something like NvBackend.exe.bak. This will stop it from being loaded again in whatever situation.
When did you have your Nvidia driver last updated?