What causes GeForce Experience scan problems?
There are many reasons why your game might not show up in GeForce Experience. Some of the main causes of this error include outdated NVIDIA graphics card drivers, corrupted game files, insufficient permissions, etc.
How to fix GeForce Experience error when finding games on Windows
1. Add games or apps manually
1. Click the toggle next to your account name and select Account.
2. Click GAMES & APPS > ADD to open Windows File Explorer.
3. Select the folder where you installed the game or application and click Select Folder.
4. Click SCAN NOW to have GeForce Experience add your selected game to the dashboard.
2. Restart NVIDIA service
1. Press the Win + R key combination to open the Run dialog box.
2. Type services.msc into the dialog box and press Enter. This will open the Services app, where you can restart/enable/disable the service and do many other things.
3. Find the NVIDIA Display Container LS service in the list of services.
4. Right click on it and select Restart option from the context menu.
5. Do the same process, i.e. restart the service with NVIDIA LocalSystem Container and Cryptographic Services.
6. Once done, make sure to restart your PC once.
This will force all necessary services to restart and fix runtime errors.
3. Run GeForce Experience with admin rights
Find the GeForce Experience shortcut on the desktop and right-click it. Click the Run as administrator option from the context menu to launch it with admin rights.
Note: You must be careful when running the program with admin rights. This can cause security problems if the program is affected by any malware.
4. Repair missing or corrupted registry entries
In some cases, missing registry entries can also cause the GeForce Experience scan to fail.
5. Delete NVIDIA AppData folder
1. Press the keyboard shortcut Win + E to bring up Windows File Explorer.
2. Type %LocalAppData% on its navigation bar and press Enter.
3. Search for the NVIDIA Corporation folder and delete it. You can select NVIDIA Corporation and press Shift + Del to delete the folder permanently.
4. After you delete the folder, open GeForce Experience and check the scan issue again.
Note: The article recommends being very careful when deleting files from the AppData folder. Deleting the wrong file can lead to other problems that get you in more serious trouble.
6. Reinstall GeForce Experience on the desktop
1. Before reinstalling, you should properly uninstall GeForce Experience. You can use one of the ways to remove software on Windows.
2. Go to the official NVIDIA GeForce Experience website and click the Download Now button.
3. Double-click the installer file you just downloaded.
4. On the NVIDIA Installer window, click AGREE AND INSTALL.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the program on your desktop.
6. Once the setup is finished, you can click the three-dot menu then click Scan for games & apps. This will scan your entire Windows system for installed games or applications to optimize.
If the scanning problem is related to corrupted software files, this reinstallation should resolve the issue.