Some PC users may encounter the Scanning failed error which appears when NVIDIA GeForce Experience tries to scan your Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer for installed games. This post is intended to help affected users with the most adequate solutions to fix the issue.
Why is my GeForce Experience not scanning?
IF you notice that your GeForce Experience is not scanning on your Windows 11/10 computer, it’s most likely the software is corrupted. In this case, to resolve the issue, you may need to perform a reinstall. The problem will be fixed by repairing any corrupted files or computer entries. Click on uninstall in the Settings app menu to remove it from your computer. Go to the official NVIDIA website to download the installer again.
How do I scan games with NVIDIA GeForce Experience?
To scan games with NVIDIA GeForce Experience on your Windows 11/10 PC, follow these instructions: Open the NVIDIA GeForce Experience app. On the app’s Home screen, click the ellipsis (three dots) button at the top right. Select the Optimize all games option. Next, click the same button again, and select Scan for games. Allow the scan to finish. The Home screen will show you new games it has found.
Fix Scanning Failed error in NVIDIA GeForce Experience
If you’re faced with this issue, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that helps to resolve the NVIDIA GeForce Experience Scanning Failed Error.
- Clean Install NVIDIA graphics driver
- Run GeForce Experience with Admin privilege
- Take Ownership of Game Installation Folder
- Reinstall GeForce Experience
Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved concerning each of the listed solutions.
1] Clean Install NVIDIA graphics driver
To clean install the NVIDIA graphics driver on your Windows 11/10 computer to fix the NVIDIA GeForce Experience Scanning Failed Error, you first need to uninstall the graphics driver via Device Manager or alternatively use the Display Driver Uninstaller tool. Once done, you can then proceed with the clean install of the NVIDIA graphics driver as follows:
- Open the Download page for NVIDIA drivers.
- Enter the required information including the NVIDIA driver and operating system in the boxes.
- Click on Search to see a list of NViDIA drivers.
- Scroll down the list until you find the required driver.
- Select its name and click on the Download button.
- Open the downloaded driver on your computer and follow the on-screen instructions to install.
- Once you reach the Installation options screen, select the Custom (Advanced) option.
- Click on Next to see a list of installed components.
- Check the option to Perform a clean installation.
- Click Next button to install the driver.
Once the driver installation completes, check to see if the error still appears. If so, try the next solution.
2] Run GeForce Experience with Admin privilege
This solution requires you to run GeForce Experience with Admin privilege on your Windows 11/10 device and see if the issue is resolved or not. If the latter is the case, you can try the next solution.
3] Take Ownership of Game Installation Folder
If after this, the issue is still unresolved, you can try the next solution.
4] Reinstall GeForce Experience
At this point, it’s safe to assume that the problem is quite specific to the version of GeForce Experience installed on your Windows 11/10 computer. In this case, you can uninstall the GeForce Experience app via the Settings app and then download and reinstall the latest version of the app on your device.
Hope this helps!
Why NVIDIA driver is not installing?
A driver installation on your Windows PC may fail for a number of reasons. PC users may be running a program in the background that interferes with the installation. Also, if Windows is performing a background Windows Update, a driver installation may also fail.