Fix: NVIDIA Share Not Responding

When users turn on their computer or the GeForce Experience application, they get an error message “NVIDIA share not responding”. You would have to wait a couple of minutes before the error goes away and you are able to access your computer properly. This error came into the spotlight after the Anniversary update of Windows 10.

NVIDIA Share is a hardware-accelerated screen recording utility present in its GeForce Experience application. It has a lot of recording features such as configuring to record the screen a time behind, hence providing the user a lot of flexibility. The ultimate fix for this problem is to turn off NVIDIA Share but before doing that, we will look at a few workarounds to fix the situation.

Solution 1: Changing to a Default Theme

A notable workaround for this problem is to change the theme of your computer to Default Theme. But we would recommend that you change to an Aero theme. We noticed that after changing the theme, the computer would still get stuck but only for a couple of seconds instead of long minutes as before.

  1. Right-click anywhere on your desktop and select “Personalize”.

  1. Click on “Themes” using the navigation pane present at the left side of the screen. Now click on “Theme settings”.

  1. Select any of the Default themes present under the heading “Windows Default Themes”.

  1. After applying the theme restart your computer and check if the problem still persists.

Solution 2: Disabling Instant Replay

Instant Replay is a feature in NVIDIA Share which is constantly recording a specifically defined time (lest suppose 1 minute) continuously. If something cool happened, you would press the hotkey and the last one minute would be automatically saved to the computer. After experimenting a bit, we came to the conclusion that Instant Replay also had a hand in this error. You can easily disable it by navigating to NVIDIA Share settings and toggling the option Off. Do note that recording and instant replay are two different features. With recording, you start and stop the recording manually while the instant replay is already recording your gameplay but also disregarding the files which are of more than a minute (this ensures that you get the latest ‘1 minute’) in your instant replay.

Solution 3: Downgrading GeForce Experience Application

Another workaround for this problem is to downgrade the version of GeForce Experience application. GeForce 3.0 is known to cause a ton of different bugs and problems like the one we are experiencing. If you don’t want to permanently disable Share but also fix the not responding problem, you can downgrade the version of GeForce application.

  1. Press Windows + R, type “appwiz.cpl” and press Enter. Uninstall the GeForce Experience application.
  2. Download a previous version and install it accordingly.

Solution 4: Updating GeForce Experience and Drivers

If all the above solutions don’t work, we can try updating the graphics driver. It may be possible that your graphics driver is not properly configured or is outdated. We need to completely delete all driver files before we install the new driver, therefore, we need to use the utility Display Driver Uninstaller. You can download the utility over the internet easily. You can download the GeForce Experience application from NVIDIA’s official website.

  1. After installing Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU), launch your computer in safe mode. You can learn how to boot your computer into safe mode by reading our article on it.
  2. After booting your computer into safe mode, launch the application which was just installed. Choose the option Safe Mode.

  1. After launching the application, select the first option “Clean and restart”. The application will then automatically uninstall the installed drivers and restart your computer accordingly.

  1. Boot your computer into normal mode and launch the application. Open the “Drivers” tab and click the button “Driver Download”. Enter your specification on the right side of the screen and click “Start search” for the application to search for the optimal drivers for your computer.

  1. After the driver and GeForce Experience application are updated, restart your computer and check if the problem got solved.

Solution 5: Disabling NVIDIA Share

If all the above solutions don’t work, we can disable NVIDIA Share for good. This will stop the not responding issue completely but you will lose the functionality of NVIDIA Share. You can always turn the feature back on anytime you like.

  1. Open Nvidia GeForce Experience application as an administrator.
  2. Navigate to the ‘General’ tab using the navigation pane present at the left side of the screen. Turn “Shareoff by clicking the switch in front of it. Press Apply to save changes and exit.

  1. Reboot your computer and check if the problem at hand got solved.

Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.