Monday, 11 Dec 2017

How to fix Unable to connect to NVIDIA Error {resolved}

Are you frustrated of seeing the error “Unable to connect to NVIDIA” as GeForce Experience try to auto-update the driver to the latest version?

Do you want to resolve this problem and get ride of this annoying error?

If you do, read this article till the end. By the end of this article, you will have several tips & tricks to resolve this issue. In case one method doesn’t work for some reasons, the other will do for sure.

Don’t worry, you need not to be a tech geek to follow the instructions that have been told in this post.

We will be discussing about three methods which are quite simple and explained step by step with images so that you could easily follow the process.

On a serious note, keeping our PC updated with latest version of drivers and applications is always recommended. It is necessary from security point of view as well as to improve the performance of your computer/laptop.

This is the reason, some programs and drivers are set for auto-update just like GeForce Experience ! If there is any problem with GeForce Experience, you will see the error “Unable to connect to NVIDIA. check your internet connection”. NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience is a supporting program that helps with autoupdating drivers for GTX graphic card of your computer.

Unable to connect to NVIDIA

This error occurred not due to your bad internet connection if you are going by the literal meaning of error, hence restarting your modem, turning Wi-Fi on/off or calling your ISP provider wouldn’t resolve this error.

Though there is no exact reason too as to why this error occurs but there are some fixes that resolve this problem in most of the cases.

Why we get error “Unable to connect to NVIDIA”?

As I said we don’t get this error because of a definite reason such as if a particular program or application stopping auto updater to connect with NVIDIA server etc., the reasons can vary from one PC user to other.

However there is few general causes of this error. Such as:

  • Your internet connection is turned off.
  • NVIDIA service is not being able to start.
  • There is a glitch with current version Geforce Experience and be resolved in next version etc itself.

The cause of encountering this error is not limited to above said reasons, it can be due to missing or corrupt files of operating system as well. So the reason can be different for different user.

Irrespective of the fact what causing this error, we have shared methods of fixing it. We have worked on all possible causes (based on reader’s queries) and believe our suggested fixes should resolve this problem for you.

Also see: How to fix “Your connection is not private” Error

How to fix Unable to connect to NVIDIA error

Checkout below fixes, we hope you will be able to get ride of this annoying error. Although Unable to connect to NVIDIA error is not much important but It is annoying as it can come anytime and last for months. Instead of ignoring it all the time, take one time pain to fix it permanently using below methods.

Method:1- Start NVIDIA network services

Whatever the cause of this problem, the core reason is GeForce Experience is not able to auto update drivers. Now, what preventing auto update is something which varies from one PC user to other.

One of the reasons that prevents GeForce Experience auto updater is “NVIDIA Network Service” not started.

You can see in below screenshot, apart from NVIDIA Network services, all other services which are set as “Automatic” have started. NVIDIA Network service status still says “Starting”

nvidia-network-service-not started

So now, we figured out the problem. Let’s go ahead and fix it.

Step:1– Press Win + R.

Step:2– Type “Services.msc” and hit enter. You will see NVIDIA Network Services is not started.

Step:3– Go to C Drive > Program Data > NVIDIA Corporation > netservice and look for the file named “NSManagedtasks.xml”. We need to get rid of this file as in most of the cases it stops NVIDIA Network services from being started.

Some people suggest deleting this file but I wouldn’t ! instead I would advise the readers to cut the file and save it in other drive to be on a safer side. Although this file is not much important and could be deleted but still taking precautionary measure doesn’t hurt.

If you don’t find, change folder settings to show all the files.

Step:4– Go to Task Manager by pressing Alt + Ctrl+Del button simultaneously and force kill “NVNetworkService.exe *32 process from “Process” Tab.

Step:5– Again Press Win + R and check “NVIDIA Network Services” status. It should be “Running” now.


That’s all. We hope it resolves the problem. If it doesn’t move to our other next fix.

Also see: How to disable Fast user switching in windows

Method:2- Automatic Driver Update utility

As I said above the core reason of getting “Unable to Connect to NVIDIA” error is inability of auto updating the driver. If we could update the driver, we may resolve this issue. Take a look:

Step:1– Go to

NVIDIA Auto driver update

Step:2– Download “Automatic Driver Updates”

Step:3– Install the software.

Step:4– Open “Automatic Driver Updates” it will check for the latest version and automatically update download and install latest GeForce driver.

Check now, you will see “Unable to connect to NVIDIA” error is resolved.

Method:3- Manual Driver Update

This is the most obvious method and if any of these methods doesn’t work, this method will work for sure.

Step:1– Go to GeForce website and head over to “Manual Driver Search”.

Step:2- Search for the driver and click the one which you want to download.

Step:3- “Click that green button “AGREE & DOWNLOAD”

NVIDIA Auto driver update

Step:4– Press Win + R and type “devmgmt.msc” and hit enter. Device manager will open.

Step:5– To go Display driver and then Graphic card.

Step:6– Right click on graphic card and select “Update driver software”

Step:7– Browse & locate the driver you have downloaded in STEP 3. Follow screen instructions and update the driver. That’s all !

You should not see Unable to connect to NVIDIA error now.

How to fix Unable to connect to NVIDIA Error {resolved}
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