How to Fix GeForce Experience Error Code 0x0001

Simple fixes to get you back to gaming

If you use an NVIDIA graphics card, then you're likely familiar with the GeForce Experience. This companion app keeps your drivers up to date, optimizes your games so they play and look their best, and makes it a simple process to save your best gameplay clips to share. And, if you have an NVIDIA account, you can log into GeForce Experience to enter giveaways and potentially win prizes. Unfortunately, you may experience the GeForce Experience Error Code 0x0001. Here's how to fix that error code so you can get back to your games.

The GeForce Experience error code 0x0001 can be difficult to fix.
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Causes of GeForce Experience Error Code 0x0001

The problems arise when you see the GeForce Experience error code 0x0001. This is an error that occurs most often while trying to launch the companion application, and it can be hard to figure out exactly why. That's because it's something of a catch-all error code. It can be raised for a variety of reasons. The best you can do is walk through them, one-by-one.

How to Fix GeForce Experience Error Code 0x0001

If you see error code 0x0001, you are some troubleshooting steps to track down exactly what is causing it.

  1. Make sure NVIDIA Driver Services are configured correctly. NVIDIA launches multiple processes within the Windows Services Manager. To view the Windows Services Manager, go to Run, and type services.msc. Press the Enter key on your keyboard. The Services window will open and show all currently running services. Make sure you can see the following services, and if so, make sure their Startup types match what is described below:

    • NVIDIA Display Container LS—Automatic
    • NVIDIA NetworkService Container—Manual
    • NVIDIA LocalSystem Container—Automatic
    • NVIDIA GeForce Experience Service—Automatic (Delayed Start)
    • NVIDIA GeForce Experience BackEnd Service—Automatic (Delayed Start)
    • NVIDIA Telemetry Container Service—Automatic 

    To check the Startup type, double-click the process to open its Services window. Once you have completed this, close all windows and restart your PC. 

    You might not see all of these services running when you open the Windows Services Manager.

  2. Make sure NVIDIA services can interact with the local system account. The NVIDIA driver services listed above must have access to the local system account in order to operate properly, and denial of this access can result in error code 0x0001. To make sure each service can work as its supposed to, open the Windows Services Manager, and locate each relevant NVIDIA service. 

    1. Double-click the first NVIDIA service, and select Properties.
    2. Select Log On.
    3. You will see a circle that says Local System Account. Make sure it's activated, and make sure the checkbox underneath that says Allow service to interact with desktop is also checked.
    4. Repeat this process with all NVIDIA services. 
    5. Restart the machine and then try to launch the GeForce Experience application again. 
  3. Make sure the files are owned by "SYSTEM." Your PC relies on a complex series of permissions in order to perform tasks within the operating system. If the NVIDIA files are not owned by the correct entity within the OS, it can cause error code 0x0001 to occur. Luckily, it's not difficult to change ownership of files. The first thing you want to do is open File Explorer and navigate to Program Files (x86).

    This first section only applies to people with 64-bit architecture systems. If you are using a 32-bit system, skip to the bottom of this step.

    1. Once you find the Program Files (x86) folder, open it and right-click on the NVIDIA Corporation folder. Select Properties > Security > Advanced.
    2. Look for Advanced Security Settings, and ensure that Owner is set to System.
    3. From the File Explorer, go to Local Disk (C:) > Program Files > NVIDIA Corporation, and right-click the folder.
    4. Select Properties > Security > Advanced.
    5. The Advanced Security Settings for NVIDIA Corporation window will appear.
    6. Look for the area that says Owner, and make sure it is set to System.
    7. If not, press the blue Change button beside it.
    8. When the next window appears, type in System, and press Okay.
    9. After this, press Apply at the bottom of the window to save these changes. 
  4. Update your NVIDIA Drivers. One of the most common causes of errors is an out of date driver. Even if you set your drivers to automatically update, problems can still arise.

    1. To update your driver, go to NVIDIA's Driver Page.
    2. You can manually select your operating system and GPU type to find exactly the driver you need, or you can make use of NVIDIA's automatic deletion tool to streamline the process.
    3. Once you have downloaded and installed the driver, restart your PC, and try to open GeForce Experience again. 
  5. Uninstall and reinstall drivers. Updating drivers is important, but sometimes glitches pop up that simply can't be explained or solved in any reasonable way. When this happens, the best solution is to uninstall the driver completely and do a fresh install. It's the software equivalent of turning it off and back on again.

However, uninstalling drivers is not as straightforward as it might seem. Use a display driver uninstaller to make sure you completely remove your drivers and all related files, and then find and download the proper driver from NVIDIA's driver page. As before, you will need to restart your PC. Once you have finished this step, try to launch the GeForce Experience again.