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How To Stop Geforce Experience From Auto Updating

ByKevin Simon

Aug 9, 2019

I use the GeForce experience mainly for gamestream so I can play my games in other rooms or on my mobile devices trough the open source app Moonlight. The one annoying thing is when I want to manually add games to the program as soon as I open it up it wants to do an update, now this is great for keeping it up to date, but sometimes can take a while to update and is annoying.

Within the program there is no way to stop updates from the GeForce experience program itself you can stop the automatic download of drivers by going to “Settings – General” and at the bottom under the heading “downloads” uncheck the box “automatically download driver updates and let me choose when to install”

I search and found different ways , but most seem to be out of date did find this SITE pointed me in the right direction by editing your Windows host file, basically if you add ip address or websites to this file windows blocks access to these sites.

Go to your start menu, search for notepad, launch it as administrator, by right clicking on Notepad and select “Run as administrator” Within notepad click “file – Open” and navigate to “c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts” make sure you have changed from “Text Document (.txt)” to “All files” Then add to the bottom of this file the following:

Save the file and this should now stop the updates, if you want to update you could either temporarily delete these entries and let it update automatically or go to NVidia’s website and download the latest version from there.

On the subject of GeForce experience I use the overlay function for the fps counter and also to capture screenshots, unfortunately I haven’t found a way to disable this in certain programs. As programs that use 3D acceleration the fps counter this appears ie graphics programs like Photoshop Nik collection of filters, even the program I am using to write this Typora. If anyone knows of a way to blacklist programs from this let mow know.

By Kevin Simon

I run this blog & also self employed cleaning out fish ponds, but due to spinal problems not able to do as much, now started a youtube channel showing my converted Peugeot Partner micro camper also as interest in photography so now vlog about the trips and of course Lego figures out in the wild photos.

3 thoughts on “How To Stop Geforce Experience From Auto Updating”
  1. Man, you’re the first person I’ve ever encountered that is having the exact same issue as myself. Using Moonlight to stream games elsewhere and trying to stop the infernal GE from auto updating. I blocked nvidea webhelper from accessing the internet via the Windows firewall and that seems to work from the most part. I’m going to give this a try to further shore up my “defenses”.


  2. Hey,
    Since the recent news of gamestream being removed from nvidia shield device, many assume It would soon be leaving the server side aswell (geforce experience). In preparation of that I wanted to stop geforce experience from updating itself. I used your technique and added your entry in my host file. But today Geforce experience updated itself on it’s own, while the host file has the 2 geforce entry there. I’ve also seen the option to block the nvidia webhelper in the windows firewall to stop update but I’ve read it makes gamestream no longer work. Is there any update/way for us to block the geforce experience update while maintainning gamestream/moonlight compatibility ?

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