Fix: Geforce Experience Error Code 0x0003

Several Windows users are reporting that they can no longer use any feature associated with NVIDIA Experience as the software crashes with the error code 0x0003. In most cases, affected users are seeing the “Something went wrong. Try rebooting your PC and then launch GeForce Experience. Error Code: 0x0003” error message with only the option to close the dialog box. The issue is reported to occur on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Geforce Experience Error Code 0x0003

What is causing the NVIDIA Experience Error Code 0x0003?

We investigated this particular issue by looking at various user reports and the repair strategies that are commonly being used to fix this particular issue. As it turns out, there are several different potential culprits that might end up triggering this particular error message:

  • Nvidia Telemetry is not permitted to interact with the desktop – As it turns out, this particular issue can also occur if the Nvidia Telemetry Container is not permitted to interact with the desktop. If this scenario is applicable, you can resolve the issue by using the Services screen to allow interaction with this service.
  • Some mandatory Nvidia Services are not running – Nvidia Display Service, Nvidia Local System Container and Nvidia Network Service Container are all services that will cause this particular issue if they are disabled. In this case, you might be able to resolve the issue by force starting the services.
  • Corrupted Nvidia driver – In some cases, the issue might occur if one or more drivers used by your GPU are tainted by corruption. In this case, you will be able to resolve the issue by reinstalling every Nvidia Component.
  • Glitched Network adapter – Based on various user reports, this particular error message can also occur if the network adapter gets stuck in a limbo state. Whenever this happens, you can resolve the issue by performing a Winsock reset (also known as a comms reinstall).
  • Windows update interfered with your GPU driver – We got several reports with affected users saying that the issue started occurring after WU (Windows Update) installed an update automatically. If this scenario is applicable, you can resolve the issue by uninstalling the current Nvidia drivers and then installing the latest version automatically.

Method 1: Allowing the Nvidia Telemetry container to interact with desktop

Several affected users have reported that they managed to resolve the issue after using the Services screen to make sure that the Nvidia Telemetry service is allowed to interact with the desktop and ensuring that the service is started.

After doing this, most users that were previously struggling with this error in Nvidia Experience reported that the issue was no longer occurring. Here’s a quick guide on allowing the Nvidia Telemetry container to interact with desktop:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “services.msc” inside the text box and press Enter to open up the Services Screen. If prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click Yes to grant administrative privileges.
  2. Inside the Services screen, scroll down through the list of services and locate Nividia Telemetry Container. Once you see it, right-click on it and choose Properties.
  3. Inside the Properties screen of Nvidia Telemetry Container, select the Log On tab and make sure that the box associated with Allow service to interact with desktop. Click on Apply to save the changes.
  4. Return to the previous screen with the list of services and locate the following services, right-click on each of them and click on Start to ensure that all of them are running:
    Nvidia Display Service
    Nvidia Local System Container
    Nvidia Network Service Container
  5. Once every service is enabled, repeat the operation that was previously triggering the Error Code 0x0003 and see if the issue has been resolved.
Allowing Nvidia Telemetry to communicate with the desktop

If the issue is still occurring, move down to the next method below.

Method 2: Reinstalling every Nvidia Component

Some affected users have reported that the issue was only resolved after they reinstalled GeForce Experience along with every Nvidia driver. After doing this and restarting their computer, some users have reported that the Geforce Experience Error Code 0x0003 was no longer occurring.

Here’s a quick guide on reinstalling every Nvidia Component in order to resolve the issue:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “appwiz.cpl” and press Enter to open up the Programs and Features screen.
    Type appwiz.cpl and Press Enter to Open Installed Programs List
  2. Inside the Programs and Features window, an click on Publisher to order every installed application by their publisher.
  3. Once the applications are ordered by the publisher, right-click on the first listing published by Nvidia Corporation and choose Uninstall. Then, repeat this process with every item published by Nvidia Corporation from this list.
    Uninstalling every Nvidia installation
  4. Repeat step 3 with every Nvidia application that you currently have installed.
  5. Restart your computer and wait for the next startup sequence to complete.
  6. At the next system startup, visit this link (here) and click on Download Now. Then, follow the on-screen prompts to
    Downloading GeForce Experience
  7. Once the software is installed, it will automatically install the missing drivers. Once the new drivers are installed, restart your computer again and see if the issue has been resolved.

If the issue is still occurring, move down to the next method below.

Method 3: Resetting the Network Adapter

Several affected users have reported that the Geforce Experience Error Code 0x0003error was resolved after they reset their network adapter’s software to the default configuration. This procedure is also known as a “Winsock reset” or a “comms reinstall”.

Here’s a quick guide on resetting the Network adapter:

Note: This procedure will be applicable on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “cmd” and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open up an elevated Command prompt. When prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click Yes to grant Admin privileges.
    Running CMD using Run box
  2. In the elevated Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter to reset our network adapter driver:
    netsh winsock reset
  3. Once the command has been successfully processed, restart your computer and see if the issue has been resolved at the next system startup.

if the issue is still occurring, move down to the next method below.

Method 4: Installing the latest Graphics driver manually

If all the methods above didn’t allow you to resolve the issue, chances are the issue is caused by a corrupted GPU driver that can only be rectified by reinstalling the graphics driver manually. Several affected users have reported that this error is was no longer occurring after they performed the steps below.

Here’s what you need to do to install the latest Graphics drivers manually:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “appwiz.cpl” and press Enter to open the Programs and Features screen.
    Type appwiz.cpl and Press Enter to Open Installed Programs List
  2. Inside the Programs and Features screen, locate every installation published by Nvidia and right-click > Uninstall to remove every driver associated with your GPU. Then, follow the on-screen prompts to remove the driver from your computer.
    Uninstalling the current version of Nvidia Experience
  3. Once all Nvidia products have been uninstalled, restart your computer.
  4. At the next computer startup, visit this link (here), and set your GPU model, series, operating system version, and language. Then, click on Search to find the latest driver version available for your GPU configuration.
    Downloading the latest Nvidia driver
  5. Once the download is complete, install the latest driver by following the on-screen prompts and see if the issue has been resolved.

Method 5: Creating a New User Account

If all else fails and you can’t seem to fix the issue. As a last resort, you can try to create a new user account with administrative privileges after deleting all the Nvidia related applications and drivers. After doing so, install the drivers and check to see if the issue persists.

Kevin Arrows


Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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