GeForce Can’t Turn on Instant Replay? Try This

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GeForce Can't Turn on Instant Replay

Instant replay is one of the powerful and popular features of the NVIDIA GeForce Experience. It allows you to record the last several minutes of your game. Normally, to turn on instant replay on GeForce, you would need to use the steps below:

1. With GeForce Experience open, press the GeForce Experience hotkey by pressing alt+Z

2. This should bring up several options, including instant replay

3. You will then need to click on instant replay to turn it on.

If you have followed this simple process and find that you are unable to turn on instant replay on NVIDIA GeForce Experience, then there is likely a setting discrepancy or program interference somewhere that needs to be resolved first.

In this article, we are going to explore all the possible reasons why you are unable to turn on instant replay on NVIDIA GeForce Experience and provide clear solutions to each of these scenarios.

Why Can’t I Turn on My Instant Replay?

1. Bug On Desktop Capture Feature

One of the in-game overlay features of NVIDIA GeForce Experience is Desktop Capture. Desktop Capture allows you to capture the entire desktop when using Instant Replay, Record, Broadcast Live, and when taking a screenshot.

From this, you can see that the functioning of desktop capture is tied closely to instant replay. Although instant replay does not need desktop capture to work, an issue with the desktop capture feature could cause instant replay also to stop functioning properly.

Another issue with the desktop capture feature bug is that the bug can work in reverse. This means that it could cause instant replay to stop working if desktop capture is turned on, or in some other cases, it could cause instant replay to stop working if desktop capture is turned off.

To resolve this issue, you simply have to switch from the current setting of desktop capture to the opposite setting and check if you’re now able to use instant replay.

Fix – turn instant replay on or off

As we explained above, the first thing to try when you cannot turn on instant replay on NVIDIA GeForce Experience is to turn desktop capture on or off, depending on its current setting. This has resolved the problem of instant replay not turning on for so many users.

To do this:

1. With GeForce Experience open, press alt + z to open the NVIDIA GeForce Experience in-game overlay options

2. Click on settings or the gear icon at the right-hand side of the screen

3. Scroll down and select privacy control

4. Here, if desktop capture is turned on, toggle to turn it off. Alternatively, if it is turned off, toggle it to turn it on.

Then go back and turn on instant replay.

2. Broadcast Live Is Turned On

NVIDIA GeForce Experience Broadcast Live is a great feature to have in your gaming experience.

Broadcast live not only allows you to broadcast your gameplay, but it also performs technical functions such as improving your live streams and video calls by removing background noise, applying virtual backgrounds, and automatically keeping you in the frame while you play.

So it is understandable why you may want to have this feature turned on. However, having broadcast live turned on will prevent you from turning on instant replay for your game.

Instant replay will only work if you are broadcasting your gameplay on select platforms.

Therefore, if you find that you are unable to turn on instant replay, then you should check and ensure that broadcast live is turned off or that you are broadcasting on officially permitted platforms.

Fix – Turn off Broadcast Live or stick to permitted platforms

To turn off the NVIDIA GeForce Experience broadcast live, follow the steps below:

1. Press alt + z to open the NVIDIA GeForce Experience in-game overlay options

2. Click on settings or the gear icon at the right-hand side of the screen

3. Scroll down, select broadcast live, and then toggle to turn it off.

If you must have broadcast live turned on because you want to broadcast your gameplay, then make sure that you only link to Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube.

If you link your gameplay to any other streaming or social media platform, then the instant replay will definitely not work.

To check which platforms you are connected to, go to settings after pressing alt + z and then click on Connect.

On the Connections page, you will see all the platforms that you are logged into during your gameplay. Log out of all platforms except Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube.

3. You Have A Streaming Site Such As Netflix, Hulu or HBO Open

Similar to having broadcast live turned on, if you have a streaming site or application open on your playing device, it will prevent instant replay from working on NVIDIA GeForce Experience.

The principle is this: live broadcast and streaming sites prevent the technology for saving or replaying video games from working properly.

Therefore, if you have any site or application that is dedicated to live streaming, such as Netflix, Hulu, or HBO, open on your computer, it will prevent instant replay from working on your device

Fix – Close Any Streaming Sites

To successfully turn on and use instant replay on GeForce Experience, you need to temporarily close the streaming site or application at least until you have finished playing your game.

After playing, you can then open the streaming site or application on your device.

The point is that if you have both GeForce Experience and a streaming site or application open simultaneously, then the instant replay will not work.

Netflix, Hulu, HBO, YouTube movies, and Spotify are some of the known streaming sites that interfere with the functioning of instant replay.

4. Windows Media Feature Pack Not Installed

For an in-game overlay feature like instant replay to work on NVIDIA GeForce Experience, it needs to integrate with the windows media playback features on your PC.

Normally, the Windows Media program on the PC comes installed with all the necessary features that allow NVIDIA GeForce Experience to work properly.

However, on some occasions, especially on operating systems that have lost their digital integrity, some Windows Media features may be missing, which may result in instant replay not turning on, on GeForce Experience.

So, if you have tried all the fixes provided so far and you are still unable to turn on instant replay, then you should go ahead and download the Windows Media feature pack, install it, and check if you are now able to turn on instant replay.

Fix – Download and install the Windows Media feature pack

  1. Go to this link.
  2. On this page, find the Windows Media pack for your computer’s operating system and download it to your system
  3. Find the downloaded file and then install it onto your computer
  4. Then go back to GeForce Experience and check to see whether you can now turn on instant replay

5. NVIDIA GeForce Experience not run as administrator

If you are using a shared computer or a managed computer, or a server, or you are a user on the computer that does not have administrative rights, then you are likely to have issues with turning on instant replay on NVIDIA GeForce Experience.

Instant replay is a feature that requires administrative permission to run on any computer.

If you do not have administrative rights on the computer, you would need to run GeForce Experience as an administrator. Without this, it is unlikely that you will be able to turn on instant replay to record your gameplay.

Fix – Run NVIDIA GeForce Experience as administrator

1. Click the Windows button

2. Search for NVIDIA GeForce Experience in the Windows menu

3. Right-click on it and select run as administrator

4. Then click alt + z to open the overlay menu

5. Then click on instant replay to see if you can now turn it on

If you are still unable to turn it on, go back to the NVIDIA GeForce Experience main settings, scroll down to the in-game overlay, and turn it on or off, depending on its current value.

6. Drivers Are Out Of Date

If the GPU drivers for NVIDIA are out of date, this could also result in the issue of instant replay not turning on on GeForce Experience.

You need to constantly update your NVIDIA graphic drivers in order to integrate properly with your games and the operating system of your computer.

If the GPU drivers for NVIDIA are out-of-date, some of the display features such as instant replay, will start to malfunction hence resulting in you being unable to turn the feature on in the first place.

So, if you find that you are unable to turn on instant replay and you have carried out all the fixes provided in the article so far, then you should head over to your computer’s device manager and update NVIDIA graphic drivers.

Note that you should not normally need to do this because the drivers are supposed to update with Windows updates.

However, there are times when NVIDIA is unable to push out updates with Windows updates and hence make your computer more up-to-date than the Nvidia graphics driver.

When this happens, the discrepancy in being up-to-date between your computer’s OS and the graphic drivers will result in issues like instant replay not turning on

Fix – Update NVIDIA drivers

To update NVIDIA drivers, follow the steps below:

1. Press the Windows button and type device manager in the search bar

2. Select device manager from the results

3. When Device Manager opens, click on Display Adaptors to expand it

4. Right-click on the Nvidia driver and click on update driver

5. Select the option to search automatically for drivers so that your computer will go online to search for the latest drivers for your NVIDIA

6. The device manager will automatically download and install the driver if it finds any updates

When the update is complete, launch NVIDIA GeForce Experience again and check to see if you can now turn on instant replay

7. Bug on NVIDIA GeForce Experience

So far, we have addressed the issue of instant replay not turning on from the point of wrong settings, interfering programs, and out-of-date drivers.

However, it could actually be that there is nothing wrong with any of these parameters, and the NVIDIA GeForce Experience application on your computer has simply run into a bug.

Because it is often hard to determine the cause and accurate solution for a bug, it is best to use a step-by-step elimination method to identify the source of the bug and eliminate it.

Therefore we are going to try two solutions to remove the bug that may be causing instant replay to not turn on on GeForce Experience.

Fix – Update NVIDIA GeForce Experience

It may be that the NVIDIA GeForce Experience application on the computer is out of date. So far, we have updated the NVIDIA display driver. It is also assumed that your computer is up-to-date.

You may now see that using an out-of-date application on drivers and operating systems that are up-to-date will cause integration issues.

Therefore, you need to make sure that your NVIDIA GeForce Experience application is up-to-date using the steps below:

1. Press the Windows button on your computer

2. Type store in the search bar and select Microsoft Store from the results

3. Click on Library at the bottom left corner of the screen

4. Then click on Get Updates at the top right corner of the screen

5. If there are updates available for NVIDIA GeForce Experience, the updates will start to download immediately

If you do not see NVIDIA GeForce Experience updates using this option, then you can try the method below:

1. Right-click on the Windows desktop and select the NVIDIA control panel

2. Navigate to the help menu and select Updates

Or

1. Right-click on the Nvidia logo in the Windows system tray at the bottom right corner of your screen and then select Check for Updates

2. Whichever method you use will take you to the Nvidia update control panel

3. Here select the preferences tab

4. Then click to enable NVIDIA to check for updates automatically

5. On the update tab, you can then click on check for updates to download the latest updates for NVIDIA applications on your computer, including GeForce Experience.

Fix 2 – Reinstall NVIDIA GeForce Experience

If updating the NVIDIA GeForce Experience application on your computer does not fix the issue, or if there are no available updates for the application, then the other thing to try is to uninstall GeForce Experience from your computer.

The application may have developed a very serious bug for which there are no current fixtures from the manufacturer or developer.

Uninstalling and reinstalling the application will remove the bug on the current GeForce Experience instance on the computer and get it working properly again. To do this, follow the steps below:

1. Press the Windows button on your computer and click on Settings

2. At the settings page, click on Apps

3. Then click on apps and features

4. Scroll down and find GeForce Experience, then click on the menu on the right-hand side to select Uninstall

5. Go ahead and uninstall the application when prompted

Or

1. Press the Windows button on your computer

2. Type the control panel in the search bar and select it from the results

3. Then click on programs and features

4. Next, click on uninstall a program

5. Finally, click once on GeForce Experience and click on uninstall at the top of the screen

6. Confirm to uninstall the program when prompted

7. After uninstalling GeForce Experience restart your system

8. Finally, head over to the official NVIDIA website to download a fresh instance of the GeForce Experience application to your computer

Now, set it up and see if you can now turn on instant replay.

Brady Klinger-Meyers is an experienced tech writer and marketer who currently writes for Techzillo as well as other popular sites like MakeUseOf. At Techzillo, he focuses on consumer technology in general with his interest being Android OS. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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