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Nvidia GeForce Experience Requires Login

GeForce Experience application now requires an account.. Sigh!

Edited: 2016-11-19 10:27

With recent versions of the GeForce Experience application, you are now required to create an account. It is unclear exactly why Nvidia is doing it, but I presume they want to create a type of lock-in so that users are either becoming more dependent on Nvidia, or so that they can collect personal information.

Regardless of what the reason is, I do find it rather problematic, and somewhat of an invasion of my personal space / privacy. I do not want software for my hardware to do anything else than provide me with a way to control my hardware. Under no circomstances should I be forced to create an account. In fact, I do not even want such software to have access to the internet, in which case it might leak information about what applications and games I am running.

It also seems I can not even install the latest driver from within GeForce Experience without creating an account, which is very unfortunate. I will now have to uninstall the application entirely.

A title of a comment on reddit puts it this way:

Having to make an account for GeForce Experience is making me rage so hard

And really, I could not have said it better myself. You can just feel your blood boiling in your veins. There are so many annoyances from companies these days, preventing us from using our computers the way WE WANT, some even recording information about how we use our computers.

Another user, ZiIIah, comments:

I can't get over how much worse the new version is. I made a throwaway Google account because why on earth would they need me to log in for anything other than datamining?

Some users are even complaining that they never get the verification e-mail, or that it arrives hours after registering an account.

If this happened in the Linux world, there would have be an outrage! For example, the spyware added in Ubuntu is described: Ubuntu ‘Spyware’ Will Be Disabled In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS - omgubuntu.co.uk, note that it was later removed in 16.04 LTS.

What can you do?

Stop using the application, and install drivers manually instead.

Send your complaints about the software to: driverfeedback@nvidia.com

Those of you who are looking for a way to record gameplay, you may consider using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), which is free and open source. I am using it for everything myself.

If you have performance issues with OBS, chances are that you just need to configure OBS differently. It is a complex program, with a lot of settings. Learning what the different settings does will be of great help when configuring OBS to match your system.

Links

  1. Having to make an account for GeForce Experience is making me rage so hard - reddit
  2. Ubuntu ‘Spyware’ Will Be Disabled In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS - omgubuntu.co.uk