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How to Disable Xbox Game Bar and Game DVR on Windows 10 (Easily)

Xbox Game Bar is a great tool for gamers, the tool allows gamers to capture screenshots, broadcast gameplay, manage chats, Spotify, and more. But it’s not much useful for normal users aka non-gamers, if you don’t use Xbox Game Bar on your Windows 10 while playing games and want to disable it on your PC. Then, here’s how you can disable Xbox Game Bar and Game DVR on Windows 10, easily.

As I mentioned earlier, Xbox Game Bar allows you to manage things while streaming a gameplay. Now let’s talk about the Game DVR, Xbox’s Game DVR tool records your screen in background while playing a game. The tool uses number of system resources in the background to record the gameplay in the background and if your PC is not a gaming PC, then you may face some performance issues while playing games. If you also want to enhance the gaming performance on your Windows 10 PC. Then, you can follow the below mentioned steps and disable completely Xbox Game Bar and Game DVR on your Windows 10 Desktop.

Before diving to the steps, I just want to tell that there are two easy ways, allows you to disable Game DVR and Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10 directly from the system settings. While, you can also remove the Xbox Game Bar permanently from Windows 10 using PowerShell. Now let’s take a look at these methods.

Let’s dive right in to the process.

How to Disable Game DVR

Game DVR automatically saves the last five minutes of gameplay, when you complete any mission or something magical happens while playing the game. But one of the most peculiar things of Game DVR is using system resources. As It will noticeably drops the FPS while playing games normally on low-end PCs. So, here are the steps which allows you to disable Game DVR on Windows 10.

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Click on Settings icon placed above the power button in Start Menu.
    How to Disable Game DVR on Windows 10
  3. Now click on Gaming.
  4. Move to Captures, under Gaming section.
  5. Now Click the toggle to disable “Record in the background while I’m playing a game” option available under Background Recording section.
    How to Disable Game DVR on Windows 10
  6. You can also disable audio recording from Captures section.
  7. That’s it.

In case, you want to record a gameplay in future, then you can enable it using same steps. You can also change the recording folder and FPS settings.

How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10

If you’re not doing live streaming while playing games, then you can disable Xbox Game Bar on your Windows 10 PC. You can still capture screenshots of gameplay in case you need with traditional PrtSc command or in OneDrive as well. After Windows 10 Creator Update, the Xbox Game Bar and Game DVR settings move to the system settings from the Xbox app. Now let’s take a look at the steps to disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10.

  1. Right Click on the Start button.
  2. Now Click on Settings.
  3. Then, head over to Gaming.
    How to Disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10
  4. Click on Xbox Game Bar.
  5. Now click on the switch to disable “Enable Xbox Game Bar for things like recording game clips, chatting with friends, and receiving game invites. (Some Games require Xbox Game Bar for receiving game invites.” option to disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10.
    How to Disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10
  6. That’s it.

Now you cannot access Xbox Game Bar by pressing Windows + G from your keyboard or Xbox button from your controller. In case you want to enable it, then you can do it by following same steps.

How to Remove Xbox Game Bar from Windows 10

If you’re Windows Insider Program member and like updating your PC to the newest available update. Then, to avoid bugs, you can disable Game Bar from your PC, as the beta patches are not as stable as the public release. The afore-mentioned both methods allows you to disable Game DVR and Game Bar functionality from Windows 10. But If you want to remove Xbox Game Bar completely, then you can follow the steps and remove it from your Windows 10 PC. Here’s the simplest way by which you can remove Xbox Game Bar from Windows 10.

  1. At first, you need to open PowerShell on your PC, you can search it from the start menu.
    How to remove Xbox Game Bar from Windows 10
  2. Now type the below command, to remove Xbox Game Bar from Windows 10 with PowerShell.
    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage
  3. Now hit the enter button on your keyboard to execute the afore-mentioned command.
    how to remove xbox game bar from windows 10
  4. That’s it.

If you want to use the Xbox Game Bar in future, then you can simply download the Xbox Game Bar from the Microsoft Store and start using it on your PC.

Tip: You can still capture screenshots with shortcuts like, PrtScn or Shift + Windows + S, or you can also record the screen while playing by using third-party softwares.

By using afore-mentioned steps, you can enhance the gaming performance on Windows 10 PC. That’s it.

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Haneet Singh
He enjoys troubleshooting with iOS & Android devices. He loves to keep in touch with the latest technology! He loves to do experiments on new Operating Systems.

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