How to Turn off the Xbox Game Bar? - Wepicker

Game Bar in Windows 10 allows gamers to capture video, broadcast their gameplay online, take screenshots, and access the Xbox app at a glance. Although this is an excellent tool, not everyone needs to use it or wants it on their PCs. It’s especially important if Windows 10 updates go wrong, rendering the Game Bar obsolete until Microsoft releases a new update. The following steps will explain how you can disable or remove the Game Bar and some of the features associated with it, which could be slowing down your PC.

Game DVR and Game Bar: What Are They?

This feature is modeled on the Game DVR feature on the Xbox One, which was originally part of the Xbox app. Video of your PC gameplay can be automatically recorded by Game DVR with the “background recording” setting and saved to a file upon request. You can choose not to save a video, and Game DVR will discard that video and continue recording in the background. When something cool happens, you can choose to save the last five minutes of gameplay to a file while you’re still playing.

Game DVR consumes a lot of system resources. It can significantly slow your performance in-game and lower your FPS if you have a slower computer or just want to maximize your graphical horsepower. You will want to disable this feature if you are not interested in recording your gameplay. Depending on your PC’s hardware, the Game DVR feature may or may not be enabled by default.

With the Game DVR feature, the Game Bar provides a graphical interface that allows you to record gameplay, save clips, and take screenshots. The pop-up doesn’t necessarily slow down your system, but it can be inconvenient. By default, Windows 10 always displays the Game Bar.

Even after disabling both Game DVR and the Game Bar, NVIDIA’s Shadow Play game recording feature, formerly known as Game DVR, will still function. You can take screenshots and record gameplay with Game DVR, among many other options.

How do you disable the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10?

You can disable the Game Bar completely if you don’t intend to play games on your Windows 10 PC (or if you don’t want to use Game Bar). In other words, if you hit the Windows key + G shortcut on your keyboard or hit the Xbox button on your gamepad, nothing will happen.

  1. To access the Start menu, right-click the icon.
  2. Then click Settings.
  1. Click on Gaming option.
  2. The game bar will appear.
  1. You can record game clips by clicking the switch below. You can also take screenshots and broadcast using Game Bar so that it is turned off.

How do you remove the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10?

Through Windows 10’s PowerShell, you can get rid of the Xbox Game Bar completely in order to resolve bugs or simply to use other overlay systems. Here’s how to do the operation, and how to reverse it if you change your mind.

  1. Choose the Start menu from the right-click menu.
  2. The Windows PowerShell (Admin) window will appear.
  3. Hit Enter on your keyboard to run Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay and Remove-AppxPackage.

After PowerShell runs, you should be prompted to search for an app the next time you open the Xbox Game Bar.

Do you want your Windows 10 PC to have the Xbox Game Bar back? Simply visit the Xbox Game Bar page in the Microsoft Store to reinstall it.

Would you like to learn more about how to use the Game Bar? View our guide to using the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10.

How do you Disable the Xbox Button in Windows 10?

The default behavior is to bring up the Xbox Game Bar when you press the Xbox button (the large circle in the center of the controller with the “x” on it) on your Windows 10 PC.

You can disable this by visiting Windows Settings > Gaming and unchecking the box next to “Open the Xbox Game Bar using this button on a controller.”

In addition, if the Xbox Game Bar is completely disabled by turning off the “Enable Xbox Game Bar” switch, the Xbox button on your controller will no longer bring the Game Bar up. Additionally, this disables calling up the Game Bar using other methods (such as using the Windows + G shortcut). Have fun playing!

How do you disable Game DVR?

As part of the Xbox Game Bar, Game DVR records video in the background while you play so that you can grab a clip of a spontaneous moment. Game DVR also consumes system resources, so if your system is already chugging along while trying to run an intensive game, you can disable it without completely turning off the Game Bar.

1. Right-click on the Start button.

2. Go to the Settings page.

3. Click on Gaming

4. Click the capture button.

5. You can turn off Record in the background while I play a game by clicking the switch below.

Re-enabling the Game DVR is as simple as repeating these steps and switching it back to On.

How do you disable Xbox Game Monitoring?

It is a little harder to turn off this specific process. Xbox Game Monitoring, unsurprisingly, monitors what game you’re playing, but there have been complaints from PC gamers that it causes performance issues with Steam and other services.

Disabling this process is a little harder than the others since you will have to enter the Registry.

In case of a problem, we recommend that you back up your registry files before making any changes. Your registry is very much “under the hood” of your computer, giving you intimate access to its inner workings, meaning that deleting the wrong key or entry can do serious damage.

It is important to follow these steps closely to avoid any issues.

  1. Type Regedit in the Run box when you press Windows Key + R.
  2. Delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE by double-clicking it.
  3. Click twice on SYSTEM.
  4. Select CurrentControlSet by double-clicking.
  5. Click on Services twice.
  6. Click on XBGM. You may need to scroll down a bit.
  7. Right-click on the Start REG_DWORD button on the right side of the window.
  8. Click Modify.
  9. Set the default value to 4 instead of 3.
  10. Click OK.

Microsoft has now disabled the Xbox Game Monitoring Service. It is as simple as changing the 4 to a 3 if you wish to enable it again.

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