How to disable the Xbox Game Bar and Game DVR in Windows 10

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The Game Bar in Windows 10 is a tool designed to help gamers capture video, broadcast their gameplay online, take screenshots, and quickly access the Xbox app. It's an efficient tool, but not everyone needs to use it nor wants it on their PC. That's especially true if something happens to go wrong with a Windows 10 update, rendering the Game Bar obsolete until an update from Microsoft comes down the pipe. Here are a few ways you can disable or remove the Game Bar and some of the features associated with it that might be affecting your PCs performance.

How to disable Game DVR

Game DVR, part of the Xbox Game Bar, records video in the background while you game so that you can grab a clip of an epic moment that happened out of the blue. This recording also takes up system resources, so if your rig is already chugging along trying to run an intensive game, you can disable Game DVR without fully disabling the Game Bar.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Gaming.

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  1. Click Captures.
  2. Click the switch below Record in the background while I'm playing a game so that it turns Off.

Click Captures. Click the switch to Off.

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If you'd like to re-enable the Game DVR, simply repeat the steps and toggle the switch to On.

How to disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10

If you have a Windows 10 PC and don't plan on doing any sort of gaming at all (or you just don't want to use Game Bar), you can disable the Game Bar completely. This means that nothing will happen when you hit the Windows key + G shortcut on your keyboard or hit the Xbox button on your gamepad.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Gaming.

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  1. Click Game Bar.
  2. Click the switch below Record game clips. Screenshots, and broadcast using Game Bar so that it turns Off.

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How to remove the Xbox Game Bar from Windows 10

If you'd like to completely remove the Xbox Game Bar, whether to avoid bugs or simply because you'd rather use other overlay systems, it can be done through Windows 10's PowerShell. Here's how it's done, and how you can reverse the operation if you ever change your mind.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  3. Type Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage and hit Enter on your keyboard.

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PowerShell will do its thing, and the next time you try to open the Xbox Game Bar you should be prompted to look for an app.

Want to get the Xbox Game Bar back on your Windows 10 PC? Just visit the Game Bar page in the Microsoft Store to download it again (opens in new tab).

Looking for more information on how to master the Game Bar? Our complete guide to how to use the Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar.

Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

  • Thank you for this! I will possibly test this in a VM before committing to this, but it's great to have instructions on how to disable and remove the Xbox app. Haven't had an Xbox since the 360.
  • But it's useful, even if you don't have an Xbox. Store games utilize Xbox Live in many ways, like multiplayer, cloud saving, and even login. So take this into consideration before you remove the Xbox app.
  • oh yea i always want to play games that i can play on my Android phone and dont talk me about Gears of War 4 which need 100 GB for a 10 hour campain or Forza when there are games like Project Cars and Asseto Corsa on much cheaper price and allow me to install them without meating the requiments
  • I am loving the game mode recording feature!  Best work tool ever! I just open up a VM windows at 720p, and I have RDP set up as a 'game' in the system.  win+alt+r and I can make all of the tutorials that I have ever wanted to for my users!  Sooo much easier than other tools I have used over the years.  Quality is good, works natively with my laptop's mic, and the videos are easilly accessed in a folder for youtube upload.  Fantastic!
  • This is a great tip. I record a lot of video tutorials. I typically use PowerPoint's built-in screen recorder or something like Camtasia, but I'm going to give this a try. Thanks!
  • I am a huge PC gamer and I disable this too. There is just no need for it. I prefer the steam, orgin and blizzard overlays anyways since it's there where I buy my games.
  • I buy most of my games on the Windows Store, so it's the same for me. And I love the feature 😁 But that's not my point. WC made so many similar articles in the past, that if you disable all that stuff, even Windows XP would be more feature-rich than the Windows 10 you end up with.
  • All you really need to do is go into Settings and disable all the Gaming options. I did this immediately after those features showed up.  I'm a PC gamer only, and all those features are non-value-added for me.
  • Just go into Setting->Gaming and disable everything...which is exactly what I did as soon as all this stuff showed up.  I'm a PC-only gamer, so all of this is non-value-added for me.
  • win10 Game mode sadly does not improve games at all. unless MS shares exactly what it does Ill keep it disabled.
  • I ONLY game on my PC, but this is a feature I killed off WAY early on. It add absolutely no value to may gaming experience.