How to enable or disable Game DVR or Game Bar in Windows 10

You can use the Game DVR feature of the Xbox app in Windows 10 to record videos of your PC game play and upload them to any social site, easily via the app’s Game Bar. We have seen how to use the Game DVR in Windows 10, now let us see how to disable Game DVR of Xbox app on Windows 10, if you have no need for it. Towards the end of this post, we will also show you how to turn off Xbox DVR through the Registry Editor.

You can pop up the “Game Bar” with a simple shortcut, Win+G and get quick access to gaming features. The functionality of this bar is not limited to capturing visuals running on video games played on the device but also take screenshots of the game clips.

The Game DVR feature allows you to record your gameplay in the background. It is located on the Game Bar – which offers buttons to record gameplay & take screenshots using the Game DVR feature. But it can slow your gaming performance by recording video in the background.

Disable Game Bar & Game DVR

Disable Game DVR

Navigate your mouse cursor to Start Button, click it to expand the menu. From the expanded menu, chose the ‘All Apps’ entry. It is located at the very end of the menu. Click on All Apps and scroll until you find the Xbox entry. Upon finding it, click the button. If prompted, connect to the Internet.

Next, when the Xbox screen appears look for the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the Xbox screen – the hamburger menu, and click on it. Now, scroll down to locate the Settings option.

Click on Settings. Underneath the Settings title, three separate options will appear. Choose Game DVR.

A slider denoting the ON position of Record game clips and take screenshots using Game DVR should be visible to you.  Slide it to the Off position for disabling the recording element of Game DVR.


How to turn off Xbox DVR through the Registry Editor

Run regedit to open the Registry Editor and then navigate to the following registry key:


Right-click AppCaptureEnabled and set its value to 0. A value of 1 enables it, whereas 0 disables it.

Next navigate to the following key:


Right-click GameDVR_Enabled  and set its value to 0. A value of 1 enables it, whereas 0 disables it.

The Game DVR feature on Windows 10 is enabled by default so that you can easily share the captured screen on popular social media network or store them locally to a PC. So, once you disable the feature, all the shortcuts will fail to respond. But if you do not have any need for it or if you face any performance issues while playing games, you might want to disable it and see if it helps.

See this post if you receive Can’t Record Right Now or There’s nothing to record errors.

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