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How to Disable Xbox Game Bar

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In Windows 10, the Game Bar is a tool that allows gamers to record videos, live stream their gameplay online, capture screenshots, and instantly open the Xbox app. However, this helpful tool may also be a pain in the neck. This is particularly the case when shooting video in the background bogs down gaming performance. Such overlays can slow down your device, particularly if you’re not a gamer and don’t intend to use it.

You can disable the Game Bar if it’s creating an unwanted appearance or if you’re concerned about your system’s performance with it enabled. If you wish to disable the Game Bar in Windows 10, follow these steps.

How to Disable Xbox Game Bar Using Windows Settings

The most convenient approach to entirely disable the Game Bar in Windows 10 is to use the Windows Settings menu.
#1. By clicking Windows Key + I or using the Start menu, go to Windows Settings and click the Settings gear icon.

#2. To disable Xbox Game Bar, go to Gaming and click the toggle button under the Xbox Game Bar settings.

#3. All Game Bar functions, like the in-game overlay and mid-game clip recording, will be deactivated once you disable it. If you want to use these features again, you’ll need to perform this process again and enable the Game Bar.

How to Disable Xbox Game Bar Using Registry Editor

While utilizing the Windows Settings menu is the simplest way to disable the Game Bar, you can alternatively use the Registry Editor to disable it in the Windows Registry. This prevents the Game Bar from being used, but you should make a backup of your registry entries first.

#1. To start, on your Windows 10 taskbar, tap the search box.

#2. In the box, type ‘regedit’ and press Enter.

#3. To run Registry Editor, select Yes from the pop-up box. Expand each of the following: HKEY CURRENT USER, SOFTWARE, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, and GameDVR. #4. From the right panel, right-click the AppCaptureEnabled key. Alter the value data from 1 to 0 and confirm by pressing OK.

#5. The Game Bar and related features (such as Game DVR) will be disabled after you’ve saved it.

If you repeat these steps and adjust the AppCaptureEnabled value to 1, or if you use the Windows Setting option, you can re-enable it.

How to Disable Xbox Game Bar Using Group Policy

By using the Group Policy method, you can disable Xbox Game Bar as long as your device isn’t a Windows 10 Home Edition.

#1. To disable your Xbox Game Bar using this method, access the Run dialogue by pressing the Windows logo key and the R key at the same time.

#2. In the text box, type ‘msc’ to open the Local Group Policy Editor, click the OK button.

#3. In the sequence listed here, expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Windows Game Recording & Broadcasting.

#4. From the right panel, right-click to disable Windows Game Recording and Broadcasting. To confirm, select Disabled and click the OK button.


The Game Bar allows you to capture games and exchange messages swiftly, but it isn’t for everyone. Disabling the Game Bar (particularly the DVR option) should lessen the load on your operating system if you favor seamless gameplay.

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