Change the Windows 10 Game DVR Captures Folder Location

If you want to maximize your local disk space, but still want to keep a library of your best Windows 10 gaming moments, here’s how to do it.

For PC gamers, one of the more coveted abilities for Windows 10 is the built-in Game DVR feature. It allows you to capture and record clips and screenshots while playing your favorite games. Then you can share them with friends on Xbox Live and social media sites like Facebook.

If you take a lot of recordings, these large files can start to fill up your local drive in a hurry. Especially if your system has a SSD with limited capacity. The game DVR captures folder is located on your local drive in the Videos folder. But changing the location of that default folder will help you with disk space management and still let you use the Game DVR feature to its full potential.

Xbox Game DVR

Change Game Captures Folder Location

To move the folder to a drive with more space, open C:\Users\%username%\Videos by navigating there manually or pasting the path into the Run dialog (Windows Key + R).

game capture folder path

Then right-click the Captures folder and select Properties.

File Explorer

Next, click the Location tab at the top and then the Move button under the folder’s path field.

Move Folder

Now browse to the location where you want to store the captures folder. Obviously, the best option is to choose a beefy external drive or a network location if you have a network-attached storage (NAS) device. Or, in my case, I’m using my Windows Home Server. Yes, I am still rocking WHS 2011 on my home network. 😊

Once you choose an alternate location, click OK, and then Yes on the verification dialog message that pops up.


Once it’s done you can verify the location has been changed by opening the Xbox app. Then go to Settings > Game DVR and verify the new path under the Saving Captures section. Note that here you can also open the folder directly to see your recorded clips and screenshots.

Xbox App

When it comes to Gaming on Windows 10 it has a lot of advantages compared to previous Windows versions. And now you’ll be able to enjoy one of the coolest features, recording your gaming moments, without worrying about running out of drive space.

Do you like to record all your gaming moments with the Game DVR? What do you think about the new Windows 10 gaming features in general? Leave a comment below and let us know about them.



  1. Andy

    December 7, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    If you have already moved the folder without changing the location via the properties tab it will screw up the shell, meaning the system nolonger sees the folder location and you might find accessing the xbox app’s default locations is impossible, You will need to make some changes to the registry if the folder nolonger had a “location” tab in the properties or is just missing.

    Hit the windows key and type regedit

    navigate and change “Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders”
    ight click on {EDC0FE71-98D8-4F4A-B920-C8DC133CB165} and then click modify
    set the correct target location
    While you are there check the data tab for the other shell folders you might have missed when you migrated folders from your SSD..
    Exit and reboot

  2. Pamela Besteder

    January 24, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Is it possible to delete the folder altogether? ONE time I captured a video on my desktop to see how it worked. Now that folder will not go away. I delete it from my computer, but within minutes it’s back again. How do I turn off that folder from showing up?

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