Gamers will find great features in the Xbox Game Bar. However, if you’re not a fan, you can disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 11 or 10. Here’s how.
The Xbox Game Bar is a gaming overlay that allows gamers to capture their gaming experience. It has several widgets to capture game clips, take screenshots, monitor performance, chat with friends, and more.
However, if you’re not a gamer, you may have no use for the Xbox Game Bar. You may prefer to remove or uninstall it. Even if you are a gamer, you may have found an alternative that works better and is less buggy.
Whatever the reason, here’s a look at how to disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 11 or Windows 10.
How to Disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 11
To disable the Xbox Game Bar on Windows 11, use the following steps:
- Click the Start button and select the Settings icon.
- When Settings opens, click on Gaming from the left column and Xbox Game Bar on the right.
- Now, turn off the Open Xbox Game Bar using this button on a controller option.
- Next, from Settings, click on Apps on the left and then the Apps & features option on the right.
- Under the Apps & features section, type xbox into the App list field.
- Find Xbox Game Bar, click the three-dot menu next to it, and select Advanced options.
- Scroll down on the following screen to the Background apps permissions section and change the dropdown menu option to Never.
- Scroll down a bit further on the same screen and click the Terminate button to stop the app from running in the background.
How to Disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10
You can also use the Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10—if you want to. If you don’t, you can disable it by following the steps we’ve outlined below.
To get rid of the Game Bar on Windows 10:
- Right-click the Start menu and select Settings.
- In Settings, click the Gaming option.
- Next, select Xbox Game Bar on the following screen and toggle off the switch. If you use a controller, you might want to uncheck the option to launch it when hitting the Xbox button.
Use Windows PowerShell to Uninstall Xbox Game Bar
In addition to using Settings, you can use Windows PowerShell commands to uninstall the Xbox Game Bar completely.
- Click the Start button or hit the Windows key.
- Type powershell and select Run as Administrator from the options on the left-hand side.
- Once PowerShell opens, type in the following command and hit Enter:
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage
- You’ll briefly see a progress bar in PowerShell as it uninstalls the Xbox Game Bar—make sure not to close PowerShell until it’s complete.
Gaming on Windows 11
You can use the steps above to quickly disable (or completely remove) the Xbox Game Bar from a Windows 11 PC.
It’s worth noting, however, that the Xbox Game Bar isn’t just for getting screen grabs of games. Instead, you can use it to take a screenshot on your system, too. Using it for screenshots is a handy alternative if your print screen isn’t working on Windows 11.
Microsoft is focusing heavily on gaming with Windows 11. The company has developed DirectStorage for Windows 11 that game developers can use to make their games faster. In addition, the technology enhances gaming graphics and improves game load time.