How to Disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 11 & 10

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:

  1. Click the Start button and select the Settings icon.Start Settings Windows 11
  2. When Settings opens, click on Gaming from the left column and Xbox Game Bar on the right.Settings disable xbox game bar windows
  3. Now, turn off the Open Xbox Game Bar using this button on a controller option.disable xbox game bar on windows
  4. Next, from Settings, click on Apps on the left and then the Apps & features option on the disable xbox game bar on windows 11
  5. Under the Apps & features section, type xbox into the App list field.
  6. Find Xbox Game Bar, click the three-dot menu next to it, and select Advanced game bar advanced options
  7. Scroll down on the following screen to the Background apps permissions section and change the dropdown menu option to Never.background disable xbox game bar on windows 11
  8. Scroll down a bit further on the same screen and click the Terminate button to stop the app from running in the background.terminate disable xbox game bar windows 11

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:

  1. Right-click the Start menu and select Settings.
  2. In Settings, click the Gaming option.disable xbox game bar on windows 10
  3. 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.turn off game bar

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.

  1. Click the Start button or hit the Windows key.
  2. Type powershell and select Run as Administrator from the options on the left-hand terminal admin
  3. Once PowerShell opens, type in the following command and hit Enter:
    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage

    powershell remove command

  4. 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.



  1. Rob

    The people at Microsoft need to look at where the majority of their revenue is generated. Is it generated from gaming? Or is it generated from people who AREN’T actively Twitching or Discording? And they need to build their systems to cater to THAT audience. If the want to allow people to tweak out their system by downloading and adding this stuff that the rest of us consider to be bloatware, then that download should be an option – just like they give us the option to download Office or Visual Studio. But to just install it and make it practically impossible to remove is NOT good business sense. The vast majority of OS license holders are not now, nor will we ever be, streaming our games on social media.

  2. beachboui

    Thank you, Brian, for these easy to follow instructions.

  3. luppoketale

    I dont know what and where the problem is, but Win 11 brings the Xbox overlay on despite it’s disabled. The only way to got rid of it was to uninstall it completely with a third party problem solver. But then W11 started to whine about missing overlay and that I have to install it, or else the games won’t start. When I launch a game, the warning about missing overlay appears and crashes the game. To get around this I have to quickly hit ESC when the warning appears. Then the games launch normally. Without Xbox overlay.

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