What you need to know about Windows 10's Game DVR feature

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 17, 2015
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft's operating system Windows 10 ships with game DVR capabilities that some Windows users can make use of to record in-game videos.

Some users? The company made the decision to restrict the feature based on the installed hardware. More precisely, based on the installed video card.

According to Microsoft, game DVR capabilities are only available if the following video cards are installed in the machine.

  • AMD Radeon HD 7000 series, HD 7000M series, HD 8000 series, HD 8000M series, R9 or R9 series.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 600 or higher, Geforce 800M or higher, Quadro Kxxx or higher

If another video card is installed Game DVR capabilities are not available. While Game DVR information may still be displayed on launch of games on the system, actual game recording is blocked when the game bar is opened. You may however capture screenshots using the application.

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You may still use the game bar to create screenshots of games but the recording of games is not available.

There is another limitation that may prevent you from using the feature even if your PC meets the requirements.

You may not see the Game Bar while playing games. This happens sometimes when you run games in full screen.

Even if you use Windows-G to display it, it won't show up because the fullscreen window overshadows it.

The only fix for this right now is to run the game in windowed mode instead. Once you do that, you will notice that the bar is displayed so that you can use its functionality.

If your PC meets the requirements to record games, you may want to configure it properly before you start doing so.

Configuring Game DVR on Windows 10

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The capabilities are provided by the Xbox application.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type Xbox and launch the Xbox application. It is installed by default on Windows 10 systems and should be listed in the results as a consequence.
  2. Select the menu icon (three horizontal lines) at the top and then Settings.
  3. Switch to Game DVR when the settings open.

There you find the following related options:

1. Change existing keyboard shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts are used by default:

  • Windows-G opens the Game Bar
  • Windows-Alt-G Record that feature that records the previous 30 seconds of gameplay
  • Windows-Alt-R starts or stops a recording
  • Windows-Alt-PrintScn takes a screenshot
  • Windows-Alt-T shows or hides the recording

2. Background recording

One interesting feature that Game DVR offers is background recording. This records the game continuously and allows you to start the recording 30 seconds earlier.

Handy if you just experienced something that you want recorded but forgot to start the recording.

This will affect game performance due to the fact that games are recorded continuously on the system.

3. Recording related settings

These settings allow you to change various recording related settings, for instance in regards to quality.

  • Change the maximum recording time.
  • Select the folder you want the game videos to the saved to. The default location is set to the account's Videos\Captures folder on the drive Windows is installed on.
  • Select the desired video quality and resolution, and audio quality.


You may use alternatives such as MSI Afterburner instead to record game videos if your machine is not compatible with Game DVR on Windows 10.

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

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    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):


  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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