System hacks: Don’t let Windows 10 game bar annoy you

The Xbox Game Bar, a built-in feature of Windows 10, is used to record and broadcast games, capture screenshots, or interact with others. However, notifications or messages that pop up during gameplay can be distracting and sometimes annoying. So, how can you set it up as needed to eliminate the distraction? What should I do if I encounter a situation where I can’t set it up?

1. Disable alerts and notification messages when playing games

First of all, press Win+G key combination to open Windows 10 floating game bar, click the Settings button on the right side of the toolbar, enter the Settings window, and under the General tab, uncheck the “Show alerts when I start Under the “General” tab, uncheck the “Show alerts when I start a game” option (Figure 1).


Then, click the “Notifications” tab on the left side and check the “Hide notifications when playing full-screen games” and “Mute notification sounds” options. In addition, disable the four notification options under the Xbox Social Settings grouping (Figure 2).


Once configured, close the window and the changes will be saved automatically. You will no longer receive any new alerts or notifications when playing full-screen games on your device. 2.

2. Disable the entire game bar feature with the Settings app

Disabling only the game bar alerts and notifications is suitable for gamers who also use the game bar to capture screenshots, videos or broadcasts. And those who don’t use the feature can also disable them altogether. To do this, we simply go to Windows 10 Settings, select Games → Game Bar, and from the right pane, place the “Use Game Bar to record game clips, screenshots, and broadcasts “switch to the “Off” state (Figure 3).


In addition, under “Screenshot”, turn the “Background Recording” switch to “Off”; under “Game Mode Under “Game Mode”, turn “Game Mode” on and off to the “Off” state. 3.

3. The solution of disabling the game bar setting switch is invalid

If you encounter the above situation that the game bar master switch cannot be toggled or the setting is invalid, you can set it to be disabled through Group Policy or Registry Editor.

If you are using Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise Edition, you can directly locate the path “Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Game Recording and Broadcasting” in the Local Group Policy Editor and set this policy to Disable (Figure 4).


If you are using Windows 10 Home Edition, you can locate the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsGameDVR” path in the Registry Editor (if it does not exist). GameDVR branch, create it), then create a DWORD (32-bit) value called AllowgameDVR under it and set its numeric data to 0 (Figure 5). This method is also suitable for other versions of Windows 10.


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