How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

Xbox Game Bar is a gaming overlay integrated into Windows 11 that allows you to shoot movies, record games, take screenshots, share them, talk with friends, while you play your game. It is an overlay of handy widgets for gamers that appears when you click the Windows + G keyboard shortcut. By default, Windows 11 has enabled Xbox Game Bar. However, not everyone finds it useful; even gamers find it buggy and laggy at times. It has been reported to cause games to crash, slow down, or stop working completely in certain situations. You may want to disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11 to prevent it from wasting system resources in the background. Moreover, you may need to enable or reinstall Xbox Game bar later on your Windows 11 laptop. Read below to find out how to do so!

How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

Windows 11 Xbox Game Bar helps you to record your screen, take screenshots and connect with friends during gameplay. Microsft hosts a dedicated page to resolve issues related to Xbox Game bar. Click here to read it.

However, if you do not wish to use these features, then you can disable Xbox Game Bar using any of the following methods.

Method 1: Through Windows Settings

Follow the below steps to disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11 through Settings app:

1. Press Windows + I keys together to open Settings.

2. Click on Gaming in the left pane.

3. Then, click on the Xbox Game Bar in the right pane, as shown.

Settings app. How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

4. Switch Off the toggle for Open Xbox Game Bar using this button on a controller option to disable Xbox Game Bar.

Xbox Game Bar toggle

5. Next, click on Apps in the left pane and select the Apps & features option in the right pane.

click on Apps then select Apps and features in the Settings app. How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

6. Use the App list search bar to search for Xbox.

7. Click on the three-dotted icon for Xbox Game Bar.

8. Then, click on Advanced options, as depicted.

List of Apps installed

9. Click on the drop-down menu for Background apps permissions and select Never from this list.

Background apps permission. How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

Hereon, Xbox Game Bar wouldn’t run in the background and consume system resources.

10. Scroll down and click on the Terminate button to Immediately terminate this app and its related processes.

Terminate app

Also Read: How to Disable Online Search from Start Menu in Windows 11

Method 2: Through Windows PowerShell

You can disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11 for a single user or all users collectively using PowerShell commands.

Option 1: For Current User Only

Here are the steps to disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 11 through Windows PowerShell for a particular or current user:

1. Click on the Search icon and type Windows PowerShell. Then, click on Run as Administrator, as shown.

Start menu search results for Windows PowerShell

2. In the PowerShell window, type the following command and press the Enter key.

Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage

remove xboxgameoverlay for particular user from Windows PowerShell. How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

3. Again, type the below command and hit Enter to execute.

Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage

remove xboxgamingoverlay for particular user from Windows PowerShell.

Xbox Game Bar will be uninstalled from the computer for the current user.

Also Read: Is The Forest on Xbox One?

Option 2: For All Users

If you want to remove Xbox Game Bar for all the users on the computer, then follow these steps:

1. Launch Windows PowerShell as administrator as earlier.

2. Type the given command and press the Enter key.

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage

remove xboxgameoverlay for all users from Windows PowerShell. How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

3. Again, type the following command and hit Enter key.

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage

Windows PowerShell

This will uninstall it for all users on your Windows 11 PC.

Also Read: How to Disable Notification Badges in Windows 11

How to Reinstall & Enable Xbox Game Bar

In case you need an Xbox Game Bar in the future, you can reinstall it and enable it just as easily by using a few PowerShell commands.

Option 1: For Current User Only

Follow the given steps to reinstall Xbox Game Bar for current user only:

1. Launch Windows PowerShell with administrative privileges via search bar.

Start menu search results for Windows PowerShell

2. In the PowerShell window, type the following command and press the Enter key to install Xbox and all its related services.

Get-AppxPackage *Xbox* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Xbox install powershell win 11

3. Again, type the below command and hit Enter to execute, if you only wish to install & use Xbox Game Bar.

Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Xbox gaming overlay install powershell win 11

Option 2: For All Users

Follow the given steps to reinstall Xbox Game Bar for all users:

1. Launch Windows PowerShell as administrator as instructed earlier.

2. Type the given command and press the Enter key to install Xbox and all its related services.

Get-AppxPackage -allusers *Xbox* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

enable Xbox all users win 11

3. Type the given command and press the Enter key, if you only wish to install & use Xbox Game Bar.

Get-AppxPackage -allusers *Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

reinstall xboxgamingoverlay for all users from Windows PowerShell

Also Read: How to Record your Screen in Windows 11

Pro Tip: How to Disable/Enable Other Xbox Apps

Apart from Xbox Game Bar, there are a few other Xbox apps that come pre-installed with Windows 11, such as:

  • Xbox App
  • Xbox Gaming Services
  • Xbox Identify Provider
  • Xbox Speech to Text Overlay

Hence, in addition to Xbox Game Bar, you can uninstall these apps for all users, at once, as follows:

1. Open Elevated Windows PowerShell as before.

2. Type the following commands one-by-one and hit Enter after each command.

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *Microsoft.XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *Microsoft.GamingServices* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage

Windows PowerShell. How to Disable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

Similarly, you can enable the same for all users, at once, as follows:

1. Open Elevated Windows PowerShell as before.

2. Execute the given command to install & enable Xbox TCUI service:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers *Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

enable Xbox TCUI all users win 11

3. Replace Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI with Microsoft.XboxApp, Microsoft.GamingServices, Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider & Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay in the command given on Step 2 to enable these components individually.

Note: You can remove -AllUsers in the said commands to make changes to the current user account while keeping the others intact.

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We hope you learned how to disable or enable Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11 as and when needed. Keep visiting our page for more cool tips & tricks and leave your comments below.

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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