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Troubleshoot Xbox Game Bar on Windows

If you’re having trouble using Xbox Game Bar—like getting keyboard shortcuts to work—here are some things to try.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Gamers in the European Union and Korea who are using Windows 10 N or Windows 10 KN will also need to install the Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10 to use this feature:

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How do I record a game if it's in full-screen mode?

For PC games in full-screen (or full-screen exclusive) mode, you won’t see Game Bar, but you can use the Windows logo key+ Alt + R to start and stop recordings. You’ll see the screen flash when the recording starts and completes. You can also use the Windows logo key+ Alt + G to record the last 30 seconds (or whatever time you picked) if you’ve already turned on background recording.

If the shortcuts don’t work for a full-screen game, press Windows logo key+ G. You’ll see the screen flash twice confirming that the game is recognized. After this, you can then run the game in full-screen again and use the Windows logo key+ Alt + R and Windows logo key+ Alt + G.

What should I do if Xbox Game Bar and my shortcuts aren’t working?

  • Make sure you have the latest updates on your Windows 10/11 device. Press the Start button , then choose Settings. Go to Update & security (Windows Update on Win11), then select Check for updates.
  • Check your Game Bar settings. Press the Start button , then choose Settings. Go to Gaming > XboxGame bar, then turn on Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar.
  • When playing a game, press the Windows logo key+ G to open Game Bar. Select the Enable gaming features for this app to record gameplay when trying to use gaming features like broadcasting or capturing.
  • Your game may be running in full-screen mode. See the “How do I record a game if it’s in full-screen mode?” section, above.
  • Try choosing a different display option for your game, such as borderless windows.
  • The game might be blocking custom keyboard shortcuts. See the “Why don't my keyboard shortcuts for Game Bar work?” section, below.
  • A small number of PCs and accessories don’t support the Windows logo key. Check your device manufacturer’s website for more info.
  • If your keyboard doesn’t have the Windows logo key built in, create a custom keyboard shortcut to open Game Bar. Press the Start button , select Settings > Gaming > XboxGame bar, and then enter a new shortcut.

Recording only worked once or twice. How do I fix it?

Sometimes, a recording doesn't end correctly. When that happens, restart Game Bar to fix the problem:

  1. Close the game.
  2. In the search box on the Windows taskbar, type and then select Task Manager.
  3. Select More details.
  4. In the list of running processes, select the Broadcast bar server (bcastdvr.exe) process (if it's still there), and then select End task.
  5. Restart your game and try recording again.

Why don't my keyboard shortcuts for Xbox Game Bar work?

How do I use Xbox Game Bar on my tablet PC?

Windows key-based Game Bar shortcuts won’t work on tablets without an attached physical keyboard, but you can create your own shortcuts that use keys available on the virtual keyboard. To do so, press Windows logo key+ G to open Game Bar, select Settings > Shortcuts, enter your preferred shortcuts, and then press Save.

My game clips are blank. What happened?

Some games disable recording capability by default. You won't be able to make clips of these titles.

Why can't I take a screenshot?

If you have any protected content open on your PC, it may cause your screenshot to go blank.

Why is my audio device not working?

Check that your audio device is compatible with your PC, then connect it and make sure Xbox Game Bar recognizes it. Press Windows logo key+ G to open Game Bar, select Settings > Party chat, and then look for your device in the Input or Output selection boxes.

Why can’t I use Xbox Game Bar across multiple monitors?

Currently Xbox Game Bar supports one monitor at a time only.

Why can’t I record some games when I use my multiple GPUs in a Linked Display Adapter (LDA) configuration?

Some games use a pixel format that’s not currently compatible with Xbox Game Bar in a Linked Display Adapter (LDA) configuration.

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Games for Windows

For the magazine, see Games for Windows: The Official Magazine. For the service, see Games for Windows – Live.

Games for Windows is a discontinued brand owned by Microsoft and introduced in 2006 to coincide with the release of the Windows Vistaoperating system. The brand itself represents a standardized technical certification program and online service for Windows games, bringing a measure of regulation to the PC game market in much the same way that console manufacturers regulate their platforms. The branding program was open to both first-party and third-party publishers.[1]

Games for Windows was promoted through conventionkiosks and through other forums as early as 2005.[2] The promotional push culminated in a deal with Ziff Davis Media to rename the Computer Gaming World magazine to Games for Windows: The Official Magazine. The first GFW issue was published for November 2006.[3] In 2008, Ziff Davis announced that the magazine would cease to be published, though online content would still be updated and maintained.[4][5]

In 2013, Microsoft announced that Xbox PC Marketplace would cease operations, which would result in the discontinuation of the Games for Windows brand. In spite of this announcement, the company stated that content previously purchased could still be accessed via the Games for Windows – Live client software.[6]


Games certified by Microsoft feature a prominent "Games for Windows" logo border across the top of their packaging, in a manner similar to games developed for the Xbox 360.[1] Software must meet certain requirements mandated by Microsoft in order to display the brand on its packaging. These requirements include:[1][7][8][9]

  • An "Easy Install" option that installs the title on a PC in the fewest possible steps and mouse clicks
  • Compatibility with Xbox 360 peripherals
  • An "Only on Xbox 360 and Windows Vista" or "Only on Windows Vista" stamp for game packaging
  • Compatibility with the Games Explorer
  • Compatibility with x64 processors with proper installation and execution on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7; games themselves can be 32-bit
  • Support for normal and widescreenresolutions, such as 4:3 aspect ratio (800 × 600, 1024 × 768), 16:9 aspect ratio (1280 × 720, 1920 × 1080), and 16:10 aspect ratio (1280 × 800, 1440 × 900, 1680 × 1050, 1920 × 1200)
  • Support for parental controls and family safety features
  • Support for launching from Windows Media Center

Microsoft claimed that it had increased its sales of Games for Windows-branded games in stores that had been giving the games greater focus, and stated that it planned to increase marketing efforts for the brand.[10]


Cross-platform compatibility[edit]

Certain games certified under the Games for Windows brand, including Shadowrun, and UNO featured cross-platform compatibility, allowing gamers to play against each other across Xbox 360 consoles and traditional Windows Vista or Windows 7 PCs.[11][12]

Online play[edit]

Main article: Games for Windows – Live

Starting with Halo 2 on May 31, 2007, certain Games for Windows titles have access to Microsoft's Live network for online play and other features, including voice chat, instant messaging and friends lists, accessed from an in-game menu called the "Guide". Users can log in with their Xbox Livegamertags to gain achievements and play games and chat across platforms with games that support cross-platform compatibility. Some features, including cross-platform multiplayer gaming and multiplayer achievements, initially required a subscription to the Xbox Live Gold.[13] However, on July 22, 2008, Microsoft announced that all Games for Windows functionality would be free for existing and future members, and that early adopters of the technology would receive refunds for previously incurred charges. In addition, Microsoft launched a Games for Windows Live Marketplace, similar to the Xbox Live Marketplace, which allowed users to download or purchase content, such as game demos, add-ons, and gamer pics, with Microsoft Points; the publisher of a title would determine if an item required to be purchased.[13] At the same time, Microsoft announced its intentions to make the Games for Windows - Live client software interface more friendly and to reduce the technical requirements for developers.[14][15]

Games Explorer[edit]

Main article: Features new to Windows Vista

Games Explorer on Windows Vista showing information for the Hold 'Empoker game, including performance and content ratings.

The Games Explorer, included with all versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, is a special folder that showcases the games installed on a user's computer and their related information, essentially making it a games gallery. When a compatible game is installed, the operating system adds a shortcut of the game to the Games Explorer, and can optionally download additional information, such as game packaging and content rating information (e.g., ESRB, PEGI, ACB, CERO) through the developer's own game definition file or from information provided by the Internet, although this feature was discontinued since 2016.[16]Windows Experience Index information is also displayed within the interface.[17] The feature was removed entirely in Windows 10 v1803.

Games Explorer supports custom commands for games[17] and also includes shortcuts to configure various operating system components which may be pertinent to gamers, such as audio devices, display devices, firewall settings, and game controllers.[1] In Windows Vista, Games Explorer allows developers to expose game metadata and thumbnails to the interface and Windows Search through a shell handler.[18] The Games Explorer is fully compatible with the parental controls feature included in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Parental controls allows parents to include or preclude certain games from being played based on their content, rating, and/or title, and can also block games from being played altogether.

Compatibility typically depends on the age or popularity of a game, with newer games having better compatibility. If a game is incompatible, a user can manually add a game by dragging and dropping it to the Games Explorer.[19]

Tray and Play[edit]

Tray and Play is a technology developed by Microsoft for Windows Vista that allows users to insert a game disc into an optical disc drive and play the game while it installs itself in the background and streams off the disc with minimal or zero caching—in a manner similar to a game console. The first and only commercial game known to use this technology is the Windows version of Halo 2.[8]

Xbox 360 peripheral compatibility[edit]

Part of the Games for Windows initiative involved ensuring that Xbox 360 peripherals, such as the Xbox 360 Controller and Wireless Gaming Receiver worked across Windows platforms.[1][20][21] Xbox 360 peripherals not only work with certified games, but also with the default games included with Windows Vista, such as Minesweeper.[22][23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abcdeThurrott, Paul (October 6, 2010). "Games for Windows Vista". Supersite for Windows. Penton. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  2. ^"Rail Simulator attends Leipzig Games Convention". GamesIndustry International. September 5, 2006. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  3. ^Freidenfelds, Jason; Zane, Randy. "Ziff Davis Announces Online and Print Media Alliance with Microsoft". Ziff Davis Media. Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  4. ^Cox, Simon. "The end of an era?". IGN. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  5. ^Orland, Kyle (April 8, 2008). "Games for Windows Magazine goes online-only". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  6. ^"PC Marketplace is closing August 2013". Xbox Support. Microsoft. Archived from the original on August 17, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  7. ^"About Games for Windows". Games for Windows. Microsoft. Archived from the original on April 7, 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  8. ^ abBlock, Gerry (April 18, 2007). "Vista 'Tray and Play' Hands On". IGN. Ziff Davis Media. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  9. ^Wiley-Ransom, James (December 18, 2006). "Games for Windows Vista: how the new brand & OS will change PC gaming [update 1]". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  10. ^Adams, Dan (December 7, 2006). "Vista and Games for Windows Update". IGN. Ziff Davis Media. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  11. ^Ploskina, Brian (March 14, 2007). "Microsoft Unifies Xbox, Windows". Dealerscope. NAPCO Media. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  12. ^"Microsoft Unites Xbox and PC Gamers With Debut of Games for Windows — LIVE". News Center. Microsoft. March 14, 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  13. ^ abCaron, Frank (July 23, 2008). "Microsoft refunding gamers, Games for Windows Live goes free". ArsTechnica. Condé Nast. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  14. ^Breckon, Nick (July 22, 2008). "Games for Windows Takes on Steam, Set to Launch PC Digital Content Distribution Platform". Shacknews. Shacknews LTD. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  15. ^"Games for Windows LIVE Gets Major Changes". G4 Media. NBCUniversal. July 22, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  16. ^"Legacy Game Support with Games Explorer". MSDN. Microsoft. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  17. ^ abSoper, Mark (January 4, 2008). "Gaming with Windows Vista: Playing Games Through the Games Explorer". Que Publishing. Pearson Education. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  18. ^"Rich Saved Games (Vista Only)". MSDN. Microsoft. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  19. ^"Install a game in the Games folder". Microsoft. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  20. ^GameSpot (September 22, 2004). "Microsoft talks Longhorn, XNA, and Xbox 2". Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  21. ^Dawson, Bruce (2006). "Preparing Games for Windows Vista"(PDF). Microsoft. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  22. ^LeBlanc, Brandon (May 13, 2007). "Gaming in Windows Vista with the Wireless Xbox 360 Controller". Windows Blogs. Microsoft. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  23. ^Oiaga, Marius (May 14, 2007). "Take Windows Vista Gaming to the Next Level". Softpedia. Retrieved May 3, 2015.[permanent dead link]

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Get to know Xbox Game Bar on Windows

Open Xbox Game Bar to take control of all your favorite gaming activities while playing on your Windows 10/11 device.

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How to open Xbox Game Bar

Press Windows logo key + G to open Game Bar over your game, app, or desktop.

All your favorite things in one place

When you open Game Bar, a variety of Xbox gaming activities are at your fingertips. Select a feature from the Widget Menu and it’ll pop up as a widget. Many of these can be moved, resized, or pinned to your screen.

Widget menu in Xbox Game Bar

Widget menu (1) – Select the Widget menu icon to open a list of activities to choose from.

Mouse click-through (2) – Click-through ensures that all mouse activity will go through a pinned widget and straight to the underlying game or app. Select the mouse icon to enable or disable click-through.

Settings (3) – Select the Settings icon to adjust preferences such as your accounts, keyboard shortcuts, and what notifications you want to receive.

Audio (4) – Get the perfect mix by adjusting the sound levels of your game, chat, and background apps.

Capture (5) – Record a clip or take a screenshot when something awesome happens. For more info, see:

From the developer (6) – Stay in the know from the creators of your favorite games.

Gallery (7) – Your game clips and screenshots will show up here.

Looking for Group (8) – Use Looking for Group to find players for your favorite multiplayer games. For more info, see:

Performance (9) – Track your game’s frames-per-second (FPS) and other real-time stats. For more info, see:

Resources(10) – See what apps and processes are using system resources to help you optimize gaming performance.

Spotify (11) – Link your Spotify account to rock your games with your favorite songs. For more info, see:

Xbox Achievements (12) – Track your games’ progress and see what you’ve unlocked.

Xbox Chat (13) and Xbox Social (14) – Start a text or voice chat, one on one or in a group. Connect with friends or make new ones and join a friend’s PC game or invite them to join yours.

Widget Store (15) – Looking for more Game Bar widgets? Get them here.

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Lifting the lid on Windows 11's new look: 'We looked at the Microsoft logo and turned it blue'

Microsoft is building up to its Windows 11 release date on October 5, and it's revealed some of the thinking behind the redesign of its operating system.

Making sure that when people look at it they're like 'yeah, I like it' and 'yeah, that's Windows'.

And it's not quite as complex a process as you might think, at least in places.

"We looked at the Microsoft logo and turned it blue," one Microsoft employee says during its latest video (above) on the Windows 11 rebrand.

The Windows 11 logo, you might recall, has come in various forms over the years but for the most part it's been made up of four square-ish shapes. For its latest incarnation, it literally is just four squares.

But four BLUE squares. And they're no longer italicised, either.

Not to be confused with the four slightly offset blue squares of the Windows 10 logo. 

The old logo was blue, right? Or am I losing it?

Can I even be sure this video isn't actually satire of Apple ads from a decade ago? Is Microsoft that self aware or is this an earnest attempt to explain the rebrand? Would I even recognise an earnest attempt by a company at this point or has marketing ruined my perception of what's real and what's not?

I can't even be sure if Vincent from the video is real. A cursory glance at LinkedIn suggests Vincent isn't real. Or at least isn't easily searchable on LinkedIn.

The only truth I know is that, yes, the Windows 11 logo is blue. Except when it's not.

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.

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