Full Fix: ‘There’s nothing to record’ in Windows 10 Game Bar

Milan Stanojevic avatar. By: Milan Stanojevic
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Some Windows 10 users love to record their gameplay sessions in order to share them online. Microsoft has acknowledged this and added Game DVR feature that lets you record gameplay on Windows 10 without using any third party applications.

Unfortunately, many Windows 10 users reported There’s nothing to record message while using the Game bar. This can be a major problem especially if you frequently save gameplay videos, but luckily, there are few ways to fix this problem.

Fix There’s nothing to record error message on Windows 10

Game Bar is a solid feature, but some users reported There’s nothing to record message while using it. Speaking of Game Bar recording problems, users reported the following issues:

  • Windows 10 recorder says there’s nothing to record – This is a common problem on Windows 10, and if you’re having this issue, be sure to try some of our solutions.
  • Record gameplay Windows 10 there’s nothing to record – This is a variation of the original problem, but in most cases, you can fix it by using the same solutions.
  • Windows 10 DVR There’s nothing to record – If you’re getting There’s nothing to record message in Windows 10 DVR, you might be able to fix the problem simply by removing the temporary files.
  • There is nothing to record Xbox app – In some cases, you can encounter this message while using the Xbox app. To fix the problem, you need to change your Xbox app settings.
  • There’s nothing to record play some more – If this problem appears, you might want to check your settings. If that doesn’t work, make sure that your PC is up to date.

Solution 1 – Update your graphics drivers

Before we start fixing this problem, make sure your graphics card drivers are up to date. To update your drivers, just visit your graphics card manufacturer’s website, locate your graphics card model and download the latest drivers for it. After you’ve installed the latest drivers, recording problem should be resolved.

We also strongly recommend TweakBit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC. It’s a great tool which scans for updates as an antivirus scans for threats. This tool will keep your system safe as you can manually download and install the wrong driver version.


Solution 2 – Reinstall your graphics drivers

Few users reported that in order to fix There’s nothing to record error message, you need to uninstall your graphics drivers before installing the latest drivers. To uninstall your graphics card drivers, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the menu.
    Windows 10 DVR There's nothing to record
  2. When Device Manager starts, navigate to Display Adapters section, locate your graphics card driver, right click it and choose Uninstall. Choose not to delete driver software for this device.
    Windows 10 recorder says there's nothing to record
  3. After you’ve uninstalled your graphics card drivers, download and install the latest version following the instructions from Solution 1.

Solution 3 – Run the game in fullscreen mode

The game bar will sometimes give you There’s nothing to record error if you’re running your game in windowed mode. For some unknown reason, the Game bar doesn’t recognize windowed mode, and it refuses to work unless you run the game in the fullscreen mode. To run the game in fullscreen mode just start the game, go to video options and turn on the fullscreen mode.


Solution 4 – Start Steam games directly

Few users reported that There’s nothing to record error is related to Steam. According to them, the Game bar doesn’t work properly if you start the game using Steam. In order to avoid this issue, it’s advised you start Steam games directly from their installation directories.


Solution 5 – Delete temporary files

Users reported that removing temporary files has fixed There’s nothing to record error on their Windows 10 PCs. To delete temporary files, do the following:

  1. Open Settings app and go to System.
  2. Go to Storage and choose This PC.
    Windows 10 recorder says there's nothing to record
  3. Scroll down and locate Temporary files.
    Record gameplay Windows 10 there's nothing to record
  4. Click Temporary files and click on Delete temporary files.
    Windows 10 DVR There's nothing to record
  5. This process can take a while, so wait until it’s completed.
  6. After you’ve successfully removed Temporary files, restart your computer.

Several users also reported that they fixed the problem by using CCleaner. Using this tool users removed the temporary files and cleaned the registry, and that solved the problem for them.


Solution 6 – Keep pressing Windows Key + G shortcut

Windows Key + G shortcut is used to start recording, but if you’re having a problem with There’s nothing to record error message, few users advise to keep pressing Windows Key + G. According to them, pressing this key a few times somehow manages to fix this problem, so make sure to try that.


Solution 7 – Use Windows Key + Alt + R shortcut

If Windows Key + G shortcut isn’t working for you, then you should try using Windows Key + Alt + R instead. Bear in mind that Windows Key + Alt +R shortcut will record only 30 seconds of your gameplay, but you can change that by going to Game bar > Settings.


Solution 8 – Change the recording shortcut

Few users managed to fix this problem by changing their record shortcut, so let’s try to do that by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter Xbox. Choose Xbox app from the menu.
    There is nothing to record Xbox app
  2. When Xbox app starts, click the Settings icon on the left.
    There's nothing to record play some more
  3. Go to Game DVR tab.
  4. Set your own shortcut for to Start/stop recording. We used Ctrl + NumberPad1, but you can use any other combination.
  5. Click Save and close Xbox app.
    Windows 10 recorder says there's nothing to record
  6. Use your new shortcut to start/stop recording.

Solution 9 – Use the non-Beta version of Xbox app

If you’re constantly getting There’s nothing to record message, the problem might be your Xbox app. According to users, they had both regular and beta Xbox app installed on their PC, and the problem occurred only when using the beta version.

However, after starting the regular version, the issue was completely resolved. This is a simple workaround, but it works according to users, so feel free to try it out.


Solution 10 – Make sure that you’re signed in to the Microsoft account

Windows 10 supports two types of accounts, local and Microsoft, and if you’re getting There’s nothing to record error message, the problem might be because you’re using a local account. To fix the problem, you just need to switch from your local account to a Microsoft account and the problem should be completely resolved. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app. Go to the Accounts section.
    Record gameplay Windows 10 there's nothing to record
  2. In the right pane, select Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.
  3. Now enter the email address of your Microsoft account and click on Next.
  4. Now enter the password and click on Sign-in.
  5. Optional: If you have two-step verification enabled, you’ll be asked to enter a cellphone number and enter the received code.
  6. You’ll be asked to enter the password of your current local account. Enter the password in the designated field and click Next.
  7. If you’re asked to setup Windows Hello, choose Skip this step if you don’t want to use this feature.

After doing that, your local account will be converted to a Microsoft account and you should be able to use game recording feature with the Xbox app without any problems.


Solution 11 – Reinstall the Xbox app

If you are getting There’s nothing to record error message, the problem might be your Xbox app. Sometimes the application can get corrupted and that can cause this problem to appear. To fix the issue, some users are suggesting to reinstall your Xbox app. This is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter powershell. Right click Windows Powershell and choose Run as administrator from the menu.
    There's nothing to record play some more
  2. When Powershell opens, run Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage command. After running this command, the Xbox app will be removed from your PC.
    Windows 10 recorder says there's nothing to record
  3. After doing that, you need to visit Windows Store and download the Xbox app again.

Once the Xbox app is reinstalled, the problem should be resolved.


Solution 12 – Make sure that Broadcast DVR server isn’t running

If you previously used the recording feature, it’s possible that Broadcast DVR server is still running in the background. Sometimes this process can be the problem, and in order to fix the issue, it’s required that you close it manually. There are several ways to do that, but the simplest one is to use Task Manager. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Once Task Manager opens, locate Broadcast DVR server on the list, right click it and choose End task from the menu.
    There is nothing to record Xbox app

After doing that, check if the problem is resolved.


Solution 13 – Use the Troubleshooter

Windows 10 comes with several built-in troubleshooters that can be used to fix various problems. Since Xbox app is a Windows Store app, you might be able to fix the problems with it simply by running a Windows Store Apps troubleshooter. To do that, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter troubleshoot. Select Troubleshoot from the menu.
    Record gameplay Windows 10 there's nothing to record
  2. Now locate Windows Store Apps on the menu on the left, select it and click Run the troubleshooter.
    Windows 10 recorder says there's nothing to record
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.

Built-in troubleshooters are useful to fix common problems automatically, and if you’re having issues with recording, be sure to run Windows Store Apps troubleshooter and check if that solves the problem.


Solution 14 – Use a third-party solution

If you’re getting There’s nothing to record message in Game Bar, you might want to consider switching to a different screen recording solution. Game Bar is a solid tool that allows you to record your gameplay seamlessly, but sometimes you might want to use more advanced features.

If you’re looking for a new screen recording tool, there are many great applications such as Icecream Screen Recorder (free), ActivePresenter, and Snagit. All these tools are simple to use, and they are great alternatives to Game Bar, so feel free to try them out.

As you can see There’s nothing to record error message can be easily fixed, and most users reported that deleting Temporary Files fixed the issue for them. If that solution doesn’t work, feel free to try other solutions as well.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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