Xbox Game Bar is buggy and can’t be disabled in Windows 11

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  • While testing Windows 11, users constantly run into new bugs that affect the system's functionality.
  • The Xbox Game Bar proves to struggle with some issues of its own, preventing gamers from taking full advantage of it.
  • The record feature, although working, it doesn't record fullscreen, as it should, but only a strange zoomed-out version.
  • Users that would like to disable this gaming integration won't be able to do it, as no such option exists in Windows 11.
Xbox game bar windows 11

Given the fact that, for now, Windows 11 is simply a preview build, bug reports are flowing in large quantities, each day.

It just goes to show how much work this new operating system still needs, and why user feedback is critical in this early stage.

The silver lining here is that the community is constantly flagging these issues so that Microsoft can take action and actually solve them before the OS goes live.

Xbox Game Bar not properly recording

And speaking about Windows 11 bugs, users keep signalling major issues going on with the Xbox Game Bar. Apparently, there are a lot of things going wrong with this gaming integration.

The record feature is not working as it should and users are starting to get fed up with not being able to properly record their gameplay.

Microsoft Answers user Mr sideways reported that, although recording works for him, it doesn’t record fullscreen, but only shows a zoomed out version of what he is trying to actually record.

Quick question for the PC Xbox game bar. I’ve had issues with recording and it not capturing the gameplay on the complete screen. In this case, it will just be a zoomed-out video and isn’t zoomed in to the normal computer size. Is there something I’m doing wrong or is there a fix?

Troubleshooting the app from the system settings won’t do you any good, as it doesn’t fix this issue.

So, if you were thinking about capturing some awesome gaming moments using the Xbox Game Bar, on Windows 11, you better change your plans because there is no workaround or fix for this problem, yet.

You can’t disable the Xbox Game Bar on Windows 11

So we established that the Xbox Game Bar is far from functional on the new OS and there might some users that would just want to deactivate it, in order to spare themselves future disappointment.

However, while navigating the Windows 11 settings, you will not find such an option, unfortunately.

Users of Microsoft’s new operating system are already taking social media by storm in order to warn others that disabling the gaming integration is not an option, on this early OS build.

Source: Reddit

In conclusion, before Microsoft releases a new build, with applied fixes to all the issues and bugs that were flagged during this testing period, we have to accept that some features aren’t completely functional.

And this should come as no surprise, considering the state that Windows 11 is in right now, meaning that it is the earliest version of the OS, and everything that’s happening is somewhat normal for new software.

What issues have you stumbled upon, while using Windows 11? Let us know in the comments section below.

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