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Fix Low Game FPS in Windows 10 by Disabling This Feature

Joel Lee 20-12-2016

Windows 10 was supposed to be a gamer-friendly operating system Here's How Gaming Will Work With Windows 10 With Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing PC gaming and the Xbox One together in a big way. Find out what to expect once Windows 10 arrives. Read More , and I suppose if you compare it to Windows 8 then it did succeed. But there are a handful of quirks that are more annoying than helpful, like the Game DVR feature.


The new feature in Windows 10, called Game Bar Windows 10 Is for Gamers: 6 Features You Will Love You will want to use Windows 10 for gaming! Whether it's streaming your Xbox One games to your PC, using the Xbox app, or enjoying high performance gaming with DirectX 12, Windows 10 enhances your... Read More , makes it very easy to record your gameplay for use in YouTube videos and what not. This feature is provided by the native Xbox App that comes installed on Windows 10 (which some consider to be bloatware Tired of Bloatware? How to Purge Windows 10 Store Apps For Microsoft, Windows 10 is a cash machine. With future updates, more apps will be pre-installed and promoted on the Start Menu. Let us show you how to easily remove pre-installed Windows Store apps. Read More ).

The problem is that Game DVR, also called Xbox DVR at times, can have a serious impact on gaming performance — even when you aren’t recording!

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You can disable Game DVR with a simple registry tweak.

  1. Open the Start Menu and launch regedit.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\System\GameConfigStore.
  3. Right-click on GameDVR_Enabled and select Modify… then set the Value to 0.
  4. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  5. Right-click on Windows and select New > Key and name it GameDVR.
  6. Right-click on GameDVR and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it AllowGameDVR.
  7. Right-click on AllowGameDVR and select Modify… then set the Value to 0.

Done! Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer. Now the Game DVR feature of Windows 10 will be disabled and you should hopefully have much better FPS performance in the games you play.


Do you use the Game DVR feature often? Know of any other tips that can help with game performance on Windows 10? Share with us in the comments below!

Related topics: Troubleshooting, Windows 10.

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  1. Onehandguy
    August 7, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    i can't IT SAY "Cannot Create Key: You do not have the requisite permissons to create a new key under windows." plz help

  2. Jenny Jasmine
    January 3, 2017 at 11:59 am

    This guide has explained well but for quick and easy fix, go through the below link
    Hopefully, your LOW Game FPS issue will be fixed.

  3. Jow
    December 23, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Fix Low Game FPS in Windows 10 by Disabling This:

    Uninstall Windows 10 and install Windows 7, the best there was ever! To much spyware in Windows 10 too...

    Happy Xmas & Happy New Year 2017 to you and everyone who reads this


  4. Kelsey Tidwell
    December 23, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Thanks for the info Joel. As always, pertinent and useful article. Ignore the trolls.

  5. dstruct
    December 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Or, you know, use the option that says "disable game DVR" in the Xbox app... why use regedit?

    • Joel Lee
      December 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Because you need to log into the Xbox App to access the settings, even though the feature is still active even while logged out.

      • Daniel Rubino
        December 20, 2016 at 7:07 pm

        >"The problem is that Game DVR, also called Xbox DVR at times, can have a serious impact on gaming performance — even when you aren’t recording!"

        So, we just like...take your word? Can't be bothered with measuring things, testing, reporting real numbers?


        • Norm
          December 21, 2016 at 4:53 am

          Well it pretty well known at this point, it's not a new thing.

        • Cat
          December 23, 2016 at 11:43 am

          I agree to Norm's comment.