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What is Gamebar.exe? How to disable it?

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Windows is by far ahead of both macOS and Linux when it comes to PC gaming. Additionally, since Microsoft merged Xbox with Windows, the gaming-related options and features have only increased.

In this article, we’re looking at what is gamebar.exe, what does it do and whether or not you should keep it on your PC.

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What is gamebar.exe?

Gamebar.exe is the background process used to toggle the Xbox Game Bar, Windows’ in-built gaming hub that works on the Xbox network and allows people to see their system resource usage quickly, take screenshots, record their screen, check up on their friends and whatnot.

What is Gamebar.exe? How to disable it?
The Windows Game Bar.

The process hardly uses any resources and only becomes active when the Xbox Game Bar is available. It’s a legitimate program from Microsoft that acts as an extension to the Xbox app, meaning it’s entirely safe for use as well.

Do you need gamebar.exe?

If you use your PC for anything other than playing games, you don’t need to use gamebar.exe, although it can still be a helpful tool for taking screenshots and screen recordings even when not in a game. Just press Windows Key + G to bring it up and use it as you like.

The Game Bar also gives a bunch of information like your Xbox Socials, a PC resource monitor and audio mixing options, in addition to several other widgets that users open up and align to make their desired layout. 

How to disable gamebar.exe

If you want to disable the Xbox Game Bar and gamebar.exe, you can do so by following these steps.

Step 1: Click the search icon next to the start menu and search for Game ModeClick the corresponding search result. 

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Step 2: Make sure the Game Mode slider is disabled.

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Doing so will disable the Game Bar and the process both. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: