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How to Use Windows 10 Built-in Game Bar Screen Recorder

Windows 10 has a native Game Bar Screen Recorder that allows you to record any application or game without using any third-party program.

Whether you want to create a video tutorial or get a video clip to share on social media, screen recording can be helpful. Actually, you don’t need third-party software to record what happens on your computer screen because Windows 10 has a native tool, Xbox Game Bar Screen Recorder.

Game Bar Screen Recorder

Don’t judge by its name. It is a feature of the official Xbox app that was designed to record gameplay clips on the Live platform, but it can be used normally for screen recording of any application or game that is running on your desktop.

Record Screen with Game Bar

It is quite easy to use Game Bar to record your screen and take screenshots on Windows 10. You can refer to the steps below to see how it works.

Step 1. Press the “Windows + G” key combination and a small bar will appear on the screen asking you to confirm the opening of the game bar. Click on the checkbox next to the option “Yes, this is a game”. If somehow, the Game Bar does not appear, you can search “game bar” in the Windows 10 search box.

Step 2. The game bar is somewhat intuitive and has only six buttons. You just click the camera icon to start a free time recording. You can also use keyboard shortcuts.(Windows + Alt + G to record 30 seconds, Windows + Alt + R for free recording and Windows + Alt + PrtScrn to save a screenshot).

Record Screen with Xbox Game Bar

Step 3. After that, you will get a small pop-up bar with a timer and two recording controls. You can click on the microphone button to turn off your external mic to only record your internal mic voice.

When the recording is complete. All files are stored in the “Game DVR” section, within the Xbox application, but you can also find them in the “Capture” folder, in the operating system's video directory.

As you can see, the Windows 10 Game Bar is quite handy when it comes to screen recording without the need to download anything. However, the recording feature is not compatible with any computer.

This PC Doesn't Meet the Hardware Requirements for Recording Clips

When trying to start a recording, there are chances that you will receive the error below:

Sorry, this PC doesn't meet the hardware requirements for recording clips. For more info, go to Xbox Game Bar settings.

Your machine must be equipped with a video card that supports this functionality. Compatible GPUs are Radeon HD 7000, HD 7000M, HD 8000, HD 8000M, R9, R7 (from AMD), GeForce 600 series or later, 800M series or later, Quadro Kxxx series or higher (from NVIDIA), HD Graphics 4000 or later and Iris Graphics 5100 or later (from Intel). Outdated drivers may also cause this problem even though your machine hardware meets the requirements. If you haven’t kept your drivers up to date, you should try to update your drivers and try it again. If however, you cannot make the Game Bar start recording, you can use an alternative application to record Windows 10 screen for free.

Free Windows 10 Screen Recorder App

If the Windows 10 Game Bar Screen Recorder does not work for or you want a screen recorder with more features, then you can try iTop Screen Recorder. It is designed to record your screen on Windows 10/ 8/ 8.1/7. Unlike Game Bar, it is compatible with all Windows PC despite your hardware.

With iTop Screen Recorder, you can select any area of your screen to record high-definition videos up to 4K without lagging on the frame. In addition, it offers 4 options to quickly select the recording area, Full Screen, Select Window, Fixed Ratio (4:3), and Fixed Ratio (16:9).

Besides, there are a few advanced features of iTop Screen Recorder worth mentioning:

  • Record screen with audio. While recording, you can choose to record your microphone audio input. Of course, you can also switch the system sound on or off while recording at any time.
  • Take screenshots while recording. While recording, you can select any area to take a screenshot for quick share without affecting the screen recording.
  • Record and edit in one place. When the record completes, After the recording ends, you could click the Edit button to edit the video before saving to your hard drive.
  • Multiple output formats. iTop Screen Recorder supports over 12 output formats so you can transfer the output video to any mainstream digital device. What’s more, you can use it to convert saved videos to another format if needed.

With these advanced features for a free screen recorder app, you probably already in love with it. Now, let’s see how it works for recording screen on Windows 10.

Step 1: Free Download and install iTop Screen Recorder on Windows 10 or previous Windows operating system.

Step 2: When the installation completes, a quick control bar with switches for Speaker, Mic, and Mouse will appear. For more settings like video format, frame rate, and quality, you can click the Recording Settings to customize for your needs. Record Your Screen with iTop Screen Recorder

Step 3: After setting the preference up, you can click the red REC button to start recording. Alternatively, you can also press the hotkey F9 to start recording and F10 to pause the recording. By the way, you can specify the hotkeys yourself in the settings.

Start Recording


Step 4: When you want to end the recording, you can just press F9 or click the Stop button. Then the video will be saved automatically for you to edit or upload to social media or cloud drive.

Edit Recordings 


Most people are inclined to seek built-in features on Windows when it comes to screen recording or other things. If the Game Bar screen recorder works for you, it is convenient since you don’t need to install anything.

If you seek a more advanced screen recording app or Game Bar screen recording not working for you,  iTop Screen Recorder is your best alternative. It is intuitive and compatible with all Windows versions. Try it free now to start recording your computer screen and discover more features.

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