Windows 10 updates are common and updating your Windows 10 is recommended if you want to keep up with new features and options each new update brings to your. Windows 10 has listened to the advice provided by gamers from all around the world and they have included a section in the Settings app dedicated solely to games and gaming.
This section in Settings offers various features such as the Game bar which can be used to record in-game footage and take screenshots. There is also a Game DVR setting which can also be used to record footage in the background so that you can review it later. You can also use the Broadcasting option in order to transfer sound and video from your computer to your fans or the Game Mode which can be used to optimize your gaming experience maximally. However, some issues are bound to occur…
Windows 10 Game Bar Error “Can’t Record Right Now, Try Again Later?”
This particular problem has been bugging players who wanted to use the Game bar during their game. When they press the Windows Key + G key combination which is normally used to record the in-game footage, they receive the “Can’t Record Right Now, Try Again Later?” alert and they are unable to record or take screenshots.
This sometimes occurs when the user’s PC is just not strong enough to handle this feature because Game bar and Game DVR features are resource-demanding processes which can also affect your gaming experience by slowing the game down significantly.
The games which seems the most affected by this is Minecraft, even though this is quite a light-weight game which can be run on almost any PC made in the last 20 years. Let’s find out just how to fix this issue!
Solution 1: Repairing Xbox Installation Files
A possible reason for the fact that you are encountering this issue may rely in the fact that your Xbox files have been misconfigured. The Xbox app for Windows is quite important if you want to run the Game bar efficiently so make sure you configure it correctly.
- Launch Windows PowerShell with administrator permissions. In order to do do this, click on Start > All apps > Windows PowerShell or right-click on the Start Menu logo and choose Windows PowerShell (Admin). You can also search for it by using the search button located at the taskbar.
- Right-click Windows PowerShell and click More > Run as Administrator.
- In the Windows PowerShell screen, copy and paste the command you see below and make sure you click the Enter key after typing it:
Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Restart your computer so that the changes can take effect. Make sure that you save and close any apps that you have opened before you restart.
- Download the Xbox application from the Store. This is quite easy and you won’t even need to setup a Microsoft account in order to download it. Follow the steps below:
- Select Store on your taskbar, or select Start, and on the apps list select Store.
- In the Store, select Apps or Games.
- Search for the Xbox application and open its window.
- Click Download.
Solution 2: Reset the Windows Store Cache
If the Store’s cache is experiencing some issues, make sure you reset it with this simple command. Resetting the cache usually solves similar issues because they are caused when the Store is used excessively and its cache becomes larger than recommended. This may cause issues both with your Game bar and your Xbox app which can lead to the particular message being displayed often.
- Click on your Start menu and type the “wsreset” command. As soon as you type this in, the first result at the top should be “wsreset – Run command”.
- Click on this in order to reset the Store’s cache.
- Restart your computer in order to apply these changes and open Store to see if your downloads are working again.
Solution 3: Basic Instructions on How to Troubleshoot Problems with Game bar on Windows 10 Manually
If the Game bar is currently malfunctioning, you should follow the steps you are about to read below in order to setup your computer to be able to use the Game bar properly. Even the slightest misconfiguration can lead to errors and the “Can’t record now” error message. Contant us if one of the steps below doesn’t sound clear.
- If nothing happens when you press the Windows logo key + G, check your Game bar settings. Open the Xbox app, and select Settings > Game DVR and make sure Record game clips and screenshots using Game bar is On.
- If Game bar doesn’t appear for a full-screen game, try keyboard shortcuts: Press the Windows logo key + Alt + R to start recording a clip, then press it again to stop. You’ll see the screen flash when the recording starts and ends. If you have changed these keyboard shortcuts, make sure you click the buttons you set yourself instead of the ones described in this step.
- If the Windows logo key isn’t working during a game, the game may be blocking it. To create your own keyboard shortcuts for Game bar, choose the Xbox app, then select Settings > Game DVR > Keyboard shortcuts and set your own. Some keyboard shortcuts are being used by other applications at the same time so opening the Game bar in-game is not possible, especially if that game is using it.
Solution 4: Restart the Broadcast DVR Server From Task Manager
Sometimes a previous recording you ran didn’t end properly or it was interrupted accidentally before the process managed to save your data and this led to the issue we are dealing with now. The quickest way to fix this is to simply reset the Game DVR process in Task Manager.
- Close the game you were planning or recording.
- In the search box on the Windows taskbar, type Task manager, and then select the first result that pops up in the search. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination
- In Task Manager, click on More details if this is your first time opening your processes in Task Manager.
- In the list of running processes, locate the Broadcast DVR server (bcastdvr.exe) process (if it’s still there), and then select End task located at the bottom right part of the window.
- Restart the game and try recording your in-game footage again.
Solution 5: Move the Capture Folder Where Your Footage and Screenshots Are Actually Located
This particular fix worked for several users who were complaining about this at the Xbox forum. This is quite a strange fix which you must perform manually since there is no way of changing the default storage folder for your screenshots and videos to a different location on your hard drive. Find out how to achieve this by following the steps below!
- Navigate to the following location in order to locate your Captures folder where Game bar and Game DVR save the footage you take in-game:
- Locate the Captures folder, right-click on it, and choose the Cut option or you can simply select it by left-clicking on it and use the Ctrl + X combination.
- Choose some other location on your computer which shouldn’t be located directly in your user account folder.
- It appears that the problem is related to administrator and your own permissions and the Game bar does not allow you to save the footage in the folders belonging to your user name.
- Your best choice is to move this folder to the root of your C: drive because this was able to help plenty of people deal with their Game bar issue.
- Do this by clicking on This PC >> Local Disk (C:).
- Right-click on an empty space in the C: drive and select the Paste option. You can also use the Ctrl + V option to paste the folder.
The good thing about moving the Captures folder is that the Game bar will still continue to save the captured footage in it no matter where you move it. It’s great because you don’t have to go through the hassle of actually removing the default folder in settings.
Solution 6: The In-Built Windows Apps Troubleshooter
Windows definitely comes prepared when it comes to troubleshooting because the Settings app holds a place for plenty of troubleshooters for various things which can go wrong on your device. Since this problem is closely related to the Xbox app among others, you can also tr this solution as your last resort if all of the solutions above have failed. Troubleshooting Windows 10 apps can be quite useful because it can show you just where the problem is or it can even fix the problem for you automatically.
- Search for Settings in the Start menu and click on the first result.
- Locate the Update & security section and open it.
- Navigate to the Troubleshoot tab and check under the Find and Fix other problems.
- Windows Store Apps troubleshooter should be located at the bottom so make sure you click on it and follow the instructions on screen.