Since the PC is the biggest gaming platform if we were to except consoles, it’s understandable why Windows 10 has a lot of native gaming features. But sometimes these native gaming features seem a little forced, especially when Microsoft decides to remove the settings that allowed the end users to disable them. A perfect example of this is the Game Bar – a set of gaming-oriented features that will allow users to take screenshots, record and broadcast more easily. The Game Bar is great for gamers, but some users are pissed after receiving constant Game Mode notifications telling them how to enable Game Mode and if the feature is turned on. Unfortunately, Microsoft just removed the built-in way of disabling the Game Mode notifications in Windows 10.
Turning Off Game Mode Notifications on Windows 10
Up until recently, you would have been able to prevent Windows 10 from showing you Game Mode notifications. But if you installed the latest Windows 10 updates, this is no longer an option. You are basically forced to see them everytime you launch a game, even if you don’t want to. Even more, there’s also a glitch that will make Game Mode Notifications to appear on every new application windows that you open, not just games.
Luckily, there are ways to make the Game Mode notifications go away for good without disrupting the actual Game Bar. The only thing that will be affected is the annoying notification.
Below you have two ways of removing the Game Mode Notifications. Method 1 shows the old way of disabling them, but that is not applicable if you installed the latest Windows updates. But there’s also Method 2, that allows you to stop Game Mode notifications by performing a minor Registry tweak.
Regardless of which method you end up choosing, follow the steps below for further instructions.
Method 1: Disabling Game Mode Notifications from the Settings menu (if applicable)
There’s a high chance that this method will not be applicable – if you have your Windows 10 up to date. But if you’re still running on an older build, it’s worth a shot to check whether you can disable the Game Mode notifications from the Settings menu. It will save you the trouble of modifying the registry.
Follow the steps down below to navigate to the Game More tab ( in the Settings menu) and disable the Game Mode notifications:
- . Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “ms-settings:gaming-gamemode” and hit Enter to open the Game Mode tab of the Settings app.
- In the Game mode tab, simply disable the checkbox associated with Get Game Mode notifications.
Note: If the option was removed by a Windows update you already installed, you’ll see the following screen instead, with no means of disabling the Game Mode notifications – now, it only shows if This PC supports Game Mode. In this case, move down to the next method below.
Method 2: Disabling Game Mode Notifications via Registry Editor
There’s another way that you can follow to disable Game Mode Notifications regardless if you installed the latest pending Windows updates or not. This method involves editing the registry, but there are no major modifications that could damage your PC. As long as you follow the steps below, you should have no problem making the Game Mode Notifications to disappear for good:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “regedit” and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open Registry Editor with administrative privileges. When prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) window, click Yes to grant elevated privileges.
- Using the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ GameBar
- Inside the GameBar key, move over to the right pane and double-click on ShowGameModeNotifications.
Note: If the value is not created, right-click on a free space in the right pane and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then, name the newly created value ShowGameModeNotifications.
- Double-click on ShowGameModeNotifications, set the Base to Hexadecimal and the Value data to 0. Click Ok to save the changes.
Note: If you ever decide to turn it back up, return to the ShowGameModeNotifications value and set the Value data to 1.
- Close Registry Editor and restart your computer. At the next startup, the Game Mode notifications will be disabled for all the games that you decide to open.