The next best thing after playing your favorite PC game is being able to capture some of the most intense or some of the funniest moments you encounter during the game. Microsoft was able to identify this need and that is the reason why Windows 10 offers the Game Bar feature along with their native Xbox app in order to improve your gaming experience maximally.
However, users have experienced issues regarding the option which lets you capture your screen during the game since the Game Bar and the Xbox app display the following message:
There’s nothing to record, play some more and try again.
This can be quite frustrating as the problem usually appears out of nowere, usually after a Windows update or after some changes have been made to your system. The problem can be fixed so make sure you follow the set of solutions below and try to find the one that works the best for you.
Solution 1: Check for Updates
When this method originally surfaced, users were told that updating their computer with the latest update should fix the issue. Even though this solution sounds like a generic one, it actually helped users who were stuck using an old version of Windows 10.
Windows 10 updates itself automatically from time to time and the automatic update option is enabled by default. However, if you noticed that Windows is not updating regularly, follow the set of instructions below in order to fix this.
- Hold the Windows Key and press X in order to open this special context menu. You can also right-click on the Start menu. Choose Windows Powershell (Admin).
- In the Powershell console, type cmd and wait for Powershell to switch to the cmd-like environment.
- In the “cmd” console, type in the following command and make sure you click Enter afterwards:
- wuauclt.exe /updatenow
- Let this command run for at least an hour and check back to see if any updates were found and/or installed successfully.
Solution 2: Update Your Graphics Drivers
This solution helped plenty of people since old graphics drivers often won’t support some of the newly created features made by Windows 10. If you graphics driver is too old, it probably wasn’t even created with Game Bar in mind and that is the reason why it’s so good to keep all of your drivers up to date.
Follow the steps below in order to update your graphics driver:
- Click Start and type Run. Select Run. A Run dialog box will appear.
- Type “devmgmt.msc” in the run dialog box and click the OK button. This is to open Device Manager Window.
- Locate your graphics card driver by checking under the Display adapters section. Click on the arrow left to this section in order to view the list of Display adapter drivers.
- Right-click on the adapter of your graphics card and select the Update driver option from the context menu. If you are using an integrated graphics card, there will probably only be one item on the list. If you are using an external graphics card, you can only update this one.
- Click on Update driver. Then Windows will search and install the new driver for you.
- Restart your PC for the change to take effect.
Note: You can also visit the site of the manufacturer which made your graphics card and download the latest driver from their site. They usually provide assistance when it comes to choosing the correct driver for your system.
Solution 3: Delete Your Temporary Files
This odd solution was actually well-received by the users as plenty of them confirmed that his actually solved their issue instantly. The real reason why deleting temporary files from your computer fixes this issue may remain a mystery but it’s not important if the error disappears. Follow the steps below in order to delete these files:
- Click on either the Start menu button at the left corner of the taskbar or click on the Search button right next to it. Type in “Disk cleanup” and choose it from the list of results.
- Disk cleanup will firstly scan your computer for unnecessary files and it will prompt you with the option of choosing which files do you want to delete. Click on the Temporary files option which should be located somewhere towards the end of the list.
- Click the OK button in order to proceed with the process. After the tool finishes, try recording your screen in Game Bar again.
- Click on the Start menu and type Run. Select Run. A Run dialog box will appear.
- Type “%temp%” in the run dialog box and click the OK button. This will open the Temporary files folder immediately.
- This command will open the folder that Windows has designated as your Temp folder, probably C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp.
- Select all of the files and folders you locate in the Temp folder that you want to delete. Unless you have a reason to keep some of the files (which you don’t) select them all.
- Delete the temporary files and folders you have chosen, either by using the Delete key on your keyboard or by clicking the Delete button from the Home menu.
- Click on Skip if you’re prompted with a message notifying you that the file is currently in use.
- Please wait while all of the files are deleted, which could take anywhere from a couple of seconds if you only had a handful of files in the Temp folder, or up to several minutes if you have never deleted these files before.
- Finally, locate the Recycle Bin on your Desktop screen, right-click on it, and then choose the Empty Recycle Bin option from the context menu.
- Click on OK when asked whether you are sure you want to delete these files permanently in order to remove them from your computer for good.
Solution 4: Use Several Key Combinations
This key combination is usually used in order to bring up the Game Bar while in game. This is usually not needed in order to record the game but users have reported that using this key combination repeatedly worked after a while.
- Click Windows Key + G after you have launched a game. Hopefully, an overlay window should appear saying:
Is this a game you would like to record?
- Click Yes and the screen recorder should now for all of your games.
You can also try this hotfix which worked for several users. However, this method has a flaw since you are not able to see for how long you have been recording.
- While in-game, use the Windows Key + Alt + R key combination in order to bring up the red tab which displays a counter.
- Minimize this red tab and continue playing the game.
- Your progress should be recorded.
Solution 5: Reset Game DVR Settings in the Xbox App
This is also is quick solution recommended by a user who claims this is what it took in order to fix the issue for him:
- Open the Xbox app on your computer by searching for it in the Start menu.
- Click on the three bars located at the top left corner of its window and then navigate to Settings.
- There should be 4 icons so make sure you click on the icon second to the left (the icon of a screen and a single controller).
- Disable and re-enable Game DVR and try recording your game after this.
Note: Also, try simply logging out and logging into your Xbox app since it worked for some people after they have performed most of the solutions from above.