I've been using the Windows gamebar for some time now, but I only have one problem with it. It seems that some games aren't detected by it, or they are but it is not brought up properly. With some games, the only way to get it to appear is by running said games in windowed or non-fullscreen mode. As soon as I switch back to fullscreen on these games, the gamebar no longer works.

Other games will simply dim/flash a couple of times when I press the gamebar hotkey weather it be from the keyboard or Xbox One controller. Why does the gamebar not respond fully on some games, and why can't I manually add games to the reckognized games list?

I've done some digging online, but most of what I've found isn't very useful. I found the official Microsoft troubleshooting guide here.

So, in conclusion:

Why doesn't the gamebar seem to work for most games?


Can I manually configure the gamebar games list?

  • I wish this question had an answer... :( Commented May 16, 2018 at 4:48

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This was fixed for me by updating to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17723, but I understand if you don't want to do that.

Screenshot from Windows Blogs


  • I might give this a try, although I haven't tried the games I've had issues with after recently updating and re-installing Windows 10. If the problems persist, then I may just join the insider program. Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 13:59
  • What games are you having problems with? Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 14:20
  • Quite a few. The original Halo is the only one I can recall. I no longer have a GPU, so I can't go back to find out precisely which ones they are... Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 23:37
  • Game bar is really slow to show up on some games for me as well (including Minecraft and Fortnite). I recently updated to Build 17738, so it might be fixed already. Didn't check though. Commented Aug 16, 2018 at 5:13

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