Gaming features aren’t available for the windows desktop or file explorer Fix

We know that gaming features are also available for Windows users. We can see the Xbox game bar, game mode, etc in Windows as well. They are used to capture the videos, screen recording, or overall game experience. But a few users face issues while trying to use the Gaming features in their Windows system. The error says, “Gaming features are not available for the windows desktop”. This does not mean the feature itself is not present, the issue can be because of Xbox game bar settings, not using the latest updates, using misconfigured or corrupted Xbox app, corrupted files, etc. In this article let us see the different methods by which one can solve this particular issue.


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Method 1: Enable Game DVR

 

Step 1: Open the windows settings using Windows + I keys together

Step 2: Click on Gaming

 

Gaming

 

Step 3: From the left click on the Captures

 

Captures

 

Step 4: Under Background recording section, click on the toggle bar below Record in the background while I’m playing a game to enable it

 

Record

 

Step 5: Now relaunch the Game bar and check if the issue is solved.

Method 2: Enable Xbox Game Bar

 

Step 1: Open the windows settings using Windows + I keys together

Step 2: Click on Gaming

 

Gaming

 

Step 3: From the left click on the Xbox Game bar

 

Xbox Gmaebar

 

Step 4: Enable (a blue color should be present) the Xbox game bar by clicking on the toggle bar below it

 

Enable Xbox

Method 3: Reset Xbox Game Bar

 


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Step 1: Open the windows settings using Windows + I keys together

Step 2: Click on Apps

Apps

 

Step 3: By default Apps & features window will open. Under Apps & features section, find Xbox Game bar and click on it

Step 4: Click on the Advanced options

 

Advanced Options

 

Step 5: Scroll down and click on Repair. Once the repair process is complete check if the problem is solved. If not then follow the below step.

 

Repair

 

Step 6: Click on Reset button in the same page below. A pop up will appear asking for confirmation, click on reset

 

Reset

 

Step 7: Wait for the reset process to complete and check if the issue is solved.

Method 4: Turn On Game Mode

 

Step 1: Open the windows settings using Windows + I keys together

Step 2: Click on Gaming

 

Gaming

 

Step 3: From the left click on the Game Mode

 

Game Mode

 

Step 4: On the right side, click on the toggle bar below game mode to enable it

 

Game Mode Enable

 

Step 5: Close the settings window and check if the issue is solved.

Method 5: Add The Windows Media Pack To Windows 10 N

 

Step 1: Open the browser and go to the Microsoft support link to download “Media feature pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10”

Step 2: Click on the Download button

 

Download

 

Step 3: Choose the downloadable file according to your system requirement either 32-bit or 64-bit. Here, I will choose 64-bit, as my pc is 64 bit.

 

64 Bit

 

Step 4: Then click on Next at the right side

 

Next

 

Step 5: Once the file is downloaded, double click on the downloaded .exe file to install it.

Step 6: Follow the on screen instructions to complete the installation process. Then restart the system and check if the issue is resolved.

Method 6: If There Are Any Latest Windows Updates Install Them

 

Step 1: Open the windows settings using Windows + I keys together

Step 2: Click on Update & Security

Update Security

 

Step 3: By default, Windows Update page will open. On the right side click on Check for updates button

 

Check Updates

 

Step 4: If they are any updates it will install them. Then restart the system and check if there is no error.

 

Method 7: Update Xbox Game Bar App

 

Step 1: Open the Microsoft Store by clicking on the Windows Start button at the bottom left corner of the display screen.

Step 2: From the appeared list scroll down and find for Microsoft Store app and click on it

 

Microsoft Store

 

Step 3: At the bottom left, click on Library. This will navigate you to the update & downloads page

 

Library

 

Step 4: Now search for the Xbox Game Bar and click on Update button, if there is any updates to apply

Step 5: Restart the system and check if the issue is solved.

Method 8: Run SFC and DISM Commands

 

Step 1: Open the command prompt as an administrator. To do that type cmd in the windows search and hold Ctrl + Shift keys together and hit enter.

Step 2: A user account control window will open, click on yes.

Step 3: Copy the below command and paste it in the command prompt then hit enter

sfc /scannow

 

Sfc

 

Step 4: Once the execution is done, copy the below command and paste it in the command prompt then hit enter.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

 

Restore

 

Step 5: Once the execution is done, check if it resolved the issue.

Method 9: Launch The Xbox Game Bar Using Microsoft Store App

A few users believe that when Xbox game bar is opened using Microsoft Store app, it will work as expected. Though this might not be the ideal solution for the problem, it is worth giving a try.

Step 1: Open the Microsoft Store App, by clicking on the Windows Start button at the bottom left corner of the display screen.

Step 2: From the appeared list scroll down and find for Microsoft Store app and click on it

 

Microsoft Store

 

Step 3: In the opened Microsoft Store app, type Xbox Game bar in the search box at the top and hit enter.


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Xbox

 

Step 4: From the appeared list click on the best match and click on open. Now check if the gaming app has all the features in it and working as expected.

 

Method 10: Reinstall Xbox Game Bar

 

Step 1: Press Windows + X keys together

Step 2: In the appeared list click on Windows PowerShell (Admin) to open the PowerShell as an administrator

 

Powershell

 

Step 3: Copy the below command and paste it in the in PowerShell window then hit enter

get-appxpackage *Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay* | remove-appxpackage

 

Remove

 

Step 4: This will remove the Xbox game bar

Step 5: To re-install it, open the Microsoft Store by clicking on the Windows Start button at the bottom left corner of the display screen.

Step 6: From the appeared list scroll down and find for Microsoft Store app and click on it

 

Microsoft Store

 

Step 7: In the opened Microsoft Store app, type Xbox Game bar in the search box at the top and hit enter.

 

Xbox

 

Step 8: Click on Get to install it. Now check if the issue is solved.

Get

 

 


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That’s it! I hope this article is helpful and let us know which of the above method you applied to make it work. Thank you!!

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