Are you getting the ‘There’s Nothing to Record’ error when attempting to record footage with the Game DVR feature in Windows 10? Many Windows 10 users have reported that they have received this message. Many users have had trouble pinpointing the issue. From our experience, the exact cause of this error can often vary, so we’ve listed some of the top troubleshooting tips for the Game Bar message on Windows 10 below.
We’ll start with the simplest steps and then move to more complicated steps further on in this guide. Try each tip in order until the ‘there’s nothing to record’ game bar message no longer appears.
Fix 1: Start Your Games Directly From The Source Folder
If you’re running your games through Steam, Uplay, or another game client, you may need to try running your games directly from the source folder. Instead of opening the game through Steam, you’ll need to find the source .exe file and double click it to open the game. Follow the steps below to find the source folder for your Steam games.
- Open Windows Explorer
- Click on ‘This PC’
- Then choose on the Disk you have Steam installed to
- Click Program Files (x86)
- Find and open the Steam folder
- Open the Steamapps folder
- Open the common folder
- Find the folder for the game you’d like to play and open it
- Look for the application file within this folder and double click it to open the game
Fix 2: Run In Fullscreen Mode
Still having trouble with the Game DVR feature? Make sure your game is in fullscreen mode. How you do this will depend on what game you are playing, but in most cases you will be able to find full screen mode by opening the settings menu whilst in-game. After that, click on video options and look for an option for full screen mode.
Fix 3: Remove Temporary Files
If you still haven’t been able to fix the error, you should next try to remove your system’s temporary files. Follow the steps below to remove your temporary files.
- Open the Start Menu
- Search for ‘Settings’ and click on the settings app
- Use the search bar to search for ‘Storage.’ Click on the storage option that appears
- Click ‘This PC’
- Scroll down and find ‘Temporary files’ and click on it
- Click ‘delete temporary files’
- Once your files are deleted, restart your PC
Fix 4: Update Your Graphics Drivers
Still no luck? You may need to update your graphics card drivers. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Open the Start menu and type dxdiag in the search bar.
- Open dxdiag
- Click on the display tab
- Under Device, make note of the name. This is your graphics card name
- Next, open your internet browser and search for graphics card drivers for your graphics card
- In this example, we’d type Radeon RX 480 graphics card drivers. You may need to type something different depending on your graphics card name
- Click on the top link from either the amd or geforce website
- Go through the instructions on the website to download your drivers
- Once your drivers are downloaded, run the driver program to install them and then restart your PC
Fix 5: Remove Your Graphics Drivers and Install Them Again
Still no luck? If after a restart, you still have issues. You may need to remove your graphics card drivers completely and then install them again. Follow the steps below to remove your graphics card drivers.
- Open the start menu
- Type for ‘Device manager’ and open the program that appears in the search results
- Open the display adapters section
- Right click your graphics card and click uninstall
Once your drivers have been uninstalled, restart your PC and then follow the steps listed in the previous section.
Fix 6: Try Using the Game DVR Shortcut
The default game record shortcut is Windows+G, but if that doesn’t work, you can use an alternative shortcut. Try pressing Windows Key + Alt + R together. By default, this option will record 30 seconds of gameplay. If you want to record, you’ll need to go into the settings menu for game bar in the Xbox program.
Fix 7: Change the Shortcut
If the Game DVR recording still isn’t working, we have one more suggestion for you. This tip will allow you to change the keyboard shortcut to enable to the game recording feature. Follow the steps below.
- Press the Windows Key on your keyboard
- Type Xbox and open the Xbox app that appears
- Wait for the Xbox app to load
- Click on the settings app found on the panel on the left side of the Xbox app
- Once in the settings screen, click on ‘Game DVR’
- Make sure the switch is switched to the ‘on’ position
- Edit the shortcuts that appear to your preference
Did our troubleshooting guide help you to fix the ‘There’s nothing to record’ game bar message? We hope it’s helped!