Windows 10 auto-enabled GameDVR last week - here’s how to turn it off and save your frames | PCGamesN

Windows 10 auto-enabled GameDVR last week - here’s how to turn it off and save your frames

Update August 20, 2016: A Microsoft engineer has confirmed that GameDVR is enabled by default, but that it shouldn't be running unless in use.

The engineer, referring to himself simply as JohnMSFT in response to a Reddit thread sharing our report, also says there is a team currently looking into fps drops in Battlefield 4, CS:GO, Dota 2, Diablo 3, League of Legends and World of Warcraft since the Anniversary Update.

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As well as offering some internal tech support to provide steps to disable GameDVR for good, John also requested any users who have experienced frame drops or lag since the Anniversary Update to get in touch and let them know the measures users took to remove GameDVR originally. If you had this issue and have since resolved it, maybe drop into that thread before it locks and let John know what you did, including any registry trickery you got up to, or whether you uninstalled the Xbox App before the update.

Original story: Last week saw one of Windows 10’s largest updates yet with the 1607 patch, aka the Anniversary Update. Along with the usual sweep of fixes, security updates and rebooting your PC in the middle of a work day, it also auto-enabled Microsoft’s Xbox-powered Shadowplay-like recording software GameDVR. While this is useful if you have both an omni-powered PC and plan on sharing clips quite regularly, it could be causing some major stutter. Particularly affected seem to be Valve’s games.

You’ll need a Microsoft account to disable it the normal way, which goes like this:

  • Open Xbox app, you can access it via the start menu search.
  • Sign in - this should be automatic if you normal sign into Windows.
  • The cog in the bottom left access the settings menu.
  • Head to GameDVR at the top and turn it off.

If you’ve found you’re experiencing framerate issues in the last week, that should help it. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can disable it using the registry. Via the Dota 2 subreddit, here’s how - and a small reminder that making a Microsoft account is probably easier and less risky.

  • Open Registry Editor (Run > regedit)
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\System\GameConfigStore
  • Set the value of DWORD "GameDVR_Enabled" to 0
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\
  • Create key "GameDVR"
  • Create DWORD 32bit called "AllowgameDVR" and set to 0

That same thread also points out Nvidia cards have been having particular trouble, and there’s a new driver been released today. It’s game ready for a lot of this month’s big releases, including No Man’s Sky, Deus Ex and F1 2016, so get it downloaded via the Geforce Experience app or their site directly.

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B0GiE-uk- avatar*sigh* avatarBelimawr avatar0V3RKILL avatarJMiles2 avatargregklmt avatar
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1 Year ago

Particularly affected seem to be Valve’s games. Huh funny that.

Who was the tin foil hat wearer not long ago.

Well theres plenty of M$ 10 suckers out there.

But hey its ok, The, "until they come for you", phrase comes to mind.

Belimawr Avatar
1 Year ago

funny how they said it would target steam, yet it has only affected Valve games that all run a common engine, now it couldn't be a problem with optimisation of the Valve game engine now could it? it has to be some conspiracy where MS is trying take down steam by targeting the games of one of the smaller developers on Steam, because let's face it since HL2 and the Orange Box Valves game making has been somewhat lacking compared to most other "large" developers.

B0GiE-uk- Avatar
1 Year ago

Wonder if this will fix the stuttering in Star Wars Battlefront?

0V3RKILL Avatar
1 Year ago

not in my case. I don't seem to find any of the places where they say it is. Inside GameConfigStore I have parents and child folder and inside its just folders with numbers. I also have not notice any drop in frames lately.

Belimawr Avatar
1 Year ago

DVR has nothing to do with VR, it's the microsoft version of Shadowplay.

JMiles2 Avatar
1 Year ago

> "That same thread also points out Nvidia cards have been having particular trouble, and there’s a new driver been released today."

Which doesn't fix a lot of the flickering and frame rate issues that plague many users according to a long Reddit thread and threads on the Nvidia forum.

gregklmt Avatar
1 Year ago

after that upbate, every time i try to play dota 2, my laptop crashes completely. not even alt+tab or ctrl+alt+del works and i have to turn it off manually by the power button. is there anything i can do? already reinstalled dota 2 and upgrated the graphs card. thnx for ur help