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How to Fix “Cannot Uninstall Xbox Game Bar” Issue in Windows

The Xbox game bar is Windows built-in app that is frequently utilized to monitor the gaming experience. It is the gaming Overlay that functions with the user’s games. It supports many gadgets that are used for different purposes, such as monitoring the gaming experience by capturing video and screenshots, checking performance and hanging out with friends through chat, and many more.

The Xbox game bar is mostly used by gamers. However, not every Windows user is a gamer and play games. If you belong to the same category, then you may not need to have an Xbox game bar on Windows. In such a situation, go for the uninstallation of the Xbox Game bar which sometimes encounters issues.

This post will demonstrate how to fix the “Cannot Uninstall Xbox Game Bar” issue on Windows.

How to Fix the “Uninstall Xbox Game Bar” Issue in Windows?

Sometimes Windows users may face problems while uninstalling the Xbox Game Bar due to the “Uninstall” button being disabled:

To resolve the specified problem, we have listed some methods that will be effective enough:

Solution 1: Uninstall Xbox Game Bar from Apps & features Settings

Uninstallation of Programs can be done through different methods, such as using Control Panel, Apps & features, and from CLI (command line interface). However, Windows built-in applications may not uninstall easily.

To uninstall Xbox Game Bar or any other Windows application, go through the given steps.

Step 1: Open Windows Settings
First, open the ‘Windows Settings’ by searching “Settings” in the Start menu:

Step 2: Visit “Apps & features” Settings
Next, navigate to “Apps & features” settings under the “Apps” settings panel:

Step 3: Uninstall Xbox Game Bar
Scroll down and find the Xbox Game bar app. After that, click on the below highlighted “Three dots” menu icon:

Then, uninstall the application by hitting the “Uninstall” option:

Note: Some users may find the “Uninstall” option is disabled and this method may not work for them. For this purpose, utilize the below-given solution and remove Xbox Game Bar from PowerShell.

Solution 2: Uninstall Xbox Game Bar from Windows PowerShell

PowerShell is a widely used Microsoft Program that helps administrative users in task automation and configuring services through the command line. To uninstall the Xbox Game Bar from PowerShell commands, check out the listed steps.

Step 1: Launch PowerShell
Launch the PowerShell as Administrator from the Windows Start menu:

Step 2: Check Xbox Packages
Check the Xbox packages by utilizing the provided command. Here:

  • dism” is a command line utility that manages, controls, and services the Windows image. It is used to get all ProvisionedAppxPackages.
  • |” is a pipe operator that sends the output of the command to the next command (as an input):
  • Select-String” command selects the packages based on a specified string. For instance, here the first “Select-String” command gets the “PackageName” package from the input. The second command will get the “xbox” packages from fetched packages name:
dism /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | Select-String PackageName | Select-String xbox

Step 3: Remove Xbox Game Bar
To uninstall the Xbox Game bar app, run the provided command:

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage

This command will get the “Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay” package and send it to the “Remove” command through the “|” pipe operator. The “Remove” command will then uninstall or remove the “Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay” package from the system:

For the verification, search for Xbox Game Bar in the Start menu and check if the application is uninstalled or not:

Alternatively, users can check the “Apps & features” setting and verify if the application is uninstalled or not. Here, you can see we have uninstalled the Xbox Game Bar from Windows:

That’s all about resolving the “Cannot uninstall Xbox Game Bar” issue on Windows.


To resolve the Xbox Game Bar uninstallation issue, utilize the “Apps & features” setting and uninstall the Xbox Game Bar app. This app can also be uninstalled using Windows PowerShell. To do so, open the PowerShell as an administrator, and execute the “Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage” command. This blog has provided two solutions to resolve the “cannot uninstall Xbox Game Bar” issue in Windows.

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