How to Record Screen on Windows 10 Without Xbox Game Bar or any software

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If you have issue with Xbox Game Bar and want to record screen and audio on Windows 10 without it or any other unknown software, you can try to use NVIDIA Share (formerly known as NVIDIA Shadowplay). NVIDIA Shadowplay is a part of NVIDIA Geforce Experience – a must-have companion app for NVIDIA graphic card users.

Nvidia Shadowplay allows you to quickly record your screen and sound, and save it as a video file on your PC. It is commonly used among gamers for quick gameplay clips capturing. It also allows desktop capturing, which most other screen recording software including Xbox Game Bar don’t.

How to Record Screen on Windows 10 with NVIDIA Shadowplay

The following guide requires you to have NVIDIA Geforce Experience installed. You can download it from here (NVIDIA official site). Once you have Geforce Experience installed, follow the steps below to record your screen.

  1. While you’re in the app or game you would like to record, press Alt + Z key to open NVIDIA Shadowplay overlay.
  2. Click on Record, then Start to start recording. You can hide the overlay by pressing ALT + Z key again and continue doing your stuffs or play the game while it’s recording.
    • Another quicker way to do this is by pressing ALT + F9 keys to start recording right away in your game or app without bringing up the Shadowplay overlay.

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  3. To stop recording, press ALT + Z to open the overlay and then click Record > Stop and save.
    • Or by pressing ALT + F9 keys to stop recording without opening the overlay.

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  4. The recorded videos will then be saved as a MP4 video file in a folder with the game’s name in “This PC > Videos“. For example, if you were screen recording league of legends, the recorded video will be saved onto “This PC > Videos > League of Legends“.
      • If it’s not a game and you couldn’t find the folder with the name of the app you were recording, try the “This PC > Videos > Desktop” folder.
      • Another method to locate the recorded video is by going back to Shadowplay overlay (ALT + Z), and click on the “Gallery” button. Under Recent Items, click on your recorded video, then click on “Open file location” button.

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That’s it! You’ve successfully recorded your first video of your screen in Windows 10 using Shadowplay. Below are some additional tips about what else you can do with Shadowplay.

How to change the quality, resolution and frame rate of video recorded by Shadowplay?

To tweak the settings of video capture, press ALT + Z to open Shadowplay overlay. Click on Record > Settings. From there you can select a general quality for video recording – Low, Medium, High or Custom if you would like to select your own Bit rate.

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The “In-game” resolution will tell Shadowplay to record the screen with resolution according to your game/app. Selecting other resolutions (1080p, 1440p, 2k or 4k) will force the recording to up-size or down-size your original capturing to the selected resolution, which usually ends up with poor quality video and is not recommended.

How to record last X minutes using Shadowplay’s Instant Replay?

Instant Replay is an amazingly useful features that makes Shadowplay a better game screen recorder than many others. It allows you to record and save only the last X minutes of your screen, so you wouldn’t miss out any highlight ever again. Here’s how it works.

How to save last X minutes of screen recording with Instant Replay

Turn on Instant Replay in Shadowplay overlay by clicking on Instant Replay > Turn On. When it’s on, Shadowplay will record your screen continuously. When you hit the ALT + F10 keys, it will save the last X minutes of whatever happened on your screen as a video in the “This PC > Videos > Desktop” folder. You can set the “X” period of time in the Instant Replay > Settings. Under “Instant Replay Length“, you can select as minimum as 0.25 minute, up to 30 minutes of recording.

Don’t worry about the continuous recording though. Shadowplay will smartly overwrite recorded data that is older than certain period of time and will not occupy any space if no video is saved.

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