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    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10

    How to Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10
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    07 Sep 2020
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    How to Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10


    The Game bar is a Xbox app Game DVR feature that lets you record and share game clips and screenshots in Windows 10. However, you can also use the Game bar to record, take screenshots, and broadcast any app and game in Windows 10.

    Recorded videos are saved as a .mp4 file, and screenshots are saved as a .png file. Each video and screenshot is identified with the game’s title and metadata that shows when the image was captured.

    By default, the captures are saved to your C:\Users\<username>\Videos folder, in a folder called Captures. If you like, you can move the Captures folder to another location if you don't want them saved to your C: drive.

    See also: Where are my game clips and screenshots saved in Windows 10? | Microsoft Support

    This tutorial will show you how to restore the default location of the Xbox Game DVR Captures folder for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: To Restore Default Location of Captures Folder in Properties
    • Option Two: To Restore Default Location of Captures Folder using a BAT file






    OPTION ONE

    To Restore Default Location of Captures Folder in Properties


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Gaming icon.

    2 Click/tap on Captures on the left side, and click/tap on the Open folder button on the right side to open your Captures folder at its current location. (see screenshot below)

    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-game_dvr_settings.png

    3 Right click or press and hold on an empty space in your Captures folder, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-restore_default_game_dvr_captures_folder_location-1.jpg

    4 Click/tap on the Location tab, and click/tap on the Restore Default button. (see screenshot below)

    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-restore_default_game_dvr_captures_folder_location-2.png

    5 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-restore_default_game_dvr_captures_folder_location-3.png

    6 If the "Captures" folder does not exist, then click/tap on Yes to create it. (see screenshot below)

    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-restore_default_game_dvr_captures_folder_location-4.png

    7 Click/tap on Yes to move all files from the old location to the new location. (see screenshot below)

    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-restore_default_game_dvr_captures_folder_location-5.png

    8 After a brief moment, your Captures folder will be restored to its default location (ex: "C:\Users\Brink\Videos\Captures").






    OPTION TWO

    To Restore Default Location of Captures Folder using a BAT file


    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below.

    Restore_Captures_Default_Location.bat

    Download

    Contents of .bat file for reference:

    Code:
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    
    timeout /t 2 /nobreak >nul
    
    if not exist "%UserProfile%\Videos\Captures" mkdir "%UserProfile%\Videos\Captures"
    
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v "{EDC0FE71-98D8-4F4A-B920-C8DC133CB165}" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d %%USERPROFILE%%"\Videos\Captures" /f
    
    attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Videos\Captures" /S /D
    
    timeout /t 1 /nobreak >nul
    
    start explorer.exe


    2 Save the .bat file to your desktop or where you like.

    3 Unblock the .bat file, and run the .bat file.

    4 You will now notice your screen temporarily go black as a command prompt opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    5 Copy any files you wanted from the incorrect Captures folder location into the now restored default C:\Users\<username>\Videos\Captures folder location.

    6 If you like, you can delete the incorrect Captures folder (not restored default folder).

    7 When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #1

    Hi Shawn. I was wondering why is my captures folder still empty eventhough I transfer it and also restore it to default? >< I've tried to screenshot several times but it's not inside the folder. I sent my laptop for service before this , and I transferred the photos out of my laptop. So I believe it's because of that? But I'm not really sure.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 58,455
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #2

    Hello Leyn, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    When you take a screenshot using the Game DVR (Win+G), where does it show it being saved at instead?
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,829
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #3

    Hi Shawn, in 1903 I see Captures rather than Game DVR.. I have no idea in which build this changes though. Thanks.
    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-1.png
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #4

    dalchina said:
    Hi Shawn, in 1903 I see Captures rather than Game DVR.. I have no idea in which build this changes though. Thanks.
    Thank you mate. Tutorial now updated.
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  5. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       #5

    No "Location" tab


    Hey Brink!

    Got an issue with my Captures folder. It doesn't exist.
    This is where it is pointing:
    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-cap2.png
    I have right-clicked and gone into properties on this temp folder, but there is no "Location" tab to work with.
    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-cap1.png
    I have added a "Captures" folder in the temp folder to see if it would recognize it, but that does not give me a location tab either. I also added one in Pictures and another one in Videos to see if it made a difference, and still no location tab:
    Restore Default Location of Game DVR Captures Folder in Windows 10-cap4.png

    Any advise you can offer would be great!
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 58,455
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       #6

    Hello @JakeReindl,

    I have added option 2 to the tutorial that will hopefully fix this for you.
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  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       #7

    That did it! Thanks a bunch!!!
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #8

    JakeReindl said:
    That did it! Thanks a bunch!!!
    You're most welcome.
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  9. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #9

    Brink said:
    You're most welcome.
    I have the same problem as Jake but option 2 didn't work. The command prompt opened up and said successful but it is still saving in the Temp folder.
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