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2 Ways to Change Max Recording Length for Game Bar in Windows 11

June 27th, 2024 by Admin

Is there a way to record more than 2 hours with the Game Bar? Game Bar is a built-in system component which allows you to capture videos while playing games. You can press the Windows logo key + Alt + R together to start (or stop) recording of your game. By default, you can record up to 2 hours and recordings will automatically turn off after 2 hours. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to change the max recording length for Game Bar in Windows 11.

Method 1: Change Max Recording Length for Game Bar via Settings App

  1. Press the Windows logo key + I together to bring up the Settings app. Choose Gaming on the left-navigation menu and then click Captures on the right pane.

  2. Under the “Recording preferences” section, click the drop-down list next to “Max recording length” and you can select 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours or 4 hours for your own purpose.

    Notes: The built-in Game Bar has a maximum recording length of 4 hours. If you need to record for longer duration, try using third-party screen recording software without time limit.

Method 2: Change Max Recording Length for Game Bar via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and browse to the location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GameDVR, and then double-click the QWORD MaximumRecordLength on the right pane. If it doesn’t exist, you need to create it manually.

  2. In the “Edit QWORD (64-bit) Value” box, select the Decimal option firstly, and then type one of the following values in the Value data field, and click OK. For instance, if you desired maximum recording length is 4 hours, then input 144000000000 instead.

    • 4 hours: 144000000000
    • 2 hours: 72000000000
    • 1 hours: 36000000000
    • 30 minutes: 18000000000
  3. Close Registry Editor.

That’s it.

Fix: BitLocker activates automatically on fresh installation of Windows 11

June 6th, 2024 by Admin

Nowadays, more and more computers come with Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which is a tiny chip required for turning on BitLocker disk encryption. No matter if you prefer to enable BitLocker or not, Windows 11 may automatically activate it during the fresh installation. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 methods to prevent Windows 11 from automatically activating BitLocker during a clean install.

Method 1: Prevent BitLocker Automatic Activation During Installation

If you just got a brand new Windows 11 PC or you’re performing a clean install, it’s easy to prevent BitLocker automatic activation before the out-of-box experience (OOBE).

  1. On the first page of the out-of-the-box experience (OOBE), Windows 11 setup will ask you to choose a language. Just press the SHIFT + F10 keyboard shortcut to launch Command Prompt.

  2. Type regedit and press Enter.

  3. Use the left pane of Registry Editor to navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\BitLocker. In the right pane, right-click the blank area and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  4. Name the newly-created DWORD PreventDeviceEncryption, and then double-click it and set its value data to 1. Click OK.

  5. Close Registry Editor and then quit Command Prompt, proceed to select your language, keyboard layout and go through the setup process. BitLocker device encryption will not start automatically.

Method 2: Prevent BitLocker Automatic Activation Before Installation

If you plan to do a clean install of Windows 11, you can create a Windows 11 installation USB which contains a predefined setting (unattend.xml) to explicitly disable BitLocker automatic device encryption. Follow these steps:

  1. Before getting started, download the free USB bootable creator utility Rufus. When Rufus is opened, select your USB device and choose your Windows 11 installation ISO image, and then click START.

  2. When the the Windows User Experience window opens, check the “Disable BitLocker automatic device encryption” option and click OK. The program will format your USB drive and prepare the files.

  3. When done, you can use the USB drive to perform a clean install of Windows 11 without automatically activating BitLocker device encryption.

That’s it!