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How to Record Screen on Windows 10 without Xbox

Vanessa Chiang Updated on Jun 30, 2021|   min read

Xbox Game Bar has brought a free screen recorder to Windows 10 users. The recorder is pre-installed on your Windows 10 PC, providing basic yet useful service to you. To some degree, this free recorder is convenient, but some of its restrictions determine Xbox is not a perfect choice. So how to record Windows 10 without Xbox?

Today, this post will introduce the best screen recorder for windows 10 to viewers and explain their unique features to you. Please proceed and find your favorite windows 10 screen recorder.

Can I Record Screen On Windows 10 Without Xbox Game Bar

Xbox is not a perfect solution for most gamers because of the limitations listed below:

Firstly, it has a time limitation of 4 hours. Secondly, it is not an integral game recorder since it's not embedded with an editor. Thirdly, it produces videos with bad-quality audio. The most disappointing part of the Xbox Game Bar is that it causes significant FPS loss and system slowdown to your games.

Is there a way to record on Windows 10 without using Xbox? The answer is optimistic, and the approach is obvious - users have to use other recorders on Windows 10. Now here are 6 optimum recorders we collect for you. Let's get straight to them.

xbox game bar windows 10

Windows 10 Free Screen Recorders List

3 free and qualified Game Bar alternatives will be introduced in this part to help you screen record on Windows 10 without Xbox Game Bar.

Nvidia Share [The Smoothest Game Recorder]

Nvidia screen recorder actually is a recording function called Nvidia Share (also known as Nvidia Shadow Play), a part of Geforce Experience on Nvidia graphics card.

This recording function is similar to Xbox Game Bar - No need to download and install it, and it is designed for capturing games. As a default recorder, you can have access to Nvidia Share for free if you are using an Nvidia graphics card.

This game recorder is designed specifically for recording games. Some of its features are nowhere to find. The FPS counter, the ability to work on the background, the function to accelerate with graphics card and hardware, etc. I can't emphasize too much that you shall not miss the recorder if you are a user of Nvidia graphics cards.

nvidia screen recorder windows 10

Nvidia Share Features:

  • Save the last 5 minutes of gameplay
  • Provide a window that helps you monitor the latencies and FPS
  • Record with a webcam and capture your narration
  • Run in the background, won't affect your recording
  • No time limit If you're using Windows 8 or later
  • Bring little burden to CPU
  • Bring negligible FPS drop to your games

VLC Media Player [An Underestimated Media Player]

VLC Media Player is the second free recorder for you if you want to screen record on Windows 10 without Xbox. This recorder is not as simple as it seems. It can convert MP4 to MP3, transfer files, stream videos/audios on the Internet, and even record screen.

The flaw of VLC is that it lacks out-of-box solutions for users. You can record screen with this program, but you have to find the right path among its numerous options. So if you are not that familiar to VLC, this approach to record Windows 10 with audio might not suit you.

vlc screen recorder windows 10

VLC Media Player Features:

  • Convert MP4 to MP3
  • Download streaming videos and audios
  • Record screen for free
  • Record with a webcam
  • Clean and uncluttered interfaces

OBS Studio [The Most Professional Open Source Recorder]

OBS Studio is famous on a global scale. It's free yet powerful software that is essential to gamers who would like to stream and record gameplay clips. This recording software has a lot of things worth mentioning: It provides various features, supports multiple platforms, imposes a little burden on the CPU and your system, etc.

Another worth mentioning merit of OBS Studio is its ability to produce high-quality videos with high-quality sounds, which proves its ability to replace Xbox in doing screen record on Windows 10 with audio.

obs recors screen windows 10

OBS Studio Features:

  • Audio capture, multi-screen recording, screen recording, and picture-in-picture Mode
  • Record in full-screen, custom-area, and record with a webcam
  • Game Mode, Screenshot function
  • Broadcast stream to YouTube, Mixer, and multiple platforms
  • Numerous options that are apt for advanced users
  • Multiple video sources filters

Windows 10 Most Professional Screen Recorders List

Professional screen recorders are reliable due to their stable performance to record audio and video. But given that there are so many products on the Internet, this part only involves some of the most distinguished recorders. With them, you can record the screen on windows 10 without Xbox easily.

EaseUS RecExperts for Windows [The Most Versatile Screen Recorder]

This screen recorder's strengths lie in its multiple recording modes and profound setting options. It allows users to capture games and other on-screen activities. Users are enabled to record in full screen and custom area, record with a webcam, and create audio-only videos.

Besides, this recording software's easy and intuitive overlays suit for both amateur users, or advanced users.

EaseUS RecExperts Features:

  • Record full-screen video with system sound, audio
  • Record games with 60 FPS
  • Support multiple output formats
  • Bring negligible burden to your system
  • Work on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts. There are two different options for screen recording, i.e., "Full Screen" and "Region". If you select "Full Screen", you will capture the whole screen.

mainscreen of EaseUS RecExperts

Step 2. If you select the "Region" option, this software will ask you to customize the recording area. Make sure that everything you want to capture is within the bounds of the select box.

record part of screen

Step 3.  Tap on the button at the bottom left side of the main interface, and there will be many options you can select. This recorder supports recording microphone and system sound separately or simultaneously. The "Options" button is for you to adjust the volume and microphone device.

full screen mode sound souce

Step 4. If you want to record the webcam simultaneously, click on the "Webcam" icon at the bottom of the interface. Tap on the button to enable the webcam recording, and there will be a drop-down menu to select the recording device. Click on "OK" to confirm your settings.

full screen mode and webcam

Step 5. When you turn back to the main interface, click on the "REC" button to start recording. A floating toolbar offers you buttons to pause or stop the recording during the recording process. In addition, the camera icon can be used to take screenshots, and the timer icon can help you stop recording automatically.

video list of EaseUS RecExperts

Step 6. The recorded video clips will be saved on your computer. When the media player appears, you will see a set of tools you can use to trim the recordings, extract audio, and add opening title & closing credits to the recorded video.

edit recorded video

Bandicam [The Best Paid Game Recorder with 480 FPS]

Bandicam dominates the screen recorders' field because of its unique ability to provide up to 480 FPS to users. Although this parameter is less important for ordinary users, for gamers it means everything. FPS smoothness, response speed, and resistance to latency are all determined by FPS. It is more understandable to say that the higher your FPS is, the better game clips you can get. However, until now, Bandicam is not available for Mac users. If you happen to be a Mac user, please check out this Bandicam alternative list to find other qualified recorders.

bandicam for windows 10

Bandicam Features:

  • Record games with up to 480 FPS
  • An enhanced capture function for Windows 8 (and higher) users
  • Add watermark to your videos
  • Take screenshot during games
  • Support HDMI recording
  • Record with a webcam

Snagit [Screen Recorder with The Best Screenshot Editor]

Snagit is another type of Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar alternative. Unlike Bandicam or OBS Studio, it is not designed for recording games, as a matter of fact, it is even not loaded with a game mode. This is odd since literally every recorder on the market has this mode.

The unique feature Snagit boasts of is its screenshot editor, which allows users to add graphics and text to their screenshots and edit pictures' width and length. You can also blur an area on your picture so others will not see it.

An interesting thing about Snagit is that if you desire a screen recorder with a good video editor, another product of TechSmith (Snagit's company) will satisfy you, and it is Camtasia. So if you are a fan of the picture editor, Camtasia is also a good choice.

snagit screen recorder windows 10

Snagit Features:

  • Screen record on PC and Mobile phones
  • Edit images by combining and resizing them
  • Provide a library for Callouts, Shapes, Stamps, and Text
  • Record with a webcam
  • Simple video editing function - trimming
  • Share options for YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, Email


This post generally explains why Xbox Game Bar is not an ideal solution for Windows 10 users. Later, six practical alternatives are offered for those who don't want to screen record windows 10 with Xbox.

There is no denying that professional recorders are always better than free recorders. And among all the paid recorders, EaseUS RecExperts will be the right one to bring convenience and great features to meet your demands if you do not pursue extreme video techniques.

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author Vanessa Chiang

Vanessa Chiang

With the interest in English writing and computer technology, Vanessa chose to be an editor in EaseUS. She is professional in video and audio topics, including video & audio editing, converting, and recording. Vanessa will keep writing to help people solve problems.

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