I have been getting a few errors from the XBOX app while playing games. The error goes something like “The instruction at 0x00007CCA93F63698 referenced memory at 0x00007CCA84EF3040. The memory could not be read.”
The numbers could be different for your PC, but the error will mean the same. This shows an alert box with OK button. Clicking OK closes the game and nothing happens after that. This basically means that the games don’t run.
Since the error code shown is in reference to the memory specific to my PC, I wasn’t really able to find the culprit for its cause. I solved of course, after realizing that this was due to the XBOX DVR.
Until recently, I wasn’t even aware that this is a thing. Nevertheless, I don’t use it, and its causing issues. This is a real frustrating issue because the apps using the XBOX app integration aren’t really made to be run without it.
There is no point in uninstalling the app too because it might just get reinstalled in the next update. So, that will also remain a temporary fix. Here’s a more concrete one.
GameBarPresenceWriter Application error is caused by XBOX DVR function
It is apparent from the title that the GameBarPresenceWriter application error is caused by the DVR function in the XBOX app. It is basically an app in Windows 10 which allows you to record your gaming sessions for uploading to YouTube and alike.
The games which support it also show a small game bar during their startup.
That is how you can know if a game uses the XBOX app. These games are the same ones which have the probability to show the GameBarPresenceWriter application error on your PC. Here’s how to disable it.
- Press Windows key and type “xbox“. Open the XBOX app.
- In the XBOX app, click on the settings icon denoted by a gear.
- In the Settings, click on Game DVR. Turn it off.
That’s all you need to do. Turning the DVR off will render the recording feature useless. This will ultimately curb the GameBarPresenceWriter application error while playing games. This is at least Microsoft fixes this app.