Microsoft’s Xbox Game Bar is crashing with error 0x803F8001

Xbox Game Bar for Windows 10 is full of useful features

including a new resources monitor and it works really
well.  However, a recent server-side update is crashing
the Game Bar with error 0x803F8001.

The latest Windows 10 bug is going as far as blocking some
users from accessing the Game Bar and its services. Several
users have reached out to us and they reported the following
error message:

Xbox Game Bar is currently not available in your account.
Make sure you are signed in to the Store and try again. Here’s
the error code, in case you need it: 0x803F8001.

Growing threads on Microsoft’s forum and Twitter confirm that
something is wrong with Xbox Game Bar and users are reporting
the problem for more than 10 hours at this point, but Microsoft
has yet to acknowledge the outage.

Xbox Game Bar 0x803F8001

Error 0x803F8001 when launching Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10

Xbox Game Bar error 0x803F8001 is a result of a server-side
change made on November 5 and it’s still affecting users across
the world. The exact cause is unclear and it only affects
Windows 10 version 1809 or newer. Also, only some users are
getting the above error.

“I keep getting this message every time I attempt to open Xbox
Game Bar on Windows 10,” one user
noted in a Reddit discussion, and others have confirmed the
outage as well.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy fix for those who are unable to
access Xbox Game due to error code 0x803F8001.

Some have suggested that turning off the Game Bar and Microsoft
Store notifications will address the problem temporarily. To
turn off Game Bar, simply follow these steps:

  • Open Settings > Gaming and turn off the Game Bar.
    Turn off Game Bar
  • Open Settings > Notifications and turn off notifications
    for the Microsoft Store.

You can also uninstall the Game Bar and reinstall it from the
Microsoft Store using a PowerShell command, but this will not
resolve the problem. This is because the Game Bar is integrated
into Windows 10 Settings and removing the app isn’t enough.

If you’re unable to access Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10, waiting
for Microsoft to acknowledge the outage seems to be the only
option at the moment. Most likely, Windows 10 maker will roll
out a quick fix for this issue later today given how widespread
the problem seems to be.

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