What Is “Broadcast DVR Server” and Why Is It Running on My PC?


Look in the Task Manager on Windows 10 and you may see one or more “Broadcast DVR server” processes running. These processes have the file name bcastdvr.exe, and are part of the Windows 10 operating system.

This article is part of our ongoing series explaining various processes found in Task Manager, like Runtime Broker, svchost.exe, dwm.exe, ctfmon.exe, rundll32.exe, Adobe_Updater.exe, and many others. Don’t know what those services are? Better start reading!

What Is Broadcast DVR Server?

The Game DVR feature on Windows 10 allows you to record your PC gameplay. You can either automatically record all PC gameplay in the background (like on an Xbox One or PlayStation 4), choose to start and stop recording via the Game Bar, or broadcast your gameplay online with Microsoft’s Beam service.

The Broadcast DVR server process is associated with Windows 10’s Game DVR feature. If you use Game DVR to record your PC gameplay or broadcast it online, the bcastdvr.exe process does the work. If you don’t use Game DVR for recording, this process sits silently in the background and does nothing.

Why Is It Using So Much CPU and Memory?

If you see the Broadcast DVR server process using a noticeable amount of CPU or memory in the background, it’s likely that it’s recording your gameplay. This can happen…

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