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Set Up an Xbox 360 Controller for Windows 7/8/8.1/10

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I got my wireless xbox 360 controller lying around. And I also got pc-wireless gaming receiver for xbox 360. Previously it worked for Windows 7, but it breaks in Windows 8/8.1/10. Been searching the tutorial but still having the same issue, maybe the instruction is too complicated for me… so I decided to use my common sense and document it for everyone.

Turn out you can still use it in Windows 8/8.1 as well as Windows 10. It just need additional steps.

  1. Devices that I’m doing:
    1. Xbox 360 wireless controller
    2. 3rd-party pc-wireless gaming receiver for xbox 360
    3. Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10 (Windows 7/8/8.1 should be using the same approach)
  2. First you need to download and install the software here:
    1. http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/d/xbox-360-controller-for-windows

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    2. Make sure you choose Windows 7, and choose either 32bit or 64bit depending on your computer type.
    3. Install it accordingly.
  3. Right-Click My Computer > Properties >Device Manager

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  4. You will see Unknown Device. Right-Click > Update Driver Software

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  5. Then choose Browse my computer for driver software

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  6. Depending on where you installed the previous program, and if you computer is 32bit (x86) or 64bit (x64), but your safe bet is:
    1. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories

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    2. Check Include Subfolders
    3. Click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
  7. Scroll down until you see Xbox 360 peripherals

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  8. Then choose Xbox 360  Wireless Receiver for Windows.
    1. Choose the latest version if possible.

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    2. If you encounter a warning, just click Yes

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  9. You should be able to see a successful message

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  10. You should also able to see Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows appear in the Device Manager

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Now you are ready to play some games using your xbox 360 wireless controller! I connected my Surface Pro 3 to a bigger screen, speaker, and additional keyboard. It is just awesome!

 

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