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





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:


    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


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


  5. Then choose Browse my computer for driver software


  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


    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


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


    2. If you encounter a warning, just click Yes


  9. You should be able to see a successful message


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


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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