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Steps to Set up a Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller for Windows

by Wendy Murphy Tech Consultant
On many Windows PC, you can use an Xbox controller to play games instead of using a keyboard and mouse. Easily, you can install a wired Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for your Windows PC, provided a USB port is available to connect it.



In here, you will get to know how you can connect your wired Xbox 360 controller to your PC for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10.

Note: You can follow the below-given instructions only if you have the Microsoft Xbox 360 wired controller. So, if you have an Xbox One controller, you need to follow a different set of instructions.

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How to Set up the Wired Xbox 360 Controller on Windows 10?

Follow the below-given steps for the installation of the wired controller on your Windows 10:

  • At first, plug in the Xbox 360 controller to any one of the provided USB ports on your PC.
  • Automatically, Windows 10 will install the drivers for your Xbox 360 controller. That means, there is no need to downloading or install any software, but make sure to update your Windows 10 to the latest version. Once you will get a notification regarding the installed drivers, your controller is ready to use.
  • Now, open any game or your Xbox application to test your Microsoft Xbox 360 controller. Press any button or pull a trigger, or try moving your controller stick to ensure it is working properly.

Note:

  • In case your Xbox 360 controller is not detected by your Windows PC, try to plug in the controller to a different port and re-test it.
  • If the controllers are not working, make sure you have updated your Windows 10 to the last available update. Once again, attempt updating your Windows and try again.
  • Sometimes, you need to configure your Xbox 360 controller in a different way for a specific game. For this, refer to the game documentation for more information.

How to Set up the Wired Xbox 360 Controller on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?

For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, the drivers are installed by default. You only need to plug in your controller to the USB port and wait for the driver to self-install.

In case you face any problem with the drivers, install the software on your controller for your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 via Windows 7 compatibility mode. For this, follow these stepwise instructions:

Step 1: Install the Controller Software for Your Windows

  • First, visit Xbox 360 Wired Controller for Windows.
  • In here, scroll down to locate the software and click on the 'Downloads' option. Next, you need to select the version of Windows 7 as per your computer's processor:
            * Windows 7 (32-bit only)
            * Windows 7 (64-bit only)
  • In the drop-down list of 'Languages', click on the operating system language.
  • Next, you need to select the link of software given below the 'Languages' list.
  • Save this file.
  • Go to the downloads location on your system and right-click on this downloaded file. From the drop-down list, select the 'Properties' option.
  • Navigate to the compatibility tab and select the checkbox, available next to 'Run the program in the compatibility mode.' From the drop-down list, select 'Windows 7.'
  • 'Apply' the changes and then, click 'OK' for confirmation.
  • Now, run the program by double-clicking on it. The Accessories Setup program of Xbox 360 will install all the essential files on your PC. Upon completion, it may ask you to restart your system.

Step 2: Connect Your Wired Microsoft Xbox 360 to Your PC

Plug in your Xbox controller to either USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on your PC.

Step 3: Test Your Controller

  • At first, open the dialog box of your Game Controller.
  • For Windows 8: Click on the 'Start' menu and in the search box, type 'joy.cpl'. From the list of the search result, select 'joy.cpl'.
  • Click on Xbox 360 Controller and select the 'Properties' option.
  • Either press a button, pull a trigger or try to move the stick of your controller to test your wired Microsoft Xbox 360 controller.
  • In case your Xbox 360 controller is not detected by your Windows PC, try to plug in the controller to a different port and re-test it.
  • Sometimes, you need to configure your Xbox 360 controller in a different way for a specific game. For this, refer to the game documentation for more information.


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How to Set up the Wired Xbox 360 Controller on Windows 7?

Step 1: Install the Controller Software for Your Windows

There are two ways to install your Xbox 360 wired controller software for Windows.

Note: You can connect a standard Xbox 360 controller to your Windows PC using a USB port but before that, you need to install the drivers for the controller.

Installation of the Drivers Using a CD:

Follow these steps to install the software on your Xbox 360 controller with an installation CD:

  • At first, insert the installation CD in the CD or DVD drive on your PC. Automatically, the setup program will begin. In case it doesn't begin, go to the CD or DVR drive to run the program.
  • Once the setup screen appears, select the 'Install' option.
  • The Accessories Setup program of Xbox 360 will install all the essential files on your PC.

Note: Upon completion, your computer may get a prompt to restart your system.

Installation of the Drivers by Downloading a Software:

Follow the below-given steps to install the software on your Xbox 360 controller with the downloaded software:

  • First, visit Xbox 360 Wired Controller for Windows.
  • In here, you will see the product listing option. Click on the 'Downloads' option.
  • Under the 'Software and Drivers' option, select your Windows version (7, XP or Vista) and from the drop-down menu, choose your language.
  • Next, you need to select the link of software, given just below the 'Languages' list.
  • Locate the downloaded '.exe' file and click on 'Yes' to approve the installation.
  • Select the 'Run' option and Xbox 360 program will begin installing all the essential files on your PC. Upon completion, your computer may get a prompt to restart your system.

Step 2: Connect Your Wired Microsoft Xbox 360 to Your PC

After the installation of the software, plug in your Xbox controller to either USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on your PC.

Step 3: Test Your Controller

  • At first, open the dialog box of your Game Controller.
  • Click on the 'Start' menu on your computer and in the search box type 'run' and then, type 'joy.cpl' and hit the 'Enter' key.
  • Click on Xbox 360 Controller and select the 'Properties' option.
  • Either press a button, pull a trigger or try to move the stick of your controller to test your wired Microsoft Xbox 360 controller.
  • In case your Xbox 360 controller is not detected by your Windows PC, try to plug in the controller to a different port and re-test it.

By following the above-mentioned steps, you will be able to setup your Microsoft Xbox 360 wired controller for your Windows PC. In case you face any trouble, contact Xbox 360 24/7 Customer Service [icustomerservice.net/xbox-customer-service] to instant support.

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