How to Make an Xbox Controller Work on a PC

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If you own a Microsoft Xbox 360, you can use your video-game console's controller on your PC as well, since both devices use USB ports. The Xbox 360 controller has a sleek, ergonomic design that makes it more comfortable than many of the controllers available for computers. Setting up an Xbox 360 controller for use on your computer is a simple process that will not only make your computer games more enjoyable, but will also save you money.

Things You'll Need

  • Wired Xbox 360 Controller
  • Close any programs running on your computer and save all your work, as a restart is typically needed at the end of installation.

  • Download the drivers for your Microsoft Xbox 360 controller to be used in Windows via the link below (under Resources). Be sure to save the file to an easy-to-locate directory on your computer.

  • Open the downloaded software by double-clicking on the file.

  • Click "Install" once the setup window pops up.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation of the drivers for the Xbox 360 controller.

  • Plug the Xbox 360 controller into one of your computer's USB ports.

Tips & Warnings

  • These same steps can be used to connect a wireless Xbox 360 controller, but in addition to these steps, you will need a Microsoft Wireless Controller attachment for your computer to receive the signals from the controller.
  • Don't connect the controller to your computer until after you have installed the required software.

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