How To Hook Up A Xbox 360 Controller To A Computer

Sometimes it is easier to play a game on your computer using a controller instead of the keyboard and mouse. If you already own an Xbox 360, then that becomes the perfect controller for you to use on your windows based computer! This article will teach you how to use your Xbox 360 controller with your computer for easier gaming. Do note, however, that only computers running Windows XP or higher operating systems, will be able to use an Xbox 360 controller.

To hook up your Xbox 360 controller to your computer, you will need:

  • Internet Access
  • Windows based computer
  • A Xbox 360 controller
  • A Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver (only if using a wireless controller)
  1. Plug in you Xbox 360 controller, or Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver. Always plug in the controller, or receiver if you are using a wireless controller, first to allow the computer to detect the device.
  2. Visit and download the appropriate software. For your device to work properly, you need to download the right software, provided by Microsoft free of charge. Just chose which operating system you are using, and what language you use. You may need to restart your computer after installation.
  3. Test the controller. Ensure That the controller is working properly, if it isn't, then check to make sure that the software has finished installing, and that the device is properly plugged in.


  • Never download software for your controller that is not made by Microsoft, as third party content in not regulated.
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