Connect your wired or wireless Xbox 360 controller to your PC.
The Xbox 360 is backward compatible with Windows-based PCs in a number of ways, including media streaming and network bridging. Even most official Xbox 360 accessories work on PCs, such as the Xbox LIVE Vision Camera or controller. The Xbox 360 has two types of controllers: wired and wireless. While wired controllers require no additional purchases to work with PCs, wireless controllers must use an Xbox 360 wireless gaming receiver.
1. Download the wired Xbox 360 controller software to your PC from Microsoft.com. Find it on Microsoft’s “Download Gaming Software” link.
2. Run and install the software when it finishes downloading. When you run the software, an installation wizard will open, guiding you through the process with prompts.
3. Restart the computer, if prompted, at the end of the installation.
4. Plug your wired Xbox 360 into a powered 2.0 USB port on your PC. Notice that the controller’s Guide button lights up and flashes, indicating proper installation.
5. Purchase the Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows.
6. Install the receiver’s software with the installation disc that came packaged with it. A setup wizard will run and guide you through prompts to complete the installation.
7. Insert the receiver’s USB plug-in into a powered 2.0 USB port on your PC. Notice that the light illuminates green, indicating power and proper installation.
8. Download the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows software from Microsoft using the “Download Gaming Software” link.
9. Run and install the software when it finishes downloading. When you run the software, an installation wizard will open, guiding you through the process with prompts.
10. Restart the computer, if prompted, at the end of the installation.
11. Power on the wireless controller and press the receiver’s sync button. The receiver will begin searching the area for wireless devices in sync mode.
12. Press your wireless controller’s sync button. The receiver will take a few seconds to recognize and sync with the controller. The process completes when both the receiver and controller’s lights flash.