How to Set Up XBox 360 Wireless Controller for PC

Updated February 21, 2017

If you own an Xbox 360, it's just as easy to use your wireless controller to play games on your Windows PC. Gamers who detest playing computer games using a keyboard and mouse should find this helpful, especially since most games and emulators offer gamepad support. The only extra accessory you'll need is the Xbox Wireless Gaming Receiver, which is purchased separately.

Download and install the software need to run the controller directly from Microsoft. The software is completely free and only takes a few seconds to download (the file itself is only a few megabytes in size). When entering your information on the download site, select "Controller," "Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows" and your operating system and language in the respective drop-down lists. Click "Go" and then click the link on the next page to start the download.

Connect your Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver to your computer through any of its USB ports.

Press the sync button on the Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver. Then press the sync button on your controller. The sync button is located near the left-trigger button by the charger input port on the top of the controller. You're now ready to play PC games using your Xbox 360 wireless controller.


Gamepad configuration depends on the game you're playing.


Your Xbox 360 wireless controller can sync with only one device at a time. This means that if you sync it with your PC, you need to re-sync it with your Xbox 360 the next time you want to use it on your Xbox 360 (and vice versa).

Things You'll Need

  • Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver
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