How to Connect a 360 Controller to a PC

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How to Connect a 360 Controller to a PC
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Your Xbox 360 controller can double as a PC controller when properly connected. The Xbox 360 controller can be used with any PC application (including games) that supports USB controllers. If you're using a wireless Xbox 360 controller, you will need to use the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows. Wired Xbox 360 controllers can be connected to any USB port on your computer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Skip to step 2 if you're using Windows Vista or Windows 7. If you're using Windows XP, download the controller drivers from the "Resources" section below. Save the .exe file to your computer. Double click the .exe file to begin the installation. Follow the user and computer-specific instructions to complete the installation.

  2. 2

    Connect the Xbox 360 controller to any available USB port on your computer. The calibration utility will open.

  3. 3

    Set-up the Xbox 360 controller stick calibrations and controller vibration settings.

  1. 1

    Skip to step 2 if you're using Windows Vista or Windows 7. If you're using Windows XP, download the controller drivers from the "Resources" section below. Save the .exe file to your computer. Double click the .exe file to begin the installation. Follow the user and computer-specific instructions to complete the installation.

  2. 2

    Attach the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver to any available USB port on your computer.

  3. 3

    Press the button on the top of the Wireless Receiver. Press the "Guide" button on the Xbox 360 controller. The lights on both devices will begin blinking. When the lights stabilise, the synchronisation will be complete.

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