Did you buy one of those aftermarket Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless controller receivers for your PC?  Did it come with a worthless CD labeled “PC Driver”?  Having trouble getting the damn receiver drivers to work with your Windows Vista, 7 or 8 OS?  No problem, just follow these simple steps which, by the way, also work for the Official (expensive) Microsoft version of the receiver hardware (pictured below):

  1. Go to the Device Manager
  2. Look for an “Unidentified/Unknown Device” (Yellow triangle with “!”)
  3. Right click on the device –> click Properties
  4. Driver –> Update driver
  5. Browse my computer –> Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer
  6. All devices –> Microsoft (If MS is not listed its okay)
  7. Choose XBox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows –> Next
  8. When the driver warning pops up say yes or next.

A couple things to note: this method works for all of the Xbox 360 wireless receivers for PC.  It doesn’t matter which version you have or who made it.  They come in black, white, clear, with markings, without markings, etc…  It doesn’t matter.

Also, some people go through hell trying to install it on their own before looking up instructions online.  If you’re one of these people, chances are you may have a goofy, nonfunctioning install of the device sitting in your device manager.  If this is the case, start by right-clicking the device in Device Manager and selecting “Uninstall” to remove the device from the list.  Then unplug the device, reboot your PC and plug it back in before following the directions above.

Lastly, I’ve been told this works with Windows XP as well, but if you’re still using XP you’ve got other issues…

Install the Xbox 360 wireless controller receiver for PC drivers manually

Install the Xbox 360 wireless controller receiver for PC drivers manually

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