How to Make an Xbox Controller Work on a PC

by Shanika Chapman ; Updated September 22, 2017

If you own a Microsoft Xbox 360, you can use your video-game console’s controller on your PC as well, since both devices use USB ports. The Xbox 360 controller has a sleek, ergonomic design that makes it more comfortable than many of the controllers available for computers. Setting up an Xbox 360 controller for use on your computer is a simple process that will not only make your computer games more enjoyable, but will also save you money.

Close any programs running on your computer and save all your work, as a restart is typically needed at the end of installation.

Download the drivers for your Microsoft Xbox 360 controller to be used in Windows via the link below (under Resources). Be sure to save the file to an easy-to-locate directory on your computer.

Open the downloaded software by double-clicking on the file.

Click “Install” once the setup window pops up.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation of the drivers for the Xbox 360 controller.

Plug the Xbox 360 controller into one of your computer's USB ports.

Tip

  • These same steps can be used to connect a wireless Xbox 360 controller, but in addition to these steps, you will need a Microsoft Wireless Controller attachment for your computer to receive the signals from the controller.

Tip

  • Don't connect the controller to your computer until after you have installed the required software.

About the Author

Shanika Chapman has been writing business-related articles since 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in social science from the University of Maryland University College. Chapman also served for four years in the Air Force and has run a successful business since 2008.