How to Install X-Plorer Controller on PC

by Candace Benson

The X-Plorer Controller first appeared in 2007 and was included with the Microsoft Xbox 360 version of "Guitar Hero 2," the first game in the series to appear on the Xbox 360. The basic five-button fret, strum and whammy bar set-up can be used on Windows PCs when playing "Frets on Fire" and other controller-based games. Installing the controller takes less than a minute on Windows XP and Vista.

Step 1

Plug the X-Plorer Controller's USB cable into an available USB port on the computer.

Step 2

Windows should automatically detect the controller and will automatically install required hardware drivers.

Step 3

Click on the "Start" button after the "Installing new hardware" icon disappears from the task bar.

Step 4

Select "Control Panel." Click on "Classic View" in the left column.

Step 5

Double-click on "System" and click on "Device Manager" in the left column.

Step 6

Find "Microsoft Common Controller for Windows Class." Expand the category by clicking on the "+."

Step 7

Open the "Xbox 360 Controller for Windows" entry. Click on the "Driver" tab.

Step 8

Click on "Update Driver." Allow Windows to "Search Automatically."

Close the X-plorer Controller window once Windows updates to the latest driver.


  • See References for tips for to getting the X-Plorer Controller to work with Ubuntu.
  • "Frets on Fire" is a free, open-source program that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. See the Resources section to download it.
  • Although Mac is able to detect the X-Plorer, users have to install a specific USB driver for Xbox 360 controllers. See the Resources section.


About the Author

Candace Benson has nearly five years of experience as a volunteer coordinator and has worked for non-profits and state agencies. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Benson wrote for a number of video game websites and blogs and worked as a technical support agent. Benson currently writes for eHow.

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