How to connect your Xbox 360 controller to a PC

by Mohit

It wasn’t long ago that trying to connect a controller to your PC was either impossible or you needed plenty of wires and cords to complete it. However, new technology has finally made it easier to connect your controller to your PC using Bluetooth and similar methods.

Syncing your Xbox 360 controller is no exception, and older models should be able to connect to your laptop or desktop without much difficulty. Here’s how to connect an Xbox 360 controller to your PC.

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Plugin your wireless receiver

This section only applies to people with wireless controllers. If you’ve got a wired Xbox 360 controller, go directly to the installed software.

For those of you who own wireless Xbox 360 controllers, connecting to a PC isn’t as straightforward as plugging in a device. First, you need to purchase a competent receiver, then run the appropriate setup wizard.

This section only applies to people with wireless controllers. If you’ve got a wired Xbox 360 controller, go directly to the installed software.

For those of you who own wireless Xbox 360 controllers, connecting to a PC isn’t as straightforward as plugging in a device. First, you need to purchase a competent receiver, then run the appropriate setup wizard.

Install software

To properly synchronize the wireless gaming receiver and the wireless Xbox 360 controller, users must download the required software through the Microsoft website, or a bundle installation disc packed with their receiver.

If not, you can download from the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows link; if wired, select Xbox 360 Controller for Windows instead.

Syncing the controller

If you are using a wired controller, plug it in. You’re good to go. Scroll down to check the controller to make sure everything is working properly.

The pairing process should take a few seconds, after which the light on the receiver will return to solid green and illuminate one of the four corners around the controller’s guide button (Figure D).

Testing the controller

Once the required software has been installed and the controller is plugged in or synced, it’s time to test the connection. Open the Start menu on your PC, click the Search menu and find “Game Controllers”. You should see an option that reads: Set up USB game controllers.

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