Chinese Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver Driver setup

Wireless Receiver for the Xbox 360 from China has arrived.

Wireless Receiver for my Xbox 360 controller (Sometimes referred to as a wireless dongle) from China is one of those tools that has become more and more relevant in the gaming industry with console ports and couch co-ops. And unlike other types of electronics I have gotten from China where it was inferior or simply was nothing more then a piece of plastic or an identifier chip saying what it was but it really did nothing at all. This adapter from china actually does work! But it needs the right drivers!

Video tutorial fallback mirrors:

In case you have no-script enabled or for some reason cannot see the title video on this website. I have provided direct links for these videos.

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PDF file available:

When I still had an analytic installed I noticed a lot of people where saving my tutorials onto the hard-drive. I understand that you may not trust this site being around in the next few months. Or perhaps you are going into a part of the world where internet isn’t fantastic. Or perhaps you are a seller of these receivers and are looking for a document that you can print up and attach to your product. You can now download a PDF of this article for you to have , print, and read on your hard drive.

Introduction:

Now for those who don’t know what this little guy does; It allows you to hook up ANY wireless Xbox 360 Controller which operates on a wireless 2.4ghz range to your PC (Up to four devices just like the original Xbox 360) which is useful for playing a lot of Steam games which are coming out which are all about Couch-Action multiplayer action.

Click here for a brief list of games that work with controllers on PC.

This wireless receiver  is actually a really nice device to have considering Xbox One is released making the hardware of the 360 obsolete. And when hardware becomes obsolete it gets very cheap! I personally paid for 4 Xbox 360 controllers on eBay for around $55 with shipping included. Which isn’t bad at all! Read on if you would like to know more about this little $8 unit!

 Original wireless receiver versus the Chinese version.

This is a brief summary and differences between the two Xbox 360 receivers that you will find out on the internet.

 This is the official Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver. Note the Microsoft Logo on the casing and the tab on Cable.

I should note it is next to impossible to find an OEM Microsoft 360 Wireless Receiver unless you are willing to fork out $50-60 for a controller and receiver pack. Used game stores such as GameStop will not keep these around and often will not even have a receiver. GameStop treats odd-ball hardware devices by only offering a few pennies to buy it off of someone. When you do official receivers show up on eBay. they are typically going anywhere from $15-20 dollars because they are no longer in production thanks to the Xbox One.

 

This is the Chinese Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver with has no indication it came from Microsoft.

Chinese receivers will come in cheaper packing (if any at all) and will not say the word “Microsoft” anywhere on the unit or package. This allows them to sell this units in this country without them getting pulled for various intellectual property related laws (And don’t think Microsoft won’t go after people for this! They still throw cease and desist letters to people giving out MS-DOS disks for gods sake!) You’ll also get a CD and that’s about it! No real instructions in the packaging itself.

Wireless receiver woes:

Lets go through some of the issues encountered with the Chinese Wireless receiver.

Toss this CD, it’s pointless!

An issue with the Chinese receiver is that although it gives you a driver-CD. That CD is absolutely useless unless you have windows XP 32-bit you minus well just throw the thing away! So if you have a Windows 7 or Windows 8 box. The Screen Below is the typical screen you will get!

No driver update, can’t point to the CD because the OS supported is Windows XP. Crap!

This is because the China Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver is emitting a different hardware ID then the Microsoft one. USB\VID_045E&PID_0291 for windows 7 and USB\VID_05C6&PID_9244 for Windows 10. Because of this Windows has no clue on what to do about this and Unlike a wired 360 controller or dance pad where it will simply pull its drivers off of Windows Update. It cannot do anything with our Chinese receiver.

So how do we work around this problem?

Simple, we force the Microsoft driver down its throat!!!

Acquire the software.

You are first going to want to download the driver from Microsoft’s site dealing with Xbox Controllers. We highly recommend installing this driver as it will load all of the default Microsoft interfaces for this tutorial. Microsofts driver will give you a battery utility so when you press your center button for Xbox control it will tell you how much battery is left in your controller.

32-bit version:

Download Xbox360_32Eng.exe here

Would you like to download it directly? Click here to download the 32 bit version. This binary is version 1.2 and is identical between all platforms, windows XP, Vista, 7, and presumably 8.

64-bit version:

Download Xbox360_64Eng.exe here.

Otherwise, click here if you would like to download the 64 bit version also version 1.2 for windows XP, Vista, 7, and presumably 8 and finally windows 10 (even though a crappier windows 10 driver is already installed)

 02/26/16 – Due to too much hot-linking from other sites then my own the Dropbox mirrors kept getting suspended and taken offline. Files are now being hosted locally through Anubianhost.

Information about the Xbox wireless receiver on alternative operating systems:

If you are here for instructions on how to get your receiver working in anything other then windows I published a few articles for you.

Android:

 If you want to know more about Android OS/Ouya connectivity with these Xbox Receiver adapters then click here or the picture above it has been moved to its own blog entry.

Linux:

Are you trying to use Linux like a Raspberry Pi to get your game on? Click here.

 Windows XP, 7, and 8 instructions (Archived)

8/8/2015 – I am pleased to report a new update to this article dealing with windows 10 support. For those who are still on windows XP, 7, or even 8 fear not for I have archived all of the information that was on this blog beforehand if you just click here or simply click on the old window logos above this paragraph

Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver driver installation for Windows 10.

For those with the latest windows 10 operating system please continue reading.

Upon plugging in your USB cabling windows 10 will attempt to find the driver for these Chinese controllers. It of course will not find anything and label the device as “Unknown Device.”

To begin you are going to want to go to your device manager. On windows 7 you an click your Start Button and then right-click your “File Explorer” and click on Manage to open the Computer Management screen. Finally, click on “Device Manager”.

From here provided that you have already hooked up your Xbox 360 USB Receiver. We see that we have other devices that the system cannot identify. Right-click the Unknown Device and then click on Update Driver Software of this particular device.

Since this driver cannot be found by the CD or Windows Update. Searching automatically is a waste of time. Click on Browse my computer for driver software.

Since we are going to inject the driver manually select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” and then click Next.

Note: If you did not install the software as stated at the beginning of this tutorial this catagory may not exist. In my case since I had some Xbox wired controllers Windows Update did the job for me. Select “Xbox 360 Peripherals ” and then click Next.

This is the section which deals with only Xbox 360 Controllers. All of these drivers are digitally signed indicating that they come right from Microsoft which is good. Select “Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Version: 2.1.0.1349” and click the Next button to continue.

Note: Windows 10 by default will have the newer driver v10.0.10240. The software we just installed inserts 2.1.0.1349 into the list. The reason why I choose the old version of the driver will become very apparent when we go and test the Xbox 360 controller later on in this tutorial. I shall explain why at the end.

This is the part where windows does not believe that you know what you are doing. Silly windows. Click Yes to continue and it will begin installing the driver.

It will come up stating that the driver has been successful in installation. You may now Close this window.

 To verify the driver is installed. Go back into your Device Manager section of Computer Management and you should see a catagory dealing with Xbox 360 Controllers. A Xbox 360 Peripherals at the button and inside of this section Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows.

Driver installation on Windows 10 is Complete

Testing the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver from china.

The steps here will seem really simple for people which have owned an Xbox 360 however when looking at a lot of forums this is also the most overlooked step. Resulting in people thinking that they got a bad receiver when in all reality it is perfectly fine!

  1. Turn on your Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. It should have all four corners of the controller flashing indicating that it’s on but it cannot find a device to connect to.
  2. Press the button on the wireless receiver and it will begin flashing.
  3. While the wireless receiver is flashing, press the “Sync” button on the front of your Xbox 360 Controller as shown in the picture above. You know it will begin to Pair the device if you see the Green LEDs on the start button of your controller move in a Clock-Wise Fashion
  4. If you have a solid LED light in the upper left-hand corner indicating player 1. Congratulations! Your Xbox 360 controller is now paired up to your wireless receiver. If the LED’s spin in a clockwise circle but then returns to all lights flashing that means that it cannot find your Wireless receiver to pair up to. (Special notes: If you are hooking this up to an Android box. the controller will still flash but at a slower speed. This is because the Android OS has no official drivers for the Xbox 360 Wireless controllers as for the date of this publish your compatibility will vary from game to game under Android)

Windows will begin installing drivers the moment the controller is properly paired up.

If you don’t want to go into control panel and navigate all of the different windows you can simply type the command control joy.cpl”

However, for the sake of this blog we will do it the long way in Windows 10 by first clicking on settings.

In windows 10 we will first select the Devices tab. then we select Connected devices and finally select the devices and printers link to open up something that we are more firmilliar with in the older tutorial.

 

Lets see if windows can actually see and test our new joystick that we installed. Click the start menu and click “Devices and Printers” .

Right-Click on the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows and click on “Game Controller settings”.

As you see, inside of the wireless receiver is where all of the wireless Xbox 360 Controllers will reside. Click on whatever controller you would like to see and click the “Properties” button.

From here you may now start pressing buttons and moving your joystick around. You also get to see if perhaps you had any bad buttons, poor analog hats which are badly calibrated or are in need of replacement hats for your controller. Also you get to visually see how terrible the D-Pad is on the X-Box controller.:)

About Driver versions.

Wait a minute S, you’re telling users to install an older driver designed for windows 7 when windows 10 has it built right in. Why even install the files you provided for Windows 10?

Lets assume that you did install the “latest and greatest” driver that came built right into Microsoft . Will it work? Yes, but you will be missing two things.

The first thing that you’ll notice upon using the new wireless receiver driver is all of your Xbox 360 controllers are listed as generic HID-compliant game controllers. They are not listed as true Microsoft Xbox 360 controllers anymore. In about 80 to 90 percent of the games on the market this will not affect a thing! There are however some games that are built around the Xbox 360 controller and will map all of the keys for you if it so happens to find a true controller that came from Microsoft.

This bug in the new driver is an annoyance and not a deal-breaker .

Battery gauge.

The second bug deals with functionality of the center xbox button. Using the old driver when you download and install the software. Let it install Net 3.5. Normally it places a file known as XboxStat.exe as a startup program for Windows which will listen through the Chinese wireless receiver for any command from that button to give the user information such as what controller is connected, battery life, and more.

This is a nice feature but once again it’s not a deal-breaker. The lights will flash on your controller when the battery is getting low. If you don’t care about this and you want to save about 3mb of memory by not installing the older driver. Then the new driver should suit you just fine.

Summary of driver confusion:

As for exactly why Microsoft neglected to put these tools into their OS could end up with a lot of different answers. That they wanted to keep the drivers simple? That perhaps they didn’t bother to talk to the hardware development side of Microsoft prior to releasing their OS? Either way it goes everyone thinks that a bigger version driver means better but you have to take into consideration that this is Microsoft the same company that skipped a version number in their OS because they didn’t like the way it sounded. Version numbers no longer have the integrity they used to.

Notes for critical errors.

on 02/01/16 – We had one of the Chinese wireless receivers die on me after a years worth of service bouncing back and forth between devices. This can even happen to a Microsoft OEM Receiver as the only thing that is really inside your dongle is a microchip and that’s it. The Chinese versions don’t even have a fuse along the 5 volt power lines and in my case the regulator that reduces voltage from 5.0vdc to 3.3vdc for the chip to use was totally fried out.

A dead give away that the receiver died on me is by pulling up the Hardware ID in device manager underneath the properties of the USB device and it will display USB\VID_0000&PID_0000 or USB\VID_???? depending on operating system.

Also when you try installing the drivers you may receive this description for your Chinese wireless receiver. This is not a good sign. What your system is telling you is that it cannot get a response from the micro-controller inside. You can try a different computer/USB port but if it keeps saying the same thing then it’s a serious hardware failure of the receiver.

Will the Chinese wireless receiver work with the Xbox One Controllers?

I see people asking this question from time to time. But the short answer is no.

The Xbox One uses a different 2.4ghz wireless band then that of the original Xbox 360. The only reason for doing this has nothing to do with efficiency. And instead, has to do with Microsoft wanting to be a group of assholes. Milking the average gamer of all of their money into buying new hardware. Finally, Microsoft released this Xbox One Adapter so you no longer have to plug/wreck your USB connector in “Wired” mode on your PC. This unit originally costed $30(USD). However, the price on the Wireless Adapter has been dropping steadily due to overall circulation.

Results of the Chinese wireless receiver.

Besides the driver headaches explained above. It behaves just like the Microsoft OEM version. I got it to work all the way across my house which is identical to my Xbox 360 console wireless length. So no real complaints about connectivity or lag issues. For $8 it’s not bad and I suppose the great thing with having the wireless receiver is they give you a few feet of cable so you can place the wireless receiver anywhere giving you better reception then the Xbox 360 could ever give you.

I hope you find this article useful and hopefully it will keep a few xbox 360 controllers in circulation.

Server protect you.

98 thoughts on “Chinese Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver Driver setup

  1. thanks a ton, bro, needed to fix someone’s issue, tried everything else but did not work, went step by step from your page & it worked for me, thanks for the detailed guidance, other forget to do such stuff.

  2. Before i ordered my ebay (china) wireless receiver i was looking arround for info on it and came across this blog. Saved the link and now my receiver got in the mail i instantly checked this blog again and had it up and running in no time!! Extremely clear installation steps and very thorough. Thanks for taking the time to write this how-to.

    Usually i don’t take the time to comment when i find info but this was so usefull and put together very well that i just had to comment.

    Many thanks from Belgium!

    G-X

  3. Can’t thank you enough man! Bought this thing off amazon so I could play dark souls on my pc and I was really struggling to get this damned thing working but now it works fine !!!

  4. Hi. First of all thanks for the guide but I have some problems. Whn I’m looking for the “microsoft Common controller” in the list there isn’t just any. I’m 100% sure instelled the software You linked at the start.
    Can You give me some advice about it?

    • Sorry to hear it’s not working out for you. Usually the installation works as it copies the .inf files into your OS-System folders allowing you to actually see it when you go into Microsoft Controllers. But there could be factors which may be beyond the scope of this blog such as firewall controll or access policies I may not be aware of.

      Then using a program like WinRAR, you’re going to extract the files from the EXE files into a folder because it’s just a self-extracting zip container that Microsoft uses.

      If you have extracted it to your C:\ drive. it should give you a folder with the same name as your exe file. In my case the 64 bit example is located in C:\Xbox360_64Eng\

      Then go into device manager, find the unknown device that is your China Xbox Controller.
      1. Right-click and click on Update Driver Software. Then click on Browse my Computer for Driver Software.
      2. Click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
      3. Click the very first catagory Show All devices.
      4. Click on the Have Disk button in the lower right-hand corner of the driver installation window.
      5. When it asks to insert your manufacturers disk where it defaults to A:\ either browse to the this path or if you have extracted the folder to the root of C:\ like I did copy this into the white text box:

      C:\Xbox360_64Eng\xbox360\setup64\files\driver\win7

      It will finally come up with three selections. The bottom one being “Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for windows”.

      6. Click on Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for windows. and then Click Next.
      7. Click Yes to the update driver warning.
      8. Profit.:D

      That should be the procedure to manually install the driver without running the Microsoft executable.

      • Thanks for the answer but when I copy the location of the file it’s says that there is no thing compatible with My 64 bit system. I did exactly as You told me to, so no wrong location or wrong dowloanded/zipped file.

        • The closest error I have ever seen on updating drivers is the following:

          “This verison of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you’re running.”

          Which the first thing the Microsoft Community would ask is what version of windows are you running? To verify this. Click on the start button in the lower left-hand corner, right-click on computer, and then click properties. It will tell you the version of windows you are running at the type, and underneath the system catagory it states if you are running 32 or 64 bit (or even ARM if you are running Windows Tablet edition) .

  5. Thank you very much!
    Do you know if this still works on Windows 10 or not? I wish it did but I am really not sure. Need to do a test on VirtualBox, I guess.

    • Just wanted to let you know that the blog has been updated with Windows 10 OS in mind. It talks about the native drivers versus download drivers and all images associated have been pulled off of a live Windows 10 box. Thanks again for checking out my blog!

  6. thanks man this helped a ton, i was messaging windows for almost an hour with there help only being plug it into another usb port and another and so on

  7. I just doesnt work for me, i tried everything on the website.
    I have both installed on my pc, the receiver and the controller but the controller doesnt connect to the receiver.

    • Sorry it didn’t help you out. I can try to figgure out what happened here. Can you explain what exactly doesn’t work? Can you see your receiver in device manager? Does the driver install correctly? You mentioned how receiver AND controller is connected. Do you just have your controller plugged in for power?

      • I have the same problem as him. When I look in Device Manager, there is no unknown device, or anthing related to xbox in the list. I tried putting the cable, in different usb-ports, and restarting the computer. But it just won’t work after the upgrade to windows 10.

        • How odd. It doesn’t even make the sound that a device is plugged in and unplugged when moving the Xbox receiver from port to port? Get power? If it is at least making the sound then we know windows acknowledges that it’s there but it may be doing something dumb by placing the controller in a totally different catagory in device manager such as Universal Serial Bus at the bottom of device manager as just an example. Which if it thinks its a ho-hum genetic USB device then the controller will simply not work.

          I will have try to take a windows 7 box and upgrade it to 10. My test boxes both x86 and x64 were clean windows 10 installs right off of the retail DVD.

  8. I have tried on both operating system 7 and 8.1 , it does seee the connecter in device manager but it isnt connecting to my controller, i tried different drivers.
    Thanks in advance

    • If you’re Xbox receiver is installed correctly in device manager as described on my windows 7 and 8.1 blog. Then it sounds like it’s coming down to a pairing issue between your controller and the receiver. If you are pressing the sync button on the front of your Xbox 360 controller first and the receiver next and the controller LEDs spin clockwise but never assigns a player ID. There’s two things to try.

      1: Is it possible to test your controller on a Xbox 360 ? Just to verify that your controller did not burn out it’s internal wireless amp.
      2: If you don’t have a Xbox 360 game console do you have another controller by chance to try it out with?

      If the controller pairs with the Xbox 360 gaming unit but not the wireless receiver. it can be possible that you may have a defective receiver as the receiver does a lot of the work of pairing the controllers before device manager even sees it.

  9. Thanks for the answer, ive tried it with 2 different controllers both work on the xbox. I will try it on windows xp and let you know so i know for sure its defect. Thanks!

  10. Hi, thanks for this guide… but when I get to pairing stage my controller won’t pair with the receiver. My receiver isn’t light up with green led so could it be a faulty product? Everything else went fine though.

    • On all three of the receivers that I have and use for testing they all light up green the moment you supply power to the USB port. So it sounds like there’s something wrong with the microprocessor that’s in your receiver. That it may identify itself as a device in device manager but may have any programming to actually turn on the light to even say its ready. Much less to sync..

      Bottom line, if you’re not getting lights. Then you probably have a defective. It can even happen to a Microsoft OEM receiver too.

  11. Hi,

    I’m on windows 10, following your instructions down to the testing part; my receiver flashes and the controller lights are spinning but after 5-10 seconds the receiver lights solidly and the controller just begins to flash without assigning to the player 1 light. The ‘Driver Install’ window for the controller never appears.

    This is the same issue I had on windows 7 before I upgraded.

    Anyone else have this?

  12. I have been using this Chinese adaptor successfully for about a year with minimal issues, and it was even fine after my upgrade to Windows 10. But this weekend I came home to a restarted computer (presumably for an update), and suddenly my receiver doesn’t work properly.

    I connect the controller as usual, and it works for around ten seconds in Fallout 4 and about a minute in Witcher 3, before the controller simply stops sending (or the receiver stops receiving) any input. There is no blinking light or a disconnecting sound from Windows to indicate a connection has been dropped.

    From there I have to uninstall and reinstall the driver to get it responsive again, and it repeats this over and over. I tried using the Windows 10 and 7 drivers, as well as your method. When I attempt to use your drivers downloaded from this page, it will not successfully install, saying, “The hash for the file is not present in the specified catalog file. The file is likely corrupt or the victim of tampering.”

    Any insights into this? Any help would be MUCH appreciated.

    • Well, windows 10 is correct. I did tamper with the file . I changed the inf to find the device ID of the Chinese driver in that one. You will have to disable driver signature verification. start > shutdown > hold shift+click restart > troubleshoot > advanced options > startup settings > disable driver signature enforcement . That should calm windows 10 down. But I don’t think a driver issue is your problem.

      If it only works for a little bit after you unplug and replug it back in. It sounds like you’re dealing more with a hardware issue.

      Either the microprocessor in your controller is locking up. Or the microprocessor in your Chinese receiver is locking up. In ether case I haven’t experienced this myself.

      You can try plugging the receiver into another laptop or PC, doesn’t have to be an ultra-modern gaming pc just enough to load the drivers and see how it behaves in the joystick menus.

      Controller testing, of you got a xbox 360 pair it up and see how it behaves. if it doesn’t lock then its not the controller.

      Finally, you could try different USB ports. If you have a modern PC plug it into a USB 3.0 slot to see if problems go away. I say usb 3.0 not because of the speed but in general a USB 3.0 will be a different chipset then your USB 2.0’s.

      Apologies if the troubleshooting seems kind of vague. It’s a problem I never encountered myself. If anyone else wants to chime in feed free.

    • I am experiencing the same thing except it works for an entire gaming session but then the next time I go to play the controller won’t sync and I’ll need to reload the drivers and reboot (Win10). Did you ever find out what the issue was or hopefully find a fix?
      Cheers

  13. There should be more people like you on the internet! I almost crushed this ‘Chinese piece of crap’ but you made it work like a charm!

    Mine wouldn’t connect to the reciever and I was sure it was broken since I was convinced that even with the wrong driver, the controller should at least connect to it. As it appears, that’s not the case.

    At first under ‘select the device driver you want to install for this hardware’ I chose the wrong driver, which seems an easy mistake since there are a few others to choose that also make sense.

    Many thanks from Amsterdam.

    Just so folks from Holland will also find your page on Google:

    Draadloze 360 controller voor pc maakt geen verbinding met ontvanger

  14. Thanks man, once I saw it wouldnt initially connect I thought to myself of course this wouldnt work. This post saved me the hassle & money of being the more expensive microsoft one

    • The dropbox account keeps getting suspended due to high traffic loads and too many other sites were hot-linking to it. All links have been moved locally to the same server you are setting my webpage on. hit refresh on your page and you should get the new links.

      Let me know if that is not working.

  15. Thanks a lot for this, you made my day.
    Been trying for days to get this to work and also ppl at Microsoft couldn’t help me with this problem.
    But this worked in 1 try. Thanks a lot!! :D

    Also had a chinese 360 receiver.

  16. Thank you for the super helpful post. I have a cheap chinese ZettaGuard 360 wireless adapter and I’m running Windows 10. I installed the older driver as instructed. The controller works wonderfully and I’m getting the batter popup when i hit the xbox home button on the controller. Problem is, I’m finding that a bit annoying, and I would much rather have it bring up the Steam overlay when I hit it.

    If I install the newer Windows 10 driver, the controller works fine still, but now the Xbox Home button does absolutely nothing. It doesn’t bring up the overlay as i’ve read about in other forums. It just does nothing (although the rest of the controller functions well).

    Is there anything i can do to get that big Xbox button to actually do something useful? Thank you!

    • Well, I’ll leave this open for anyone who can give better advise as I do not have steam. But so far, the best app that looks promising is controller companion which seems to be able to utilize the home button of the xbox controller. I have not tried this myself with the Chinese receiver however since the battery button seems to work okay I don’t see why controller companion would fail you.

      Glad this article helped in at least getting your xbox controller going though.:) Have fun!

      • Thanks again for the help. Yeah I checked out Controller Companion, and it’s a helpful add-on for controlling the cursor when I’m NOT in Steam/Gaming, and just in the regular Windows environment. But it doesn’t seem to fix the issue I’m having with the XBOX home button. Either way, I’ll be sure to keep the forum updated if I find a solution.

        Ben

  17. Hello,
    I got this thing working yesterday. i come to it today and its stopped working. Firstly the device shows in USB not “other devices” and when I try to update it I get nothing but this http://imgur.com/JoNixcS
    Its very annoying.

    Thanks.

    • For testing we had about 4 different types of dongles because there was reports of these units breaking after a short while of using them. We had one which lasted for about a week before it showed up as a total unknown device. we e-mailed the Chinese vendor about it and got our money back on Ebay with no request to return the defective.

      If you pull up the properties of this device click on the details tab and then choose “Hardware ID’s” from the dropdown is it reporting to you all zeros? If you are getting something like USB\VID_000C&PID_0000&REV_0000 ? If this is the case. Then the micro controller chip inside that dongle may have died. If it is showing an ID then there’s still hope in bringing it back.

        • That means that the computer can see that there is -something- plugged into the USB port but the data is either corrupt or missing when it sends the command to identify itself. Every USB device sends this little set of characters to a computer telling it what it is. Even if the computer cannot understand the new device it at least stores the hardware ID so if it finds a driver it knows what to do.

          This level of data corruption can happen if a USB port is bad. In super-rare cases the operating system may be blocking the plug-n-play service. But this can also happen if the device itself is bad.

          One of the last things you can try is plug your receiver into a different PC if at all possible such as another laptop and/or desktop. if it comes back with the same hardware ID failure then the chip inside of your xbox receiver is gone. if it at the very least gives a proper device ID on another machine then you start getting into possible bad USB port or OS at that point.

          Hope it helps.

          – S

          • Thanks for all your help. I tried it on another PC and still nothing it must be the actual device. Stupid thing haha.

            Anyway thank you very much for all your help and time.

            -Doyle

  18. Hello,
    I have this strange issue of my controller automatically disconnecting and reconnecting over and over or not being able to reconnect for several minutes. This mostly happens when using the emulator ePSXe but the disconnecting and reconnecting also happens less often in other games. At one point I was playing with 3 other people and 4 xbox controllers combined and they would all have this problem. The constant disconnecting/reconnecting noise can drive you insane if you hear it over and over for long enough. The dongle was tested in another computer and had no problems and another dongle was testing on my computer and had a similar problem although slightly less often. Also this only happens when I move my computer to my GF house although the other computer which it was tested on was two feet away so I don’t think its an interference issue. The dongle was never more than 6 feet from the controllers. I’m running on Windows 10.

  19. Hi, I tried to do this and it didn’t work for me. My device manager doesnt recognize the receiver and is only visible when I activate the tab “show hidden devices”. There I can see my “Unknown device” and my DM reports this with code 45 (This device is not connected to the computer”.

    At first I thought that the receiver was broken. But then I connected it to my laptop and after completing the instructions above, worked perfectly. Both computers work on the same OS (Windows 10). Who can help me fix this issue?

    • Try to uninstall all the xbox 360 controller drivers, REBOOT (important) and go to install step by step in this post.

      However, my controller and receiver works BUT when I unplug the charge & play cable for use the controller in wireless mode don’t work and go off and dont have the vibration too. Any fix for this?

      Greetings

  20. Hi, this doesn’t work. I tried installing both the exe file and the win 10 version you suggest and when updating driver I get an error saying the hash for the file is not present in the specified catalog file. The file is likely corrupt or the victim of tampering??

    Please help as this device was working with my previous pc and win 7 and I upgraded to win 10 silly me

    • The special xbox-driver.zip file will throw that error in windows 10 because I changed the vendor ID in the .inf file. This is a very annoying feature in windows 10 x64 where they’re locking drivers requiring digital signatures from the net in order for them to work. Following part of my classic xbox controller tutorial you could disable signature checking if you wish to use the xbox-driver.zip files

      This however, shouldn’t block the default .exe files and you should at least be able to select the drivers from Microsoft manually via device manager as explained above.

  21. “Press the button on the wireless receiver and it will begin flashing.” -> My receiver flashes just promptly once or twice when pressing the button on the receiver and then it just keeps the light on. And therefore I cannot connect my Xbox 360 controller to the receiver.

    How long should the receiver light flash? Is it normal to flash just once or twice?

    • The only time it should do that is if you already have controllers powered on and spinning in a clock-wise circle waiting to sync. Typically the wireless receiver will flash for around 15-20 seconds the moment you press it waiting for you to press the sync button on your Xbox game controller. Kind of like the video that I posted where it’ll keep flashing until it finds something or times out. So it’s not normal for a wireless receiver to just flash once or twice and stop. Since there’s so many variants being made you can try doing a long press to see if that helps (3 seconds).

  22. Unfortunately a long press doesn’t help.

    When I press the button on the wireless receiver it flashes once and after that it stays on. I can repeat this, pressing the button and waiting it to flash twice, a few times and after that the light stays on no matter I press the button or not. I’ve been trying to setup the receiver to different USB holes in my computer but the result is always the same.

    What else could I try?

  23. I purchased a third party receiver from amazon a while back and it worked great for a good long year, but recently got that message – Device Descriptor Request Failed, and could never get it to work again. I purchased another receiver from a new vendor on amazon, it worked for a few days, then Windows Update happened and once again, Device Descriptor Request Failed.

    Are the receivers pretty much useless after that? Hours of tinkering and diagnostics reading on forums have proved fruitless and I’d really prefer to get it working again as opposed to having to get a refund and purchasing a more expensive receiver from Microsoft.

    Thanks for keeping it up and being so active on this blog man, it’s very admirable ^.^

    • Hello!

      There isn’t a whole heck of a lot that you can do when it says “Device Descriptor Failed” because this is the error that you get when a USB device simply stops throwing its device ID down the line to your computer. You can try all of the basic stuff (I.E. plugging into a different port. and ultimately, trying it in a different computer) But if it still errors to a device descriptor failed then the micro-controller inside probably got fried due to inadequate circuit protection/regulation like what happened to one of the three I got.

  24. This guide is fantastic! The included CD is useless, and this guide is the only way to use my Chinese XBOX 360 Wireless controller under Windows 10. Worked flawlessly!

    Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this.

  25. Thank you so much! This saved my marriage as my husband thought I was to blame and we now have tomatoes on our simulated farm!

  26. I think I have a problem!
    my notebook with Windows 10 recognized my receiver and installed the drives correctly, but my receiver does not stop flashing when connected. tightness in sync button on my xbox 360 controller and it can not connect .
    What can it be?

  27. Hello and thanks for your guide! I installed the controller following step by step the guide, I try to use it on Pes 2017, but it doesn’t work. What did I do wrong?
    thank you for answering

    • I can’t really help on a game by game basis. Just that there’s some games which auto-detect the Xbox controller where-as others you may have to go into the settings or options of the game and tell the game that you have a controller hooked up in order to use it.

      As long as it works in the XBCD utility and it also works in windows nativly under: Windows Start > Settings > Devices > Connected Devices > Devices and Printers > and pull up the properties of your xbox controller. Then almost any game should be able to see it as well.

      anyhow, best of luck!

      S

  28. Hello!

    First of all thank you very much for this great tutorial. I have a kind of specific question but because you seem to have a good knowledge about this controller and driver issues I will try my luck: me and my friends regularly do an esports event using up to 20 XBox 360 at once. During the event the controllers are deactivated and reactivated (reinstalled) while the game we play is running. Under Win7 that was no problem at all because when connecting the controlling the driver was installed “silently” in the background. Under Win10 a window is opened (//www.s-config.com/core/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Xbox-receiver-Win10-installing-drivers-xbox-360-controller.png) which minimizes the (fullscreen) game we are playing.

    Do you maybe have any idea how to prevent this? Is there a way to make the controller driver installation happen “silently” in the background as it was in Win7?

  29. Hi S!

    First of all thank you so much for this! I was wondering whether you could help though.
    I have one wired controller and now this wireless one. After installation it works and all, but both of them work as controller 1 and when the wired one is plugged the wireless one doesn’t work (though it seems to be).
    Can you help? Is it possible to make one of them 1 and the other 2?

    Thanks,

    M

  30. if i have a real one from microsoft that will save me trouble for that read the 2 line bellow ???

    1-This is because the China Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver is emitting a different hardware ID then the Microsoft one. USB\VID_045E&PID_0291 for windows 7 and USB\VID_05C6&PID_9244 for Windows 10. Because of this Windows has no clue on what to do about this and Unlike a wired 360 controller or dance pad where it will simply pull its drivers off of Windows Update.

    2-The first thing that you’ll notice upon using the new wireless receiver driver is all of your Xbox 360 controllers are listed as generic HID-compliant game controllers. They are not listed as true Microsoft Xbox 360 controllers anymore. In about 80 to 90 percent of the games on the market this will not affect a thing! There are however some games that are built around the Xbox 360 controller and will map all of the keys for you if it so happens to find a true controller that came from Microsoft.

    • If you have the real receiver from Microsoft (i.e. the one that costs around $14-19 on Ebay right about now) this saves a lot of driver headache issues in statement #1 as Windows 10 will simply install the driver for you. But statement #2 will still effect you because the Windows 10 driver will list the controllers as Generic HiD. Once again, it’s not the end of the world if they’re listed as Generic HiD as many games will still work just fine. But for those who want the battery status and the controller notification when they press the Xbox button then you will want to go to the earlier windows 7 x64 driver.

  31. Serious thank you for a cracking guide. I updated windows 10 yesterday and the controller wouldn’t bind. Followed your steps to add the drivers to the unknown device and boom. Hotline Miami 2 it is today then.

  32. This works fine but then next time I go to play the controller won’t sync and I have to reinstall the 2.1.0.1349 [8/13/2009] driver again and reboot.

    On Windows 10 with generic receiver. Any thoughts?

    • This is the first time I am hearing of these cases and apparently there’s two users in a row experiencing these problems. I reloaded windows 10 and let it go from the base install through all of the service updates. Installed the Xbox controller and rebooted several times and the receivers did not loose connection. Also popped the batteries out and back in and my windows 10 was able to sense and remove the controller and re-add without problems. The only thing I might be doing differently is that I am running windows 10 under the administrator account as I get annoyed with the security pop-up requesting access.

      A lot of how pairing works deals with the Xbox Controller chip and the receiver chip. It’s mostly hardware controlled and if it’s already paired it can remember the controller. On my machine I could pair it before the OS is even loaded. The only time the software really comes into play is when you pair a new controller up to the receiver which could be why when you reload the driver it works.

      Since this isn’t happening with the China receivers I got from Ebay about a year and a half ago. Could I ask where you got the receivers from? And also, has this been a problem since you had the receiver or did it work totally fine until it started to fail recently? Finally, what controller are you using? Stock OEM controller? or third-party controller?

  33. Man, you are amazing. I cannot thank you enough. Your instructions saved my favorite controller. Your guide was easy to understand with perfect screenshots and instructions. I really appreciate all the time and effort it took to create this article just to help me get an old controller up and running. Thank you again!

  34. When I want to select a device driver, I can’t see any version numbers. My controller works, but the lights are constantly spinning. What can I do about it?

  35. I’m having problems with installing the drivers, when i go through the menus of browse my computer for drivers, then i click let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer but then when I scroll down i cant find Xbox 360 peripherals in the list. I have the xbox360_64eng installed. Any ideas would be a start

  36. i have done everything you did but it wont connect to my controllers. the controllers are not broken as they still connect to my xbox but it wont connect to the wireless reciever. i have also tried every different usb port my pc has but it wont work. any thoughts?

    • What does device manager say about your receiver? Did the drivers install correctly or if there an error? Do you get lights when you press the sync button on the PC receiver?

      • it recognises it as a wireless xbox reciever like it should. no errors at all and the light works and when i press the button it flashes. it just wont connect to my controllers

        • Hm, not sure what to say after that. Usually if you hit the sync button on the controller and the receiver just like I did in my video it should sync up in a matter of seconds just like your Xbox 360. And I’ve had multiple receivers going so it’s not an interference issue. Syncing is all handled via the micro-controller itself inside of your receiver. It’s why it should work regardless if it’s hooked to a PC or even an android box. You may have a defective on your hands.

  37. Hi – I have a weird problem….. I followed all your instructions on the blog and I now have the drivers on my wndows 10 64 bit. I even get them to pair and sync. Lastly I went to the settings/device and printers part and the calibration button check and it works there too!!! thing is it doesn’t seem to control the cursor – its like its not connected at all – the only evidence I can find that it is paired is on the test window . Desperaately trying to get it to work on minecraft for my son but when I load minecraft I can only move the cursor with either the touchpad or the mouse – xbox controller does nothing even though its paired and tests properly :( Can you advise?

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