Windows 10 build 2004 vs. The China Xbox 360 receiver.

Or should it be “Windows 10 vs. the world?!?” build 2004 edition.

Back in April 2014 we published a little blog about this cheap Chinese receiver and how we managed to get it back online. Now, back then we were completely aware there was videos on YouTube, Forums, and other sources so such an article was nothing new even back then. As an end-user we found ourselves downloading from garbage share sites that only lead to either misleading links or infected files. It was at this time we used out blogging capabilities and power to make an official tutorial along with all software sources in one place. 190k downloads later, Yeah, we call it a success.

Fast forward to May of 2020, suddenly we were getting rained upon by users which were apart of the Microsoft partner program saying that the build 2004 version of Windows 10 disables their China Receiver. Common sense would be to direct those energies towards Microsoft and maybe they would fix the issue.

It appears that’s simply not the case. Read on if you wish to listen to my diatribe of corporate hate.

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And so the 2004 build update trashes my China Xbox Receiver drivers!

I originally thought the worst. That Microsoft was basically doing everything they could to kick the Xbox 360 product line. A line which is not old enough to get a learner permit and drive in certain parts of the United States at 15 years of age. Brutally put it into the dirt with the hardest planned obsolescence program that was only seen from Microsoft during the Original Xbox. However, if you start googling “Windows 10 build 2004 unknown device” you suddenly find yourself in the company of other users then just a cheap-ass Chinese knock-off product. Users with wi-fi adapters, video cards all getting the same issue.

Which at this point of realization it may not be Malice that Microsoft was going for but straight up incompetence. That instead of including the entire driver-tree into their kernel they simply ‘skipped’ a few libraries .  Especially if you have to choose which driver to use! Or perhaps it’s not incompetence. That Microsoft views older hardware as a security threat and must be eliminated. To wipe the playing field as it were of hardware so they don’t have to constantly see a report from it similar to how Microsoft made a fake ADB driver for the Ouya console.

Combine this with Microsoft discontinuing support for Windows 7 and it does feel like they’re corralling all of their end-users into a miserable situation. Where else would you go for the latest gaming experience? Linux? Mac? I suppose if everyone had a backbone and left for one of those operating systems then yes. The gaming community just doesn’t have that kind of fortitude.

The problem.

Windows Build 2004 complete.

As of June 02, 2020 most of my PC’s have not gone to build 2004, most are still sitting at 1908. However, the problem is a lot of people are making the jump by joining the microsoft partner program and getting the latest build of Windows 10 thinking it will be bigger and better then before. Because of 5, 10, 40 responses all of the screaming that my tutorial does not work. I went to work by making a garbage account on Microsoft and giving them all of the information of a computer that has nothing in order to get build 2004 installed.

The problem.

Unknown device hell.

It came as a shock to a lot of people which owned the Chinese adapter that their device is now rendered as an unknown device. That even though the Hardware ID still shows present. Their driver is completely blown away.

reinstall the driver.. easy peasy right?

A lot of users simply went through my tutorial again on the Xbox 360 adapter driver installation. By choosing which driver to use for this unknown device.

Did it install?

Windows even gives you the rare fleeting hope that it installed successfully just like build 1908.

Failure of Windows build 2004

Then at the very end windows 10 build 2004 kicks you in the face and not only does not install the driver. but renders the entire device useless by loading nothing. which we suppose is ONE way to get windows to stop complaining about device issues! Simply render the device useless!

This is bullshit. Because Windows gives the user an option to go out and find the driver yourself. It in fact does not complain if its a different driver so long as it has its EV cert digital certificate valid. If device selection is now useless is Windows 2004 what the hell is the point Microsoft? This is flat out bad OS design.

The fix.

The problem is actually Microsoft’s own security. To get our controller back online we need to get rid of that security Microsoft has put in place between us the end-user and the OS. Now, we’re no Microsoft experts but it’s generally a bad idea to remove security features from your OS. but if it cripples the way you enjoy your computer then what’s the point of even having said computer or hardware? The Xbox 360 may be an old joystick but it’s still a very capable joystick where if someone whips one into a wall we would be more angry about the plaster hole in the wall then loosing a few bucks on a controller.

Windows power shell.

The first thing we are going to do is go into Windows power shell. Or you can type CMD to get to command prompt so long as in both cases you are in this command promt as an administrator. Otherwise these commands will not work.

type in the following.

bcdedit /set nointegritychecks on

it will respond with: The operation completed successfully

bcdedit /set testsigning on

Note: If the test signing command responds with:

an error occured setting element data
The value protected Secure Boot policy cannot by modified or deleted.

Then that means you may have to go into the BIOS of your motherboard and disable such as feature in order for you to proceed any further in disabling test signing so that we can re-install the controller.Disabling Secure Boot within BIOS

The screen above is the ASRock BIOS that is on the test-station motherboard we have. Your BIOS screen may look very different but newer BIOS screens with UEFI functionality will have a “Security” tab and probably underneath that will be the “Secure Boot” flag that you will need to disable. After reboot a warning screen may come up asking the user to input a code to confirm disabling Secure Boot.

If safe boot is disabled then this command too shall respond with: The operation completed successfully.

Finally, the last thing you wish to type into shell is the following:

shutdown /r /o

to reboot into the windows recovery screen.

To undo the fix.

Simply type in the following:

bcdedit /set nointegritychecks off
bcdedit /set testsigning off

and reboot your windows so that integrity checking and testsigning is restored.

Just a note: There is a good possibility that by re-enabling the testsigning and integrity checking that your OS will detect the unsigned driver and kick it right back out of your system.

Disable that watermark:

What we’ve done in the past with XBCD for getting old-school XBOX controllers working also applies here. I’ll often just leave my OS in testsigning mode. Because fuck it I know what kind of drivers we’re loading on our OS. To get rid of that pesky splash screen at the bottom you can simply run the uwd.exe file that we just included into the chinaxbox.7z file as of 06/11/2020. That should remove the splash screen and keep test signing disabled indefinitely.

Now I’m sure I will get some Microsoft fanboy saying that we shouldn’t be keeping our OS’es in test signing mode to which I would have to respond with:

What choice to you leave us? You’ve locked the user out from selecting their own software! -S

Windows recovery.

As this isn’t our first blog article talking about removing security in order to get legacy hardware going we’ll take the documentation for the XBCD and just place it here.

Windows 10 - Advanced - Choose Options. If you held down the shift key and pressed that restart button correctly you will be presented with a menu of something like what is above. Select Troubleshoot. Windows 10 - Advanced - Choose Advanced Options. Select Advanced options. Windows 10 - Advanced - Choose startup settings. Select Start-Up Settings. Windows 10 - Advanced - Restart the Computer. Finally Select the “Restart” button and the computer will go into boot selection mode. Windows 10 - Advanced - Disable Signature Enforcement. You will not have a mouse in this mode. simply pressing the 7 key will be enough for the OS to reboot once more allowing you to finally be in the mode that we want to install the driver. It should also be noted that manually disabling driver signature enforcement is only good for one reboot versus the script or command-line method which is a more permanent approach towards disabling signature enforcement. If you only choose the manual method of disabling integrity checking then the next time you need to install a driver you will have to go through the manual process again.

Reboot the OS.

Now would be a good time to go grab some software.

Direct download:

This site prides itself on being the one-stop blog for everything you could need in a guide. However, as our usual disclaimer, you should always run a virus checker over any executable you get from a third party site including my own. Do not trust anything unless it comes from the source manufacturer. We will keep things clean as long as the site owner is alive but you may never know! Also, note that to preserve file space and for simplicity’s sake, all versions have been compressed into a single solid 7-Zip file. You may use WinRAR or 7-Zip to extract the files in this archive: Download softwareThis archive which is approximately 8Mb in size contains both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Xbox 360 receiver driver. Click here to download the archive or click on the icon to the right of this paragraph to begin. Links will continue to be provided here in the event the company discontinues support.

Extract files:

7-zip extraction and folders.The first thing you will want to do is get a copy of WinRAR or 7-Zip. Any package that is capable of extracting 7-zip files. In this tutorial, we shall extract it to C:\chinaxbox\ . You can extract it anywhere you like just keep a note as to where you extracted these files while reading this tutorial.

Notes about the archive:

In the following example above we will be extracting everything in the C:\chinaxbox\ folder. This archive contains the following files:

  • Xbox360_32Eng – This is the 32-bit version of the Xbox Driver for those working with Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 8 32-bit, and finally Windows 10 32-bit.
  • Xbox360_64Eng – This is the 64-bit version of the Xbox Driver for those working with Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, and finally Windows 10 64-bit.
  • Xbox360_Mod_XP – This version is made specifically for Windows XP 32/64 bit and Windows 7 32/64. Windows XP Tutorial listed here.
  • uwd.exe – this executable is copied over from the XBCD article. It’s responcible for disabling the watermarks so you can keep your windows box in testsigning mode without showing it.

Lets begin.

The directory we’re going to focus on in this for the Windows 10 build 2004 problem is the Xbox360_Mod_XP because windows XP cannot have a drivers forced onto the operating system. The drivers needed the .inf file changed to the exact device number in order for the driver to install. Well, that’s exactly what is happening in Windows 10 build 2004! When we try to specify a driver it fails. but if the inf already has the device ID (like the original Microsoft gaming receiver dongle) it succeeds. Unfortunately since we have changed the information in that INF file. The certification is lost which is why we had to disable test signing.

Browse for drivers in device manager.

Lets dive back into device manager. Right-click on our unknown device which is our China xbox receiver and click on update driver. Then, click the box for “Browse my computer for drivers.”

let me pick the driver to install.

Although we’re in the right folder you may not. so click on “let me pic from a list of available drivers on my computer.”

All devices and click next.

Show all devices is fine. Click the Next button to proceed.

Have disk button is important.

We really don’t care what it loads because we’re going to click on Have Disk…

Windows XP mod folder.

Now, we’re NOT going to go into the regular xbox folder. we’re going to go into the Xbox360_Mod_XP folder, THEN into windows 7 and finally press the Open button.

Xbox XP Mod full path.

If you extracted the 7-zip folder onto your C: drive the path should look something like this. Diving into the XP-Mod folder with the altered INF file. Click OK to proceed.

Driver Found.

Since the INF file locked onto the driver there is no selection here unlike the original Xbox 360 china receiver tutorial. so click next to continue.

Windows Securiy Warning.

If you get a windows security warning like this one. Then this is actually a very good sign. It means that since signature enforcement is disabled and test signing is on this window is the final precaution to keep you the end-user from installing a driver that could cripple your OS. Since we know what we’re doing… Kinda… Click Install this driver software anyways.

Manual XP MOD installation successful.

If everything goes according to plan you should have a non-digitally signed xbox receiver driver installed into windows 10 build 2004 and can now resume your gaming experience.

tampered device.

If you get an error “The has for the file is not present in the specified catalog file. The files is likely corrupt or victim of tampering”

That’s true! WE tampered with the INF file to make sure the vendor and product ID point to the Chinese receiver! But this error is due to testsigning not being turned on and further diagnostics must be done to your windows 10 build 2004 SO to determine why you cannot enable test signing and disable integrity checking. This could be due to your PC being stuck in a Secure Boot policy. Or an advanced firewall and/or sandbox software preventing direct access to the OS in this manner.

Final thoughts.

Xbox redirected.

As time marches onward. Microsoft tries to replace webpage after webpage with Xbox One promotion items to entice legacy owners to give up and buy a controller. That your 15 year old controller that you’ve used to beat countless of games is somehow useless in 2020 and that you MUST buy something new or get destroyed in a random windows update. While we find this attitude to be annoying as hell. It’s still not going to let us give up on the 10+ Xbox controllers that we have in a case within our house.

They are still valid to play upon and they make excellent party controllers. Given the cost of an Xbox 360 controller where you can find them at a thrift store for a few bucks. You don’t even feel bad if it gets dropped or crushed unlike the 60+ dollar controllers above. Because of the 2.4Ghz system, the latency for us was almost non-existent which helped as along during our days playing with Android set-top boxes to which it still does with the Nvidia Shield.

Microsoft like many of the megacorps loves to spout out this idealistic image that they are a green energy company while in the same breath throwing generations of plastic right into the landfill. plastic which if given to the right gamers will still enjoy despite the fact that these things are going on 15+ years old.

Anyhow, we hope that you found this updated article about Windows 10 builds 2004 useful.

11/03/2020 – P.S. If you leave a comment about Forza Horizon or Forza Motorsport. You’re talking to the wrong person. Instead, you need to jump on their forums and tell them to support general DirectX inputs instead of being a bunch of elitist fucks that validate official Microsoft hardware as the only means of input support for their game. They should fix their game as they’re the ones making millions off of it. Not us. Any future comments about Forza will get straight up deleted. We don’t even own the game and given how pushy users of that community are we don’t even WANT the game! We’re done.

Until next time.

May server protect you.


162 thoughts on “Windows 10 build 2004 vs. The China Xbox 360 receiver.

  1. Thanks for this! I am using a Microsoft relic (Wireless Speed Wheel – in VR!) which survived the upgrade to 2004 but I was buggered after I had uninstalled all MS controller drivers to try to solve a different problem. It’s frustrating to find that even though I am admin on my own computer running Windows 10 Pro I still have to jump through hoops like this. Thanks again!

    • Hey. glad it’s working out for you. Now I got to load up 20H4 and see what else windows broke. Hah!

      Anyhow, thanks for checking out this blog. Happy gaming!

      – S

  2. Hi there, first off thank you so much for the guide! it got my controller to connect, the only issue is the left joystick is supper sensitive now. I know its not the controller cause it works on my opther laptop (without the 2004 update). but on this laptop it reqisters 3x-5x movement (for example moving it up it goes “up, up, up, up up” instead of up instantly instead of over time [if that makes sense]). this makes anything that requires movement, or menus to be imposible because ill move 5 spaces instead of one.

    Any ideas what i can do?

    • That’s a new one!

      The only thing i really changed with the driver to make it work in windows is the INF file. So for it to go crazy with wanting to go up all of the time is interesting. Do these problems appear in the joy.cpl diagnostic window or is it locked to a particular game?

      Thanks for checking out this blog!

  3. Hi, thanks for the guide! Funny story, just a few nights ago I was attempting to Flash an android device which required me to install some funky USB drivers, I ran into this same issue, tore apart the internet (as well as my hair) trying to simply install these USB drivers. Same thing, they pretend to install, give you a success message, and then simply revert back to “unknown device”. Of course, as we all know, it was the 2004 update. I eventually gave up and did the flashing on my Win7 machine.
    two nights later, I dusted off my beloved 360 controllers and wanted to use my wireless receiver. Could not believe it when windows pulled the same shit on me again.
    I seriously wish there was a community of people dedicated to reverting Win10’s broken updates.

    Anyway, getting back to the point of my post. Your guide worked for me, at first the driver you said to install didn’t work, but then I tried installing some of the other different drivers included in your zip file and it eventually worked… however, it’s not the same..
    Controller connects, though sometimes it takes a while.. and then eventually it kind of…. freezes…. I suddenly lose all input, If I was holding a button/direction at the time, it will stay held. Disconnecting by removing the battery (or unplugging the receiver) and then reconnecting will make it rejoin as player 2… (even though only 1 controller is still visible in the game controller panel). Have you ever experienced this? any thoughts?

    Many thanks.

    • To answer your question if there’s a community that’s dedicated in reverting windows 10. There is! kinda!

      The Windows 10 ameliorated edition is a community that takes out all of the garbage that windows packs in designed to slow the experience down and also spy on you. Now, the side effect of this project is due to the items they are ripping out of the OS it cannot update and thus it can never receive the 2004 update.

      Now, many users would jump up and down screaming that you’re missing out on vital security patches to keep your OS from getting hacked. However, if you are setting up a living room PC which is just on steam and that’s it. This might be a proper solution. But, for day-to-day desktop computing. Then you may need to pass and continue turning off the layers upon layers of security like what we’ve been doing.

      Anyhow, thanks for checking out this blog!

  4. Everything in this post worked like a charm and I can finally use my controller again after about six months of it and the receive gathering dust. I was just about to throw it away until I stumbled upon this blog. Sadly, from what the other commenter said about the upcoming 20H2, I’ll be at the mercy of Microsoft who will update my OS at its leisure and deprive me of my controller once more. I wish you luck on your perpetual journey of writing the wrongs of Microsoft’s eternal incompetence.

  5. Thanks for this, pisses me off when they make fully functional hardware garbage.

    Although I think there are a bit too many screenshots making instructions harder than need be to follow. Instructions that you explain with 6 screenshots could be explained with click A->B->C->D …etc :)

    • Thanks for checking out this blog article.

      We thought of doing a linear tutorial but found out as time keeps progressing there could be errors that would deviate the end-user from a standard linear presentation such as the catch-alls with secure-boot etc.

      Which is why we also do videos to go along with the blog article. As an attempt to restore sanity to this colossal failure that Microsoft set down upon us.

  6. As of version 20H2, this no longer works. (OS build 19242.630) It keeps reverting to the “Unknown Device” and not updating even after disabling sig enforcement and force-installing through powershell.

    • 20H2? Wow, it’s not enough for Microsoft to skip version numbers now they’re not even using a logical versioning system.

      Can’t wait for the next edition of Microsoft Windows 10 2̵͈͓̲͙̭̘͈̩̻̪̆͆̅̀̔͑̊̃͑͗͐̽̾̇͂̄̈́͐̚͘͝͠͝B̴̡̨̨̛̞̦̳͕̜͐̋̿̊̈͊̊͐͛̐͘͝C̶̩̞̖͔̣̞̗̠̪̪͕̗̪͂̏̀́́̀͂ͅḪ̶͉͖̮̭̹͖̪̮̱͚͚̤̮͖̥̂͛̑͐̍̆̈́̐̓̅́̏͊̚͝ͅ4̸̝̫͕͙̲͇̭̺͓̄̄͊̋͗̈́͊̍̂́̐̚͜ͅ edition.


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