Xbox 360 Wired Controller is not working with Windows 7.


  • Not to long ago I was playing Halo 2 PC using my wired Xbox 360 Controller. All of a sudden my computer (which uses Windows 7) decides not to recognize it. Every time I plug in the controller in now it comes up as "Unknown Device". I have not changed anything, I mean anything. Yes I have tried all methods of fixing the problem but they do not work.  If someone knows a sure fine way to get the controller working again it would be much appreciated.
    miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2011 15:42

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  • It's possible that the controller itself has died. Any chance you could test it on another PC?

    Do you have any other USB devices plugged in? If so, try unplugging them and then plug the controller in and see if it's recognized then. They draw quite a bit of current, and it may be near the limit for your USB power. I had a problem that if I plugged in my Xbox controller, my USB sound device would produce distorted sound. The eventual fix for me was to get a powered hub to plug my controller and other USB devices into. The only ones that are still plugged directly into my onboard ports are my wireless mouse dongle, my keyboard, and the sound card.

    SC Tom

    miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2011 19:13
  • Update the driver to the latest one. Then restart the computer, press F8, select Disable Driver Signature Enforcement.

    Now check if it works.



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    viernes, 27 de mayo de 2011 7:06
  • Can you upload this file to skydrive?  C:\windows\inf\

    Just make it publicly accessible and paste a link in :)

    This should at least say where the problem is happening.



    viernes, 27 de mayo de 2011 15:55
  • Check the controller and if its code 43 then remove the driver by deleting the controller from the device manager completely and also remove all the drivers from the add/remove part of the control panel.

    Then try again, if it fails, then the pad is toast.


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    viernes, 27 de mayo de 2011 21:52
  • I just googled this and i found the solution in a YouTube-video:

    Just watch the video and I promise it will help you! I will copy this post to any other thread which touches this exact subject.

    lunes, 02 de abril de 2012 14:56
  •  >i found the solution in a YouTube-video:

    That video is for connecting a WIRELESS controller, not a WIRED one, which is what this thread is about. Good info though, if you're having a problem with your WIRELESS controller.

    SC Tom

    miércoles, 04 de abril de 2012 19:53
  • I 'm using a wired Gamestop Xbox 360 controller and I got mine to work using these steps. Good luck.

    If you already have the software installed, go to programs and features and uninstall Microsoft XBOX 360 Accessories 1.2.

    1) Download the drivers from

    2) Choose Gaming > Xbox 360 Controller for Windows > Windows 7 64 bit > English.Don’t run the drivers.  Save them to a folder. (Or Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows depending on your controller)

    3) Right click the Xbox360_64Eng file in the folder you downloaded to and click "create shortcut"

    4) Right click the shortcut you created. Select properties.

    5) On the compatibility tab in properties, click "Run this program in compatibility mode" ChooseWindows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 as the compatibility mode. Apply setting and click ok.

    6) Right Click on the shortcut and select "Run as administrator"

    7) With your controller plugged in go to Device Manager.  You should see Microsoft Common Controller for Windows Class. It located under Mice and other pointing if you do, you have arrived. If you don't, try this.

    Continue only if you don’t see Microsoft Common Controller for Windows Class in Device Manager

    8) Right click the unknown device that shows a problem.

    9) Update Driver Software > Browse My computer for Driver Software > Let Me Pick from a List of Drivers

    10) Choose Microsoft Common Controller for Windows Class > XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows

    Ignore the warning.

    Should work now.

    miércoles, 31 de julio de 2013 19:58
  • So, if we have a WindowsVista (32-bit) do we still do Windows 7 (64-bit)?
    domingo, 25 de agosto de 2013 1:12
  • So, if we have a WindowsVista (32-bit) do we still do Windows 7 (64-bit)?

    32-bit windows is not recommended for machines with > 2GB main memory or 512MB VRAM

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    domingo, 25 de agosto de 2013 13:17
  • You my friend are GREAT! I have been trying to figure this out for days.... Installing driver, uninstalling drivers... Safe Mode, ect. ect... I was about to give up until I gave your post one last try...AND IT WORKED....THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    domingo, 15 de septiembre de 2013 4:03
  • Fantastic. Great work on this evoLxs. Had to follow it through to step 10 but it worked a charm.
    miércoles, 12 de marzo de 2014 23:14