How to Activate Xbox 360 Controller

Xbox 360 controller is for the game addicts who want to play various games and do not want to use their mouse or keyboard to control the games. You can install Xbox 360 game controller if your PC has a USB port and it can work very well if you are using Windows XP or any later version.

Install Xbox 360 Controller!

  • If you are using Windows 7 or the later versions of Windows, you can adopt two different ways for the installation of Xbox 360 Controller. If it is convenient for you to get a CD from the market, you can do and that can be used for installation of Xbox 360 controller to your computer. The second and easier way is to download its software from the internet.

  • Click Here to download the software and select the version of Windows you are using.

  • The next step is to select the language, you want to get in Xbox 360 Controller as it is a multilingual controller. You should select a language that has been on your operating system. If it does not match with the language in “Region and Language” section of your Windows, it will not work. For example, if you have set “French” in your operating system in “Region and Language” section, you should select the same language

  • Once you have done with the settings, you need to hit “Download” to start downloading of the software.

  • Now click “Run” to get it installed to your operating system. It will take a couple of minutes and then you have to reboot your system to use it.

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This is how you can install Xbox 360 controller software or driver in your system. Now you need to follow a few steps to connect and to try it out to check whether it is working or not.

  • You should plug in the Xbox 360 controller device in the USB port 3.0 or 2.0. It will show an icon of “Game Controller” on the screen.

  • Just click on it to show its menu.

  • If you are using Windows 7, you should click “Start” button on your Home Screen. There, you will see “Search” bar. You should type here “joy.cpl” and press Enter.

  • Now go to Xbox 360 Controller and open the “Properties”.

  • Now you should pull the trigger of your Xbox 360 controller device and then press its button. You should check its stick by moving slightly to check the function of the device.

  • If you are using Windows 8 and any later version of Windows, you should go to the “Start” screen where you will find a “Search” bar. Now type here “joy.cpl” that will show the properties of your Xbox 360 Device. You should try it out now so that you may check its functioning.

Note: Sometimes the device does not show all of the above mentioned functions. In such case, you should plug the device out of the USB port where it is attached and plug it in another port. It will start working. Some users want to use it in specific games, where this device does not function. In this case, you should view the documentation of that game to check the details how you can make configuration of your Xbox 360 game controlling device.

You can Also See the Video Tutorial below!


  1. The way you told us I tried and it worked very conveniently thank you very much for posting this. I like this post and want you to post more guides like this for latest consoles. Thank you very much 🙂


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