Xbox 360 Controller Driver Not Working On Windows 10 (Fixed)

As I earlier discussed how can you connect Xbox 360 controller to PC, some readers have asked me about what can be done if the Xbox 360 controller driver is not working on their Windows PC at all. Well, let me tell you that the reasons usually revolve around a corrupted or outdated driver or Windows 10 is not upgraded to the latest version. Don’t worry; you can play your favorite Xbox games once again on Windows PC with some of the quickest fixes mentioned below.

Fix: Xbox 360 Controller Not Working On Windows 10

The first three fixes are meant to update Xbox 360 driver on Windows PC only. You can go for any of them amongest the manual, via device manager or a third-party tool. However, a third-party tool makes it easier for you to update any driver in the future, name one. So I recommend Smart Drive Care which you will be able to learn about below.

Fix 1: Update Xbox 360 Driver Manually

When you have Xbox 360 controller not working problem on Windows 10, go to the official website for the same. For more, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Go to Microsoft Xbox official website.

Step 2: Navigate yourself to the section of Downloads. Choose Windows 10 (or other operating systems) and select the driver.

Step 3: Install the driver on Windows PC. Once installed, check if the issue has been resolved.

Fix 2: Update Xbox 360 Driver Using Device Manager

Although we are once again updating the Xbox 360 controller driver, it is being done using Device Manager. For this method, follow the instructions.

Step 1: Open Device Manager by pressing Windows key + X at the same time.

Step 2: Here, expand Xbox 360 peripherals, right-click on the Xbox 360 controller driver and select Update Driver. (The name could be Xbox 360 Receiver for Windows)

Update Xbox 360 Driver Using Device Manager

NOTE that if you cannot find the exact controller driver, go to Device Manager > View tab > Show hidden devices > Universal Serial Bus Controllers or Universal Serial Bus Devices >

Fix 3: Update Xbox 360 Driver Using Smart Driver Care (Recommended)

If you could see that the above method is a little tricky process and requires a lot of patience and hard work, I would have chosen Smart Driver Care. This is why I recommend the same to you. Let me tell you how it makes things easier for you.

Step 1: Download Smart Driver Care on your PC. from the button below:

Step 2: Let the tool scan the whole system and indicate all the outdated drivers to you.

Step 3: Once detected, click on ‘Update All’ or the Xbox 360 Controller driver. It will be automatically updated in a few minutes without worrying about anything else.

Update Xbox 360 Driver Using Smart Driver Care

Moreover, Smart Driver Care is also capable of backing up installed drivers, restoring them in one click and updating all the outdated drivers in one go. Ease of use and user-friendly interface are some other features that I liked.

Fix 4: Check For Windows Update

Did you check your Windows with the latest updates? If you are facing Xbox 360 controller not working problems on Windows 10, you do not miss the step.

Step 1: Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security.

Step 2: Click on Check for Updates under Windows Update.

Check for Updates under Windows Update

If you have updated the system, the problem of Xbox controllers is probably solved.


We are sure that the Xbox 360 controller driver is now working for you by now. If it hasn’t, don’t forget to ping us in the comments section below. Also, read the following:

Frequently Answered Questions

Q1. Why is my Xbox 360 controller not working?

Unless your Xbox 360 controller is not damaged, the reason for it not working may revolve around corrupted or outdated drivers and Windows not updated to the latest version.

Q2. How do I get my Xbox 360 controller to work?

If you keep your Windows updated to the latest version and update the Xbox 360 controller driver, your Xbox controller will probably start to work.


  • comment_avtar
    when i plug my controller into my pc, the 4 lights around the xbox logo light up, but my pc wont detect it. i cant find the so-called “downloads” section you speak of on the xbox website so i cant follow along with your instructions.

    4 years ago

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