Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for PC/Windows with Adapter


If you arrived here you are probably researching where to get the best Xbox 360 Wireless Controller that will work with your PC/Windows. You might have seen that some people say you need an adapter, and others say you don’t. Well, the short answer is you do. Read our review below to know see which one we recommend purchasing and know that it will work right out of the box. Beware of some of the controllers at Best Buy. Not just every controller will work with your PC.

Of course the controller we are recommending is Black. Who doesn’t like black?

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

We recommend buying the one from here for $39.99:

What does this come with?

We did a little unboxing so you can see exactly that the product on Amazon comes with.


It includes the wireless adapter (30-foot range), two double AA batteries, the controller and an instruction manual.


Setup on PC

Once you have the controller, plug in the wireless adapter. Hold the Xbox controller button to turn on the controller. If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8 it will begin installing the controller software/driver. Simply follow the prompts and then click Finish. If the software doesn’t automatically start installing, you can download it from here:

Install Xbox Controller on PC

Supported on:

  • Windows XP 32-bit
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Windows Vista 64-bit
  • Windows 7 32-bit
  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 32-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit

Under the control panel, under devices and printers you should now see your Xbox 360 Wireless Controller and the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows. You are now ready to game!

Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows

Software Recommendation

With FPS games the controller on the PC works great right out of the box. If you are playing other games, for example, we play Guild Wars 2 with a controller. For this you will want some modifications and programming of the buttons. We highly recommend Xpadder. It costs $9.99 but it is worth every penny if you need to customize your controls. Later on we will be posting our GW2 Xpadder profiles for you to download and try yourself!

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  • Paul Braren

    Great article! Just an FYI, for folks stuck with a Microsoft Controller but a non-Microsoft USB tranceiver, it turns out it can still work with Windows 8 pretty easily, which I wrote up and demonstrated at

    • Brian Jackson

      Thanks Paul for your comments and sharing the useful article. Would you like to share this article on our blog?

      • Paul Braren

        Sure! But wondering if you simply mean a simple republishing of the existing article, or did you have something else in mind? I should admit this was kind of a one-off, and not really the sort of article type I normally focus on, at

        All that aside, it has been surprisingly popular, closing in on 10K unique pageviews, kind of crazy.

        • Brian Jackson

          We are always looking for solid technical writers like you for our blog. If you would like to write up something else on how to topics for windows 7/8, wordpress, xbox, office 365 then we can add you as a contributor. It’s totally up to you on how do you want to engage. I appreciate your work either ways.