How to Connect Xbox 360 Controller to PC without Receiver

Connecting a wired Xbox 360 controller is easy. However, it is a different story when the controller is wireless. The official Xbox for PC is not connected through Bluetooth which is why this post will discuss how to connect Xbox 360 controller to a PC without a receiver. One of the official ways is easy while the other methods are difficult but doable and they will come in handy. 

How to connect xbox 360 controller to pc without receiver

How to connect Xbox 360 Controller to PC without Receiver

The Xbox controller is not Bluetooth enabled thus it cannot connect to a PC through a Bluetooth connection. You will realize that a wireless Xbox 360 uses different frequencies that are nothing like Bluetooth, making you aware not to opt for such when you come across them. Also, you need to note the observations below:

  • No adapter is required for the Xbox 360 wireless controller to work with your pc.
  • Xbox 360 kit has no controller, nor does Microsoft sell it.
  • Buy a separate pack with a controller and tested counterparts. Then you can use the Windows USB adapter.

The Official way to connect

The official way to connect to Xbox 360 controller to a PC without a receiver is straightforward and verified. You don’t have to spend more money to purchase anything because Microsoft has offered this approach. So, you need to get the pack from the company. 

  • Buy the official Windows pack for Xbox 360 wireless controller.
  • Although it is expensive, you will not have any complications when connecting.
  • You can try to locate some retail outlets and off-the-shelf stores and buy them there.
  • You can sell the extra controller if you don’t need it. 
How to connect xbox 360 controller to pc without receiver

The Pricey Xbox

You can only find the Xbox 360 for $60 or a price close to that amount, even if it is old. 

  • You can buy and sell it for the same price or the much you wish
  • While shopping, look around for a cheaper option.
  • When shopping on Amazon, make sure it is “fulfilled by Amazon” to avoid being scammed.
  • If you discover the one you purchased is a Chinese duplicate, return it as soon as you find out. 

Aftermarket Clones: Cheap, Workable but Doable

You can also find many knockoff USB receivers on sale separately on different market platforms like Amazon and eBay. Most of the devices on these platforms range from $7-15 which can be perfect clones that you cannot distinguish from the original or official adapter. The downside is that setting them can be hectic but not impossible. 

The official Microsoft Xbox 360 is branded “Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows” at the back. The duplicates are always impressed with “X360”, “PC Wireless Gaming Receiver” or a close variation at the back. Note that any omission of a trademark from the original packaging then it should make you cautious. 

The official Orphans

If you don’t mind making a gamble between an official Xbox 360 Windows and the cheap specials, you will find something useful and worthy. There is a wide range of Xbox 360 PC dongles that are separated from their controller mates on Amazon and eBay

As you check out the market, look for listings with more than the dongle and proper markings and an official driver CD, and a booklet. Although you may not need to use a controller, Windows will automatically download them as an indicator of legitimacy. 

Microsoft does not sell these gadgets separately so if you are buying them separately, know that it’s a gamble. Before buying, study all listings, read reviews from past customers, and ensure reasonable return policies. 

Installing an Official Microsoft Adapter

If you have purchased the official adapter or a backdoor adapter but of good quality, then installing will be easy. If you are using Windows 8, you plug in the adapter to your PC, and it will automatically be detected by Windows and all the relevant devices installed. 

Access the Microsoft adapter by opening the Windows Device Manager. Tap the Windows Start button or windows logo, then on the search bar, type “device manager” and look for the newly downloaded Xbox adapter.

On Windows 7, you will be prompted by the “Add Hardware” wizard to engage a USB adapter then select “Install the software automatically.” If the Windows version you are using has the proper drivers, the process will automatically carry on. 

Without the correct drivers on your PC, you can use the driver disc or download the relevant drivers. After downloading and installing the Device Manager, navigate to “Pairing Your Controllers to Your PC.”

How to Install a Duplicate Adapter

With the lower-quality but working adapter, installing it is possible but hectic. Begin by plugging in the adapter into a port at the back, and if it is a USB hub, it must be powered. Also, consider using a port that will remain permanent because unplugging means you have to go through the process again. 

Once you locate Windows Device Manager, press the Windows logo and type in Windows Device Manager and find the adapter under “Other Devices” then select unknown devices. 

How to connect xbox 360 controller to pc without receiver


Don’t be stuck on how to connect Xbox 360 controller to the PC without the receiver following the above methods. Also, strive to get the original Xbox 360 from Microsoft for easy connections. However, it is hectic to connect with knock-off devices but not impossible using the workarounds provided above. 

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