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Set up Kinect for Windows v2 or an Xbox Kinect sensor with Kinect Adapter for Windows

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About Kinect for Windows v2

If you already have an Xbox Kinect sensor, you only need to purchase the Kinect Adapter for Windows.

Kinect Adapter for Windows
Kinect Adapter for Windows

If you don't have a Kinect sensor, you must purchase both an Xbox Kinect sensor and the Kinect Adapter for Windows. These items are sold separately.

Note Previous versions of the Kinect sensor for Windows included both a Kinect for Windows sensor and an adapter with a power supply.

Recommendations for setting up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor

Note Some of these recommendations link to relevant Kinect for Xbox One information.

  • Make sure that your computer is running Windows 8 or a later version. For more information, see the “System requirements” section below.
  • Make sure that you’ve installed the latest drivers from Windows Update.
  • Center the sensor horizontally in front of your monitor or screen. Or, follow the instructions in the setup application.
  • Place the sensor on a flat, stable surface, away from any edges.
  • Do not place the sensor on a stereo speaker or vibrating surface.
  • Make sure that the front of the sensor is not obstructed by power cords, computer cables or other solid objects.
  • Make sure that the Kinect sensor is in a well-ventilated space and its vents are not covered.
  • Keep the sensor out of direct sunlight.
  • Keep background noise low to minimise possible voice-recognition issues. For example, don't place the sensor near a fan, stereo speaker or loud machinery.
  • Keep the lens clean.
  • If you're using a mounting accessory, make sure you mount the sensor correctly.

System requirements

Operating system requirements

  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
  • Windows Embedded Standard 8 (64-bit)
  • Windows Embedded Standard 8.1 (64-bit)

Hardware requirements

  • 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Dual-core 3.2 GHz or faster processor
  • Dedicated USB 3.0 bus
  • 2 GB RAM
  • A Kinect for Windows v2 sensor

Software requirements

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about your Kinect for Windows sensor? Go to the Kinect for Windows FAQ for the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions.

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