You can connect your Xbox One Controller to a Windows PC either by using a cable or wirelessly. However, to play Xbox games on your PC, your controller must be connected via micro-USB cable.
Many PC games let you play with an Xbox One Controller instead of a keyboard or mouse. The Xbox One Controller can be quickly and easily installed on any PC that has an available USB port and is running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7.
Note This information applies only to the Xbox One Controller. For help with other gamepads or joysticks, or for information on configuring a specific game so that you can play it with a controller, refer to the manufacturer’s website or support center.
For Windows 10, the most current drivers are pre-installed with the operating system and are automatically updated through the Xbox Accessories app. See Update your Xbox One Controller.
Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
Update driver through Device Manager
When you connect an Xbox One Controller to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 PC with a micro-USB cable, Windows will automatically download and install the drivers for the controller. If Windows is not set to automatically download device software, check for updates manually in the Device Manager:
Note Windows may ask you for an administrator password or to confirm your choice.
Download and install Xbox One Controller driver
You can download the latest drivers for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Here's how:
Note The drivers with (DFU) in their label can be ignored.
expand -f:* Update-Name.cab Destination-Folder
Where Update-Name is the name of the CAB file, and Destination-Folder is the full path to the folder to which you want to extract the files. For example: C:\Users\username\Downloads\Extracted.
The driver is now installed.
You can connect your Xbox controller to any Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. To do this, you'll need to make sure you have the current PC drivers (see Getting the right drivers, above).
Once you confirm you have the correct drivers, simply plug the charging cable that came with your controller into the front of the controller and plug the other end into your PC.
You can connect your Xbox controller to a PC using the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows on any Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. For more information, see Set up the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows. The Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows comes either by itself, or in a bundle with an Xbox One Wireless Controller. The correct drivers should automatically install, but if not, see Getting the right drivers, above.
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