Xbox 360 Receiver – Manual Install.

Manual installation of Xbox 360 Receiver Drivers.

There have been several complaints about the error in my blog stating that installing the Xbox 360 receiver drivers just by launching the executable does nothing or that users do not have a "Microsoft Controller" class that they are capable of choosing from. This addendum documentation is to provide a manual install of how to install the Xbox 360 receiver drivers without ever having to install them onto your computer.

Download the driver we will be using for this tutorial.

7z binary Download Icon.This archive which is approximately 8Mb in size contains both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Xbox 360 receiver driver. Click here to download the archive or click on the icon to the right of this paragraph to begin.

Notes about driver modification.

The archives were changed from a .zip file to a .7z or 7-zip file. Also, all versions of the Xbox driver have been consolidated into a single 7-zip archive as an all-in-one download solution. All procedures remain the same as you can extract with WinRAR down below.

Extract files:

7-zip extraction and folders.The first thing you will want to do is get a copy of WinRAR or 7-Zip. Any package that is capable of extracting 7-zip files. (if you downloaded the .EXE file from the Microsoft website you may right-click on the .EXE and click "Extract files" to follow along.)

Notes about the archive:

In the following example above we will be extracting everything in the C:\chinaxbox\ folder. This archive contains the following files:

  • Xbox360_32EnG - This is the 32-bit version of the Xbox Driver for those working with Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 8 32-bit, and finally Windows 10 32-bit.
  • Xbox360_64End - This is the 64-bit version of the Xbox Driver for those working with Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, and finally Windows 10 64-bit.
  • Xbox360_Mod_XP - This version is made specifically for Windows XP 32/64 bit and Windows 7 32/64.

The Xbox360_Mod_XP folder modifies the following line entry on lines 65-66:

;China receiver mod by S-Config 10/2/2015 
%XUSB21.DeviceName%=CC_Install, USB\Vid_045E&Pid_0291

This not only works on Windows XP to get the driver installed but eliminates the annoyance of having to reload the driver every time you unplug your wireless receiver and plug it into a new port. The downside of this modified driver is it breaks the signature and thus doesn't work on Windows 8 and Windows 10 unless you disable signature enforcement.

Installation Begin:

In this example we will be extracted to the root of the C: Drive. You can place it anywhere so long as you remember the location of the Xbox360 installation folder.

Device Manager - Unknown Device.

  • Click on the start button at the bottom left corner of your Windows screen to access the start menu.
  • Right-click on "Computer" and then click on "Manage."
  • If you have not already done so. Plugin your Xbox 360 Wireless receiver adapter from China and it should show up as just an Unknown Device.
  • Right-Click on "Unknown Device" under the Other Devices tab and then click on "Properties."

Unknown Device Properties Driver Update Once in the Unknown Device Properties; Select the driver tab on the top and press the Update Driver button.

Browse Computer for Driver Software. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software."

Let Me pick from a list of drivers. Regardless of what the search box says here, click on "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer."

Update Driver Software - Show all devices. Click on Show All Devices and then click the Next button in the bottom lower right to continue.

Update Device Software - Have Disk Button You do not need to wait for the system to retrieve a list of devices, simply click on the "Have Disk..." button to continue.

Install From Disk.From here it will state that it wants to install from the A:\ drive under "Copy manufacturer's files from" at the bottom of the window. remove that and paste this in its place. For 64-bit:


For 32-bit:


For XP and Windows 7 xusb21.inf mod:


Alternatively, you can click the Browse button and manually navigate to the folder if you unzipped it to a different location than I did.

Select the Xbox 360 wireless receiver driver. You should be now approaching familiar territory with the original blog where you can now select the Xbox 360 receiver for windows. Select that and if necessary click the next button.

Update Windows Driver Warning message.Finally, click yes to begin installing this driver.

Driver Update is now complete. If you see this and there are no errors in your original device manager after you click on the close button. Then you are set and you may proceed back to the original blog dealing with the installation of the Xbox 360 Receiver adapter for the PC.


7 thoughts on “Xbox 360 Receiver – Manual Install.

    • What does your hardware ID report your receiver as? Right-click on the unknown device and click properties. Click on the details tab and change the property drop-down back to Hardware ID’s.

  1. actually forget that LOL

    i was looking at the other one sorry

    when i enter that after doing everything, it tells me that theres nothing there compatible with my device?

    • Okay, you were getting an unknown device. was it emitting a hardware ID? to check this you can right-click properties, then over to details, and use the dropdown window to go to hardware IDs and it should emit something like USBVID_045E&PID_0291 . if it's all 0's or question marks then the USB bus is not picking the hardware ID up.

      Also, what OS are you working with? If it's XP you can use the drivers-only download i have .

  2. when i press Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer

    theres no box to ask what kind of device it is. it just shows one kind of driver named unknown device


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