Using an Xbox controller on Windows is usually a walk in the park. And playing certain game genres without a controller is slow suffering. So it’s quite a common thing to use a well-built console controller on your PC, like the Afterglow Xbox 360 controller which is remarkably popular if we consider that Xbox 360 is already an outdated console.
However, it seems that the plug-and-play approach won’t work for some users. Luckily, we have a way to fix this below.
How to get the right Afterglow Xbox 360 controller drivers
Due to the cross-platform support and the fact that Microsoft is behind both Xbox and Windows, all controllers should work with a simple Plug-and-Play sequence. Just plug in your controller and wait for the system to install drivers.
After that, you can configure them as you please in the Hardware settings or in the in-game settings. Either way, that’s how it usually works on Windows 10.
However, some users are unable to make it work on its own. The problem is, seemingly, in the driver which works for some while it doesn’t for others. This can be addressed by installing the driver manually in the compatibility mode.
After lengthy research, we haven’t been able to find an Xbox 360 controller driver for Windows 10. However, the Windows 7 one should work without issues once run in the compatibility mode.
Here’s how to do it:
- Make sure that your controller is plugged in USB 2.0 port.
- Download the driver, here.
- Right-click on the installer and run it in the Compatibility mode.
- Reboot your PC.
If that fails, here’s how to locate locally-stored driver which might work:
- Right-click Start and open Device Manager.
- Navigate to Sound, video and game controllers and expand this section.
- Right-click on your controller and choose Update driver.
- Select Browse my computer for driver software.
- Click “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer“.
- Select “Microsoft Common Controller For Windows Class” from the list.
- Choose the latest available driver and install it.
- Reboot your PC.
That should do it. After that, you should be having a fully functional afterglow Xbox 360 controller for Windows 10. If you’re still having issues with it, tell us in the comments section and we’ll gladly help you.
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