Introduction

If you purchased a Xbox Wireless Receiver for Windows and are wondering how to use it in Windows 7/8.x, this guide will show you since Microsoft uses this adapter as an excuse to push Windows 10. Many users don't want Windows 10 (or would prefer to wait).

Unlike Microsoft doing whatever they have to do to push Windows 10, this guide will show you how to install the receiver while you are still using Windows 7 or 8.

Guide notes

  • In most cases, the receiver will pick up the driver correctly. However, I have included manual installation instructions for situations where this does not happen.
  • These instructions are for Windows 7/8.x systems. These steps are not intended for Windows 10 systems.
Plug your Xbox Wireless Receiver into your PC. Once you do this, you will know if you will need to manually install the driver or the correct driver was picked up automatically. Plug your Xbox Wireless Receiver into your PC. Once you do this, you will know if you will need to manually install the driver or the correct driver was picked up automatically.
  • Plug your Xbox Wireless Receiver into your PC. Once you do this, you will know if you will need to manually install the driver or the correct driver was picked up automatically.

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While this method isn't the most reliable, it is still worth trying as it works in most scenarios. Before going further, see if the driver gets picked up automatically. More often then not, this should work in most scenarios.
  • While this method isn't the most reliable, it is still worth trying as it works in most scenarios.

  • Before going further, see if the driver gets picked up automatically. More often then not, this should work in most scenarios.

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Open Device Manager. The best method to open Device Manager varies by OS. Windows 7: Open the start menu and right click Computer.  Select Properties and then find Device Manager. Windows 8.x: Right click the Windows icon in the task bar. Once you do this, find Device Manager.
  • Open Device Manager. The best method to open Device Manager varies by OS.

    • Windows 7: Open the start menu and right click Computer. Select Properties and then find Device Manager.

    • Windows 8.x: Right click the Windows icon in the task bar. Once you do this, find Device Manager.

  • Locate the Other Devices section. Without a driver installed, the receiver will be found here.

  • On the General page, try to locate the driver with Windows Update. To do this, select Search automatically for updated driver software.

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Note: If this link does not work, search "Xbox Wireless" to find the driver. Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website to locate the driver. Once you locate the correct driver (Microsoft - Net - 1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - 6.3.9600.16384), download the driver. Once you have downloaded the driver, the files will need to be copied to a standard folder. This can be done by moving the files manually or using a program like 7Zip. Select Browse my computer for driver software.
  • Note: If this link does not work, search "Xbox Wireless" to find the driver. Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website to locate the driver. Once you locate the correct driver (Microsoft - Net - 1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - 6.3.9600.16384), download the driver.

  • Once you have downloaded the driver, the files will need to be copied to a standard folder. This can be done by moving the files manually or using a program like 7Zip.

  • Select Browse my computer for driver software.

  • Locate the folder where the driver is downloaded, and select Copy address as text. Paste this in the box that allows you to point Device Manager to the driver.

  • Click Next and install the driver.

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To verify the driver was installed correctly, check if the receiver shows up under Network Adapters. If the driver was installed correctly, this is where the device will be found in Device Manager.
  • To verify the driver was installed correctly, check if the receiver shows up under Network Adapters. If the driver was installed correctly, this is where the device will be found in Device Manager.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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