Installing a XBOX360 Controller in Windows Vista X64 can be painful!

Well, I like to learn from mistakes others did and so I decided when I wanted a Xbox360 controller, don’t get the wireless one as others have problems with it.

You know there is this golden rule: Never use the old drivers coming with a product on a CD since those drivers are old and obsolete. Download from their homepage instead and so I did.

However what I noticed was, as soon as I plugged in the controller, the USB Sound card / USB headset would stop playing properly. All was overamped and shaked, a really awful sound experience!

Yes, the driver seemed to conflict with the C-Media sound codecs that are coming with Vista. I have tried several USB ports of course, until I just decided to put it into my 2nd USB hub and uninstall the driver and the driver file from the Device Manager and let it reinstall by letting it searching for the drivers online which obviously downloaded and installed some old drivers, since If I would run Windows Update now it will tell me that there is an update from November 2007 containing the latest drivers from August 2007!

I decided to hide it from the selection since it works now!

How to see whether I have successfuly installed the stock driver?

Here is how to see it:

Go to the Device Manager and check the driver details of the “XBOX 360 Controller” in the device class “Microsoft Common Controllers”

If yours reads the same like mine you should be fine:

“Driver Date: 21.06.2006
Driver Version: 6.0.6000.16386″

Also the XBOX Guide button won’t work which is a sign that you won the battle.

I have informed the XBOX 360 Hardware support about this, too.

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