Xbox Controller Not Recognized Device Manager Troubleshoot

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Update USB and Controller Drivers

To update USB and controller drivers, first ensure your Windows is up to date with the latest patches and updates from Windows Update. Then, navigate to Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting it from the context menu. Locate the USB host adapter and Xbox controller under the “Universal Serial Bus controllers” and “Xbox Peripherals” sections, respectively. Right-click on each and select “Update driver.

” Choose to search automatically for updated driver software, and follow the on-screen instructions. Additionally, you can download the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website and use a tool like ASMedia to uninstall old drivers before installing the new ones. After updating the drivers, restart your computer and check if the Xbox controller is now recognized.

Updated: June 2024

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Troubleshoot with Hardware and Devices

Xbox controller not recognized in Device Manager

If your Xbox controller is not being recognized by Device Manager, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take. First, try connecting the controller to a different USB port on your computer. If that doesn’t work, try using a different USB cable.

If the issue persists, it’s possible that the device driver for the controller is not installed correctly. You can check for driver updates in Device Manager by right-clicking on the controller and selecting “Update driver.”

Additionally, make sure that your Windows 10 or Windows 11 is up to date with the latest patches and updates from Windows Update. If you’re using a wireless controller, make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your computer.

Ensure the USB Cable is Functional

  • Check for physical damage on the USB cable, including fraying, kinks, or bent connectors.
  • Try using a different USB port on your computer or console to rule out a port issue.
  • Test the USB cable with another device to see if it is recognized.
  • Ensure the USB cable is securely plugged in to both the controller and the device you are trying to connect it to.

Refresh Windows and System Updates

Next, update the device drivers for your Xbox controller. Open Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting it from the context menu. Locate the Xbox controller under the “Xbox Peripherals” section, right-click on it, and select Update driver. Choose to search automatically for updated driver software.

If your controller is still not recognized, try uninstalling and reinstalling the device. Go back to Device Manager, right-click on the Xbox controller, and select Uninstall device. Then unplug the controller, restart your computer, and plug it back in to let Windows reinstall the drivers.

By refreshing Windows and updating your device drivers, you can troubleshoot the issue of your Xbox controller not being recognized in Device Manager.


Why is my Xbox One controller driver not showing up?

Your Xbox One controller driver may not be showing up because it is corrupted or missing, or the USB cable may not be compatible with your controller. Additionally, the issue could be related to the USB port on your PC. Try connecting your controller to a USB port on the back of your PC to resolve the problem.

Why isn’t my computer finding my Xbox controller?

My computer may not be finding my Xbox controller because there could be interference from USB devices. Try unplugging all USB devices connected to your computer, then restart and try connecting the controller again.

Where is Xbox controller in Device Manager?

The Xbox controller can be found in Device Manager by pressing Windows + X and then selecting Device Manager. Look for the Microsoft Xbox One Controller category and double click to expand it. Then, select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and wait for Windows to look for the driver update and install it.

Why wont my controller show up in Device Manager?

My controller won’t show up in Device Manager because the driver may need to be updated. To do this, press Windows + X and select Device Manager, then right-click on the unknown device and select Properties. Finally, click on the option to search automatically for updated driver software.

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