[TiG] Tutorial: How to Wirelessly Connect the Xbox One Controller to Your PC

Hey guys this is Yousef with ThatsItGuys.com. I previously made a tutorial on how to connect an Xbox One controller to a PC, which astonishingly received a crazy amount of views. After this video was released, one of the common questions we received was: “Can you connect the controller wirelessly?” and we had to respond with: No, because there was no way to do that at the time. However, Microsoft has finally released the Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows, which I recently reviewed in another video. This adapter was only available for Windows 10, but now Microsoft has made it compatible with Windows 7 and 8, as well. If you are thinking about buying the Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows, or you already have one, then I’ll let me go ahead and show you how to get everything hooked up to your PC. In the description of this video is a link to Microsoft’s Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows, which you obviously will need for this tutorial. This adapter is compatible with Windows 7, as well as the newer operating systems such as Windows 8 or 10.

Installing this wireless adapter on Windows 7, 8, or 10 is actually very easy. All you should have to do is plug the wireless adapter into your PC, then Windows automatically downloads the drivers for you. This video is here to help anyone out who is having difficulty getting that to work. The first step is to confirm you are running the latest Windows updates. Microsoft has automatic updates on by default, but if you didn’t allow that or you haven’t restarted your machine recently, the wireless adapter may not install properly. So to apply the newest windows update to your PC, press the Windows Key on your computer and type in “Windows Update”.

Run Windows Update, making sure you select all the recommended updates, and restart the machine as requested until your system is up to date. This may require running Windows Update a few times, as certain updates are incremental or have prerequisites. Once your PC is completely updated, it should search for and automatically download the drivers when you plug the wireless adapter in. If it does, you’re all set and you’re ready to use your controller. If you’re still having problems, then the next step is to manually run the automatics driver search process. Click on the start menu and type ‘Device manager.’ Under ‘Other Devices’ you should see Xbox ACC. Right click on it, and select ‘Update Driver Software.’ The click on ‘Search automatically for updated driver software.’ Then windows starts searching online for the driver, and should successfully install the drivers. If it’s still not working, I’ll show you how to manually download the drivers from Microsoft.

In the description of this video, we have also provided a link to the driver of the adapter. Open the link and open the Microsoft Update Catalog link in internet explorer. This can be done by copying the link into Internet Explorer. It may ask you to download something when you open the page, go ahead and download it. Ignoring the “DFU” links, the first driver is for 64-bit machines, and the second is for 32-bit machine. Since I am running a 64 bit computer, I am selecting the first link by adding it to my basket. Click on “view basket,” then “download.” Choose a temporary folder, such as your downloads folder, then click “continue”. Close the window and open the download driver in the folder you chose, which was “downloads” for me. Open the the download file until you see four files. Select all the files, right click, then extract them to the same folder, which is “downloads” for me. Go to the folder, right click on “xb1usb” and click “install.” At this point, your driver should be installed and your controller should work.

I was also able to test out the headset which came with my Xbox One that plugs into the controller. This also was an easy setup since Windows automatically recognized the headset. To use the headset, First, make sure your controller is recognized by Windows. Then, right click on the speaker icon, and click recording devices. Right click on Headset Microphone, and set it as the default. Then click on the Playback tab & do the same. Then click “ok” Now you should be able to use the headset for in-game chat, or even Skype or Google Hangouts.

If you run into any issues with your installation, leave a comment below or head over to our forums which are linked in the video description below, and we will be glad to help. Thank you guys for watching, be sure to subscribe for more videos, including more tutorials, reviews, and other tech news.

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