Drivers for xbox 360 controller on windows 8?

Hi, i want to connect a xbox 360 controller to my windows 8 computer, but i want to ask a few questions before i buy one, since i otherwise use a ps3 controller. First of all, do i need any drivers for an xbox controller on windows 8, or are they preinstalled? Can i just plug the controller in to the pc and use it? If not, where can i get the drivers? Do i have to buy a controller that comes with a cd with the drivers on them, or can i use a controller that came with a xbox 360? And how do i connect a controller to steam?
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  1. My son bought some dongle which connects (wirelessly) 360 controller to his desktop. I don't think any drivers were needed, but I can ask him over the weekend.
  2. I would guess, assuming it's a usb controller (that's the one i've seen) that it would be a plug and play type thing where windows will detect and download needed drivers like it would do for a new usb drive or usb mouse/keyboard. If not then microsoft would probably have drivers since it is their product. I would browse this page: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/xbox-360-controller-for-windows#support
    for more info, it seems like there is accessory software they list but i'm not sure if it is acutally useful
  3. ok, thanks
  4. So, checked with my son - he bought something like that http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Pc-Gaming-Receiver-Xbox-xbox360/dp/B0076HD2W8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380555904&sr=8-1&keywords=xbox+usb+receiver
    It seems there are lot of knock-offs on Amazon, so check reviews
  5. I might have recommended something like: http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Xbox-360-Controller-Windows/dp/B004QRKWLA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380558094&sr=8-1&keywords=xbox+360+computer+controller

    It's more expensive, but at least you know what you're getting. And if it's on a computer you probably won't be sitting the same distance away as you might for a console
  6. If you go to this link: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/d/xbox-360-controller-for-windows
    Download the driver for windows 7, its what worked for me, but it does not work with wireless controllers
  7. thanks mmick777
  8. mmick777 said:
    If you go to this link: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/d/xbox-360-controller-for-windows
    Download the driver for windows 7, its what worked for me, but it does not work with wireless controllers


    will it work with a play n charge?
  9. Yep it auto installs drivers for 8.1 i plugged in my afterglow xbox 360 controller and it saw it and auto installed necessary drivers.
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