Xbox 360 Controller plugged to USB with "Play and Charge Kit" does not work

Hello, i've Windows 7 as O.S, and i'm having some problems with my Xbox 360 controllers. When i've bought the play and charge kit for my xbox 360 controller, i heard that it was possible to connect it to te pc in order to play with games for windows live. So, i've started to look for drivers, and i found them in microsoft's hardware official site. I've installed them, then i've restarted my p.c, i plugged in the USB, WIndows recognized the hardware. I thought it was alright. But, even if the hadrware has been recongnized, it doest work. Then I've discovered that "Xbox 360 Accesories 1.2" does't recognize the hardware, and it is not recognized as a gaming Hardware, but as a generic Hadrware.  at that point i've gived up! I've surfed in the internet, trying to find somethig or somemone able to help me, but it was useless. Now i hope you'll be able to solve my problem!

P.S: I've alredy tried to change controller, to change USB port, to change cable, to uninstall and repeat the driver's installation...

Hope i've been clear, and sorry for my bad english!


Hello TheRick.

Unfortunately this won't work.  The Play and Charge kit only connects up to the actual battery.  The controller still connects over wireless.

You'd need either a wired Xbox 360 controller, or a Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver which will connect to your existing wireless controller.

Paul Smith - MVP for Windows Desktop Experience... I've crawled off NNTP - for now. Posting from Aldershot, UK. On the internet at and Please post back letting us know what works and what doesn't. :-)
Paul Smith

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Last updated November 25, 2020 Views 507,282 Applies to: