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Resolving Game Controller Compatibility Troubles for Windows XP

The video game industry has grown larger and larger in the past decades, to the point that it now surpasses even Hollywood when it comes to generating revenue. As the gamer demographic continues to expand, so too does the demand for video game controllers for PCs, such as gamepads, joysticks, or even high-end driving simulator wheels complete with stick shift and pedals. However, while these more sophisticated video game controllers may enhance the gaming experience, they also have the tendency to be difficult to set-up initially, especially if you’re running a PC with a fairly old operating system such as Windows XP.

Windows XP: No Longer a Gamer’s Best Friend?

There was a time when gamers all over refused to part with the venerable old OS because it appeared to be much more reliable and stable than its immediate successor, Windows Vista. Windows XP also generally demanded less system resources to be able to run games, while both Windows Vista and Windows 7 demanded more processing power and as much as double the RAM. While Windows XP has done a great job of maintaining the ability to support even the latest games, it has become apparent that it hasn’t done as well when it comes to keeping up with the latest devices, game controllers included.

So do you need to finally bite the bullet and upgrade to Windows Vista or Windows 7 to get the most out of your gaming devices? Fortunately, you don’t have to just yet. Here are a few tips in order to get your hardware to work with Windows XP:

1) Make Sure It’s Compatible

The first thing you’ll need to determine is if your gaming device will even work with Windows XP. This relatively simple step often goes ignored, leading to many a headache come installation time. All you need to do is look up the device you want at this webpage, which contains Microsoft’s official catalog of Windows XP certified devices. The list is constantly updated, so check back for the status on the latest devices before going out to buy them.

2) Update Your Version of Windows XP

Some hardware requires that certain service packs or updates be installed on your computer in order for them to function properly. All three Service Packs and other upgrades for Windows XP can be downloaded for free from Microsoft’s official support page. Make sure you’re running with the very latest updates, not just for better hardware compatibility, but for better performance and security as well.

3) Get the Latest Drivers for Your Device

Most game devices, especially the more complex ones, come packaged with a CD containing the software needed to run and configure your new hardware. If you’ve installed them properly and still have impaired or no functionality, then your drivers could be out of date. To correct this, you’ll have to download the right driver off the manufacturer’s support page.

This task could entail some searching and verifying, something that you might not have time for. If that’s the case, you should download our Driver Scan Tool and let it do all the searching, downloading, and installing for you, giving you less hardware hassle and troubles for now and for all your future devices to come.

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