Question Windows 10 keeps installing the same PowerA Xbox One Controller on every reboot causing devices to pile up!!!


Nov 29, 2015
10 months ago I had a problem with Windows 10 reinstalling the same gamepad driver on and on with the PowerA Xbox One Enhanced Green Hint Controller. I could not solve the problem and I decided to return it for a full refund as the controller wasn't clear on PC support.

Anyway, a couple of days ago I decided to buy a new Xbox One Controller from Argos UK with a slightly different model. Thought I'll make myself happy in time for Christmas.
This time the packaging on the box shows Windows 10/11 Support and PC compatible.


Unfortunately, to my shock I am still being faced with this issue. Upon restarting Windows, Windows 10 will reinstall an extra device leaving me with extra greyed out devices in Devices and Printers.

Interestingly when I look back at the Events it shows requires further installation. I do not know what is that further installation because quite frankly the controller is working perfectly fine. I have tested all the buttons and even the advanced gaming button, all working fine without issues. Thing is, it will show as successfully installed.

If I unplug and re-plug, Windows will not reinstall again. But as soon as I reboot the computer or shut it down and turn it back on, it will attempt the same vicious cycle.

10 months ago as you can see it was the PowerA Xbox Series X Enhanced EnWired Green Hint that I had in my previous screenshots. Now I bought the PowerA Xbox Series X Enhanced EnWired Cotton Candy Blue.

The same issue is occurring. Every restart only the gamepad is being reinstalled. All other devices remain fixed. I even upgraded a few months ago my monitor successfully and Windows doesn't reinstall that. Why is this happening only with the gamepad? It is incredibly frustrating, when the controller is working perfectly fine. I'm now completely lost, I know a Windows 10 reinstall might fix it, but it would be a big hassle just to fix this issue.


Win 11 Master
what happens if you unplug controller,
Go into Device manager

  1. Select the View menu and turn on Show Hidden Devices.
  2. Expand the node that represents the type of device that you want to uninstall, right-click the device entry for the device you want to uninstall, and select Uninstall.
  3. On the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, if you wish to remove the driver package in addition to uninstalling the device, select the Delete the driver software for this device option. When ready to complete the operation, select OK.
then plug controller back in and see if it does it next start.

its likely the new one uses the same chips in it and is close enough to the other one to make windows do it again.
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