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Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.1 stars

    out of 184 votes

    • 5 star: 48
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 128
  • Current version:

    2.1 stars

    out of 184 votes

    • 5 star: 48
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 128
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  • 1.0 stars

    "This won't install on Vista!"

    July 13, 2009  |   By SpacehunterUK

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    None, how can there be any pros if it won't install on Vista in the first place!

    Cons

    This won't install on Vista, so not much use to me is it!?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 compatability for Vista"

    January 17, 2008  |   By NJLP2007

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    None

    Cons

    HAs anyone had a problem installing this software in Vista or is it possible? I cannot seem to get it loaded from the actaul driver or from any downloads with patches? Any help or insight would be appreciated.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works fine but not much added to having no software & letting XP do it!"

    November 4, 2007  |   By GeaFmaN

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    It gives you the ability to save profiles for games. Some built in but all for older games.

    but isn't that what this is for anyway, older games??

    A neighbour gave me this joystick today and I am kind of into the novelty of it. stand aside game pad, let me try this!!! going to install Flight simulator now and test it out fully!!!!

    Cons

    Nothing really. If anyone has problems getting their sidewinder recognised in XP then it is really simple:

    DO NOT INSTALL THIS SOFTWARE FIRST!"

    Just plug in the Joystick, reboot the PC, then go into sound and game controllers in control panel. there you will see you can ADD or REMOVE. Well, click ADD and scroll down until you find Microsoft sidewinder (Auto-detect)./ click that one and then OK it.

    Next thing you will see the bubble near the clock telling you 'NEW HARDWARE FOUND. then it will say Installing drivers' then when it's finished with all that, you have a working joystick. now reboot just to be sure, THEN INSTALL THIS SOFTWARE!

    now everything works!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Sounds like a good solution but need more details of "how to do it"."

    September 21, 2007  |   By dbrett1

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    Sounds like a good solution but need more details of "how to do it" which an absolute novice would find easy to understand. Does it apply to XP Home?

    I need it for FS 2002.

    My Sidewinder Pro is USB version, part number X03-57540 and PID 85791-579-4387364-00000 and I find it produces a sensitivity too much for the joystick.

    Look forward to response please Landbobby! Thanks.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "ms sidewinder joystick"

    August 1, 2007  |   By landbobby

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    I had an old ms sidewinder joystick from 2000. I up graded to win xp but it would not work on xp. I downloaded the 3.2 version of the driver, still would not work. So I put my flight simulator in and started it at the top of the screen I went to options scrolled down to controls just to find that the controler had been disabled, when I enabled it the old joy stick worked just like new......I hope this helps someone.........thanks

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not for newer systems - Vintage enthusiasts only"

    August 5, 2006  |   By RealtySuperstar

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    Download worked fine - but would not install on VISTA

    Cons

    I found an old Sidewinder (without the driver disk) at the thrift store and attempted to install it on a P-4 machine using an old-fashioned (pre-USB) "game port".

    I am running Windows VISTA-Beta2 pre-release and thought it would be fun to try... But I got the message: "This program has known compatibility issues - The system cannot find the file specified". --

    It is no one's fault - it's just older technology that served it's purpose and brought us to where we are. --

    If you are running new hardware and software, just buy it new.. (joysticks are cheap enough) and leave the older stuff to the collectors and vintage gaming enthusiasts.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unbelievable!"

    April 3, 2006  |   By attila_the_gorilla

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    Nottin

    Cons

    Just got a Sidewinder Force feedback wheel second hand. It`s game port version. It`s officially supposed to work with Win 2000, but trust me it doesn`t. Force feedback doesn`t work, u can`t test it, adjust it, nothing at all. Well you could, if you were able to install this stupid piece of software. But of course you can`t. There is a 4.0 version for Win 2000, but ONLY FOR USB connection!!! All I can say is: WHY??? Rip-off by Microsoft.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "doesn't work on XP home edition"

    January 22, 2006  |   By 2YCNs

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    none.

    Cons

    It doesn't work on XP Home edition. This is the exact same file that is on Microsoft's site. When trying to run it says "Sidewinder Game Device Software 3.x installs drivers that are incompatible with this version of Windows. For more information, contact Microsoft." Also, XP included drivers work fine - I need the software that lets you program the buttons to games that don't support the joystick. I suspect that is what this is but it is for Win 9x.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "TOTALLY USELESS"

    December 20, 2005  |   By prnkstr

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    None

    Cons

    Didint work....so microsoft...:(

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  • 3.0 stars

    "If drivers don't work on WinXP"

    March 14, 2005  |   By JohnD55

    Version: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Controller Software 3.02

    Pros

    Auto-driver-detection doesn't work for me in winxp, this tool does: users.telenet.be/BuiZe/sidewinder/

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