Getting my Logitech F710 wireless gamepad to work with Windows 10 (and 10.1)

Logitech F710 wireless gamepad
Logitech F710 wireless gamepad

This post was originally written in November 2015, the advice contained here is no longer valid for Windows 10 version 2004 and newer.

Last night I took the plunge and upgraded my desktop PC from Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit) to Windows 10 Pro (64-bit).

The whole process took less than an hour, and as far as I could see most of my peripherals were still working after the upgrade: laser printer, scanner, webcam.

Of course, the one thing that I forgot to test were my pair of Logitech F710 wireless gamepads, which my three boys use most to play LEGO games. The controllers couldn’t be detected.

I downloaded the latest drivers from the Logitech website, which they claimed were Windows 10-compatible. That didn’t work.

There are instructions below for both Windows 10 and Windows 10.1.

F710 not working Windows 10

Here’s what I did to get them to work; I found the official Logitech forum to be very useful when I originally encountered this issue with Windows 10.

  1. Remove both nano receivers from the PC (I have mine marked 1 and 2, so I know to which gamepad they belong).
  2. Switch the gamepad to D mode.
  3. Insert the nano receiver.
  4. Windows 10 installs drivers for Rumblepad 2.
  5. Remove the nano receiver.
  6. Switch the gamepad to X mode.
  7. Insert the nano receiver.
  8. Windows 10 installs drivers for Wireless Gamepad F710.
  9. Press Windows key + Pause/Break to open System screen.
  10. Click Device Manager.
  11. Locate Wireless Gamepad F710.
  12. Right-click and select “Update Driver Software”.
  13. Click “Browse my computer for driver software”.
  14. Click “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.
  15. Select Xbox 360 Peripherals.
  16. Select Xbox 360 Controller for Windows.
  17. Click Next.
  18. On the Update Driver Warning dialog, click Yes.
  19. Allow the driver to install. You should now see Xbox 360 Controller for Windows listed.
  20. (Optional: if you have more than one controller, keep the working one plugged in but now do the same, starting at step #1, for the other controller.)
Device Manager listing the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
Device Manager listing the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

The controller now works perfectly for me in the LEGO games. Obviously, I’ll report back if there are any further issues.

F710 not working on Windows 10.1

I also found this post, “Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710 Not Working with Windows 10“, on Superuser to be useful when trying to get this working on Windows 10.1. Their advice was as follows.

Make sure your controller is turned off and the wireless receiver is plugged-in to your PC before proceeding with the steps below:

  1. Press Windows key+X (or right-click the start menu icon).
  2. Click “Device Manager”.
  3. Find any listings of “Unknown Device” in the list of devices, likely under Human Interface Devices or Other Devices, or devices that have a yellow “!” warning icon on them.
  4. Right-click each unknown device device and select “Scan for hardware changes” and then “Update Driver Software” > “Search Automatically for Updated Driver” options before the next steps, especially if you have more than one “Unknown Device” listed.
  5. Right-click on “Unknown Device” and click “Update Driver Software”.
  6. Click the option “Browse my computer for driver software”.
  7. Click the option “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.
  8. Near the bottom of the list, select the option that looks something like “Xbox 360 Peripherals” and click “Next”.
  9. From the list, select the driver option “Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows” and click “Next”.
  10. A warning will appear about the possibility of the device or your computer not working properly and likelihood of system instability. Disregard it and click “Yes” in the bottom right corner of the panel.
  11. A message should appear within a few seconds saying that the device has been correctly installed. Click “Ok” and exit out of all device manager windows.
  12. After performing these steps, power on your controller if it is not already powered on.
  13. Then press Win + R to bring up the run dialog and type in joy.cpl and click OK.
  14. This brings up the Game Controllers control panel applet. You can use this to check whether the game controllers have been identified, and if you select the game controller and click “Properties” you can test it: it will demonstrate which joysticks and buttons are being pressed.

Good luck!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

12 thoughts on “Getting my Logitech F710 wireless gamepad to work with Windows 10 (and 10.1)”

  1. To install the Logitech F710 Game Controller drivers on Windows10, you will need to download them from Logitech

    You should end-up with an executable named lgs510_x64.exe or lgs510.exe, depending on your OS install.
    (Running the installer directly will tell you it’s not supported on your system. The actual drivers inside this package will work in Windows 10! In fact, it’s just an installer inside another installer.)

    Once you have the package, use an archive extraction program such as 7-Zip to open the executable (or try changing the .exe extension Inside the executable the archive extraction tool will show two folders:


    Go into the $32 folder and you will see an executable named lgs510_x64.exe, but you’ll notice the icon is different. This is the REAL Logitech driver installer. Just run it and it will install the drivers with no problem.

  2. el gamepad no reeconoce la configuración digital. (x) pero si reconoce el modo analogo (D)
    ¿Encontraste alguna manera de que funcione en modo Digital (x)?

    1. La última vez que realicé una instalación limpia de Windows 10, cuando conecté los nanorreceptores, Windows los reconoció al instante y no tuve que hacer nada más.

      Las instrucciones anteriores son para que funcione en modo digital (X). Pero lo que descubrí fue que primero necesitaba que Windows reconociera los controladores en modo analógico (D), luego eliminara el recibido, cambiara el gamepad a digital (X) y luego volviera a insertar el nanorreceptor.

      Espero que puedas hacer que el tuyo funcione, Carlos. Sé lo frustrante que puede ser.

      The last time I performed a clean installation of Windows 10, when I plugged in the nanoreceivers Windows recognised them instantly and I did not need to do anything else.

      The instructions above, are for getting it to work in digital (X) mode. But what I found was that I needed to get Windows to recognise the controllers in analog (D) mode first, then remove the received, switch the gamepad to digital (X) and then reinsert the nanoreceiver.

      I hope you can get yours to work, Carlos. I know how frustrating it can be.

  3. Awesome, will have to try this but I’m not so bothered now. When I had just updated my Windows 10 (I think it was around May or March 2020?) something breaks the driver..I thought I’d contact Logitech knowing full well it was probably pointless…

    The crap they got me to try…they got me to turn on show hidden files and folders…as a method of trying to get the controller to work..not to look for a file or anything..other thing was to install the logitech software which I already had…I told them its a driver issue….did they have a new one or working on a new one? “We don’t have a new one”. So last time I bother tbh lol.

    I’m use to just using my PS4 controller on my main PC now and retired my Logitech F710 to my Linux laptop.

  4. I’m running Windows 11 and eventually got this working with the default (2006!) HID-compliant game controller driver it installed with. It just needed calibrating with joy.cpl (Win+R):

    D-Pad is straightforward
    “Z Axis” (right analog stick): go Left then Right
    “Z Rotation” (right analog stick): go Down then Up (for non-inverted camera)

    With Windows 10 I had managed with some “Xusb21.inf” old driver version install, but that wasn’t working with Windows 11. I don’t think I had run joy.cpl before though, it might work with the HID driver on Windows 10…

    The standard configuration available for a HID controller is limited and my F710 has enough snappiness on the left analog to run one way and turn around the other way after, because of the sensitivity. There looks to be third party HID tools.

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