How to Fix DS4Windows Not Working on Windows 11?

DS4Windows, as an open-source gamepad input mapper and virtual emulator, is designed to use and connect your PlayStation controller (DualShock 3/4 and DualSense 5) to a Windows 10 & 11 PC. But recently, many players reported that DS4Windows does not work on Windows 11device, though the X86- 64 version supports DS4Windows.

Can I run DS4Windows on Windows 11 and how to fix DS4Windows not working on Windows 11 will be introduced in this article.

How to Fix DS4Windows Not Working on Windows 11?

Can I Run DS4Windows on Windows 11?

Although Windows 11 supports DS4Windows, you can check the system requirements below (which are also listed on the official website) to ensure that DS4Windows could run efficiently.

  • Windows 10 or newer
  • Microsoft .NET 5.0 or higher
  • Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable. x64 or x86
  • ViGEmBus v.1.17.333.0 driver or later (DS4Windows will install it for you)
  • Sony DualShock 4 or other supported controller
  • Connection method:
    • Micro USB cable
    • Bluetooth 4.0 (via an adapter or built in pc). Only use of Microsoft BT stack is supported. CSR BT stack is confirmed to not work with the DS4 even though some CSR adapters work fine using Microsoft BT stack. Toshiba’s adapters currently do not work. Disabling ‘Enable output data’ in the controller profile settings might help with latency issues, but will disable lightbar and rumble support.
  • Disable PlayStation Configuration Support and Xbox Configuration Support options in Steam

How to Fix DS4Windows Not Working on Windows 11?

If your hardware didn’t meet the requirements of DS4Windows, please upgrade to your hardware. While, if your system and hardware meet the requirements, please refer to the solutions below to fix DS4Windows not working issue Windows 11/10 devices.

Method 1: Update Bluetooth drivers

  • Right click Start icon and choose Device Manager;
  • Navigate to Bluetooth;
  • Right click on it and choose Update driver;
  • Select the Search automatically for updated driver software and then Windows 11 will automatically search for the driver and update it for you;
  • Restart your computer to check whether the problem have been fixed or not.
How to Fix DS4Windows Not Working on Windows 11?

Method 2: Update DS4Windows to The Latest Version or Reinstall it;

The easiest way is to download DS4Windows latest version directly from its official website and install it again.

Or you can manually check the updates:

  • Right click the shortcut icon of DS4Windows on the desktop;
  • Choose open file location;
  • Double-click on the DS4Updater to launch it;
  • The update will begin automatically.
Update DS4Windows

Method 3: Re-enable Controller in Device Manager

  • Right click Start icon and choose Run;
  • Type devmgmt.msc in the box and press Enter;
  • Double-click on Human Interface Devices;
Re-enable Controller in Device Manager
  • Right-click on the HID-compliant game controller and select Disable device;
Re-enable Controller in Device Manager
  • After a while, just click to enable the device again;
  • Restart your computer to check whether the DS4Windows Not Working error on Windows 11 has been fixed or not.

The above methods have been tested as effective. Hope you can continue enjoy playing xbox games on your Windows 11 system. But if the error still keeps, please take ask for the official support.


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