I have installed my drivers and paired the device up to the computer. I have given it a quick run through on Steam Big Picture mode to make sure it’s all working and behaving as I’d expect it to, but now I need to spend time doing something else. I have exited Big Picture mode but my Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows has remained powered and doesn’t seem to want to switch itself off.
I have tried holding down the Guide button in the middle of the controller, which is how I switched it on in the first place, but this doesn’t appear to do anything. I also can’t find any other buttons on the controller that would seem to affect whether the controller is powered or not.
How can I turn off a Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows?
If you’re playing a ‘Games for Windows Live’ enabled game, you should be able to shut it off through the fancy Windows Live menu that appears get when you press and hold the Guide button (the big green X in the center).
If you’re not playing a Windows Live, enabled game, it looks like you’re out of luck; the only way to shut off your controller short of popping the batteries out is to leave it inactive for a period of time (reports online vary; anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes seems to cover the range).
However, you’re not the only one who has been annoyed by this, it seems. I found a free utility for Windows that appears to give you some extra functionality when you press and hold the Guide button, and it allows you to shut off your controller through a brand new dialog box.
Check it out: Xbox 360 Controller Manager
Note: The english description is below the Hungarian one on the linked website.