Xbox 360 Kinect & Windows 10

Xbox 360 Kinect

Buying a second-hand Kinect is a cheap option to get a 3D scanning capable device. Though it is not designed specifically for that purpose it can, using the right application, create a 3D model of an object, a room or a person.

I’ve tried several times to install the XBOX 360 Kinect to my Windows PC with no success, but finally, I’ve made it work.

Xbox 360 Kinect
Xbox 360 Kinect

There is a Windows version of Kinect. It costs about 155€ and I guess it is easier to install on a PC, but I had no intention to expend that money while there are second-hand units for about 20€. A friend of mine bought one for 6€!

What do you need to connect the Xbox device to Windows? You need an adapter that you can order to Amazon and it costs only 12€.

Kinect adapter for PC
Kinect adapter for PC

The converter just feeds with some extra current to our Xbox Kinect and also adapts the Xbox plug to a standard USB 3.0.

There are no more hardware requirements. All you need is to install the software to make it work, and at that point is where I got in troubles.

If you read the available tutorials on the web, the first step is installing Kinect for Windows SDK and after that connecting your Kinect to any USB 3.0 port. The device should be autodetected and de Kinect devices (camera, audio, and motor) will be shown on the Windows Device Manager.

Instead of that, what I got after installing was this:

Xbox NUI Motor
Xbox NUI Motor

If this is also your case and you installed the latest version of Kinect for Windows SDK (version 2.0), try the following:

  1. Unplug the Kinect from the USB 3.0 port
  2. Remove the version 2.0 software (It is advisable though I didn’t remove it from my computer)
  3. Install the previous version of Kinect for Windows SDK (version 1.8):
    1. You can find it at the Microsoft Site
    2. or you can download it from here if it is not available there.
  4. Plug the Kinect again in
  5. The correct drivers will be now installed
Kinect for Windows Devices
Kinect for Windows Devices

What todo do after that?

Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit
Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit
  • Scan an object or even yourself to make a 3D printing
    • Skanect is a very good choice, but the free version only allows exporting a limited number of polygons. Nonetheless, the result is at least curious and you can recognize yourself though you print it using Blue Sky PLA)
      Skanect Scanner
      Skanect Scanner
    • Reconstructme is also a good option, though is less straight and I think it is more focussed on making a virtual color model of the object.
      Reconstructme while Scanning
      Reconstructme while Scanning

Both Recostructme and Skannect will allow you to export a .obj or .stl file and then you can post-process it with the application of your election. 

Xbox 360 Kinect
Xbox 360 Kinect and Skanect

46 thoughts on “Xbox 360 Kinect & Windows 10”

  1. Wow, so easy!! thank your very much for this nice explanation, i read so much about the struggles with kinectV1 in WIN10, and now it simply works!

  2. Were you able to get the Kinect also running within Skype on Windows 10? For me only the Microphone is available but not the cam…

  3. Hi, were you also able to use the Kinect within Skype on Windows 10? If so, can you explain how you did it? Thanks in advance!

  4. Sorry for the double post above, I didn’t see that you have to accept the comment I created.
    Were you able to use the Camera within Skype (personal & enterprise)? If so, were there any additional configurations needed from your side? What Windows 10 version do you have installed? 1909?

    1. Don’t worry about the double post.

      Though I have Skype (both versions) intstalled on my PC I have never used any camera (webcam or Xbox on) within it.

      Sorry, I can’t tell you if it works or not.

  5. I’m having an issue. I downloaded the 1.8 Driver and connected the X BOX 360 Kinect Unit (with the two adapter boxes I got with it), but when I see the drivers in Device Manager, I only see one (“Kinect for Windows Device,” not the other (Camera, Security Control and Audio Array).

    I must be missing something. When I open the Skanect App, or any other ap, it just doesn’t sense the camera. It’s just like the Computer isn’t recognizing the camera. Any input is appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Until you get the right driver installed probably you will not be able to make it work.
      Try to uninstall (and reboot your machine after each software removal) the previous drivers (the latest one)

  6. Mine seems to be working as a microphone. I can’t get it to record using it’s camera in anyway. Is it possible to work in like meetings or just as a camera.

  7. First I downloaded the 1.8 driver then I deleted all the kinect drivers in my download folder, now when i try to re download it doesn’t work. I’ve tried many things and many times but every time it doesn’t work. Any ideas

  8. I keep getting there’s an error and I can not find anyone to help me – it won’t load past the screen before the stick figure comes up. Idk what’s going on but I need help please

    1. I understand your point of view, but English is the most spreaded language. I could write in Spanish, my native language, but probably only a few readers understand Spanish.
      There are excellent translation services available.
      BTW, thanks for commenting 🙂

  9. run the color basics program in the toolkit and screen cap that window. this is very round about way to accomplish your goal but it works well for me.

  10. After following this and many guides and STILL not able to get Kinect 360 working for Windows 10, here is what I ended up doing:

    Following this guide, I still kept ending up with the XBOX NUI drivers under USB drivers, instead of the ones in this guide under Kinect for Windows. What you MUST do is open control panel, right click each of the XBOX NUI drivers, as well as ‘Audios’, and MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE BOX THAT SAYS DELETE THESE FROM COMPUTER. Then, unplugging and replugging in the Kinect will activate the proper Kinect for Windows drivers to install instead.

    What was happening is the basic default drivers Windows 10 wants to install are the useless XBOX NUI/USB kinect drivers, which prevent the drivers from the SDK download from auto installing when the Kinect is connect to your computer. Even simply deleting them doesn’t solve this, which is why its SUPER IMPORTANT to check the box that says remove these from computer.

    1. After following your instructions. all I get when I do the replugin for the usb is xbox nui motor. the light on the xbox 360 kinect still wont come on.

      On my old windows 7 computer with the USB 1 ports at least it lights up the camera as its suppose to.

      Just cannot get this newer Win10 computer to recognize it

  11. THANK YOU so much for this. I had stumbled my way through most of the process on my own (X360 Kinect), though I could never figure out why I couldn’t get ReconstructMe to recognize the Kinect. Turns out I needed both the Kinect sdk AND the developer toolkit installed, and voila, I’m able to scan myself with this ol’ 360 kinect.

  12. This is very neat! I’ve been looking for something to do with the old Kinect, thanks for figuring this out and posting! Super helpful!

  13. Hi! Please with this- I have Xbox 360 Kinect E console (model 1538). Is the model equivalent to kinect v1? And, if yes or/and if does not, will this tutorial work with the model? Im just starting with this, i’d be a great help.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Incase anyone is asking the same question. The tutorial works like a charm with the model stated in the comment 😀 Also, I’m wins10.

      Thank you for the tutorial!

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