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

23 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.

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