Automatically turn XBox controller off with PC

If you have a wireless XBox controller for PC, then you cannot turn the controller off without removing-and-reattaching the battery pack. Further, if you shut your computer off, the XBox controller will keep trying to find the wireless receiver until it drains the battery.

Shutdown script for XBox Wireless Controller for PCs

This project is a ‘shutdown’ script which you can use;

  • Set it as a shutdown script so that it always turns the XBox controller off when turning your PC off
  • Call it directly to turn the XBox controller off

Get Powershell script or Get Executable

Setup

To set it in your shutdown,

Click Start > Run…

gpedit.msc

Go to startup/shutdown scripts:

GPEdit settings

Under the scripts tab, add the powershell script (adding to the PowerShell tab didn’t work for me, I used this tab instead):

Powershell

Or add the EXE directly:

Exe

Apply and close.

Finally, Start > Run…

gpupdate /force

How it works

This script makes use of an undocumented feature of xinput1_3.dll.

These methods, along with their ordinals are:

    # 100:
    DWORD XInputGetStateEx(DWORD dwUserIndex, XINPUT_STATE *pState);

    # 101:
    DWORD XInputWaitForGuideButton(DWORD dwUserIndex, DWORD dwFlag, unKnown *pUnKnown);

    # 102:
    DWORD XInputCancelGuideButtonWait(DWORD dwUserIndex);

    # 103:
    DWORD XInputPowerOffController(DWORD dwUserIndex);

The script or executable simply invoke ordinal 103 with the index of the XBox controller.

    [DllImport("XInput1_3.dll", CharSet = CharSet.Auto, EntryPoint = "#103")]
    internal static extern int FnOff(int i);

And then invoking FnOff(0)

To turn off multiple controllers you would simply invoke FnOff(1) and 2 and so on.

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