Drivers for Kinect for Windows sensor?

Category: kinect for windows v1 sdk


HMHBain on Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:16:19

I'm having trouble getting my Kinect for Windows sensor set up on Win8. I've downloaded the SDK v1.8 and installed it several times. I understood all the necessary drivers were contained within. When I plugged in the sensor, nothing happened. I looked at the device and it said it had no drivers (Xbox NUI Sensor). Anything I open, like the Dev Toolkit tells me I have no Kinect device installed. I've uninstalled and re-installed the SDk several times (with Kinect plugged in and not plugged in) and restarted between resintalls as well and haven't had any luck (the light on the front of the Kinect doesn't even come on, though the light on the plug box does). What is my best course of action to get this thing up and running? Is there somewhere else I can get the necessary drivers?


Sander L on Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:29:13

I'm having the same problem. Have you solved it already?

Rob Relyea [MSFT] on Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:14:25

Just to clarify, the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, requires the v2 sdk, which is now available in public preview at:

If you are having problems with the v1 sensor, please make sure to state that clearly, as there are now 2.


Rob Relyea | Program Manager | Kinect Team | @rrelyea

HMHBain on Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:11:31

Cool. Thanks. I believe it is V2 (according to the documentation, though I don't see much on the device itself other than Model 1656. I thought I'd downloaded that SDK already, but I'll go try it again. Kinect unplugged during install, right?

Carlos González on Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:07:34

Having same problem. received two days ago (great Microsoft delivery service!) two Kinect 2 :-)

But when usb is plugged, the Driver Software Installation window, says that  XBox NUI Sensor has not been found!

The interesting thing is than audio driver is installed and I can use the microphone (ie Skype), but not the video. In fact the Kinect does not have any light indicator on.

I´m trying to run the kinect studio demos on a laptop 8GB DDR3 RAM, running Windows 7 Ultimate X64 (Any compatibility issue?) with DirectX11, Nvidia GeForce GTX765M 2GB dedicated GDDR5, 2 USB 3.0 ports, chipset Intel® HM87 

Vincent GUIGUI on Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:44:33

  • Kinect v1 has a trapezoidal shape with a silver tube below the main part. It also has 3 front facing lenses
  • Kinect v2 has a rectangular shape and has one big lens

Kinect v1 works with USB 2

Kinect v2 works with USB 3 which is supported by Windows 8 only

Vincent Guigui Innovative Technologies Expert at OCTO Technology Kinect For Windows MVP award

PlumCantaloupe on Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:47:07

Having the same problem. Kinect 2 is plugged in, power light is white, and device manager sees a NUI device. Unfortunately none of the SDK V2 apps recognize the Kinect ...

Malcolm Langille on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:39:16

I'm having the same problem. Kinect 2 is plugged in, power light is white, and device manager sees the sensor with no errors. But the applications are showing a black screen. Starting to wonder what to do? Right now I have a $200 brick on my desk :(

Carlos González on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:28:00

Ok, eventually I got it.

PC with Windows 8, USB3.0,... and SDK 2.0 installed recognized Kinect 2.0 (the rectangular shape one with one big lens).

Without the SDK2.0 still had problem with the XBOX NUI Driver.


Daniel Cohn on Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:04:05

Having the same problem, the windows 8 usb solution works for the SDK 2.0 but the SDK 1.8 is supposed to support windows 7 and usb 2. Same deal, installed and uninstalled the SDK, changed plugs/usb ports, no luck at all, the SDK and Developer Toolkit installs fine but once I plug in the Kinect 2.0 it fails to load the drivers and in the device manager the Kinect comes up under Other Devices as an error flagged Xbox NUI Sensor. White light is on the power unit but no light on the kinect itself.

Upgrading to a new operating software is not an option. How is this solved? Has anyone managed to get this to work with the SDK 1.8?

Carmine Si - MSFT on Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:46:45

The v2 SDK only works for the v2 sensor and does not work with v1. V1.8 only works with the original Kinect sensor only.

To get v2 to work, see the system requirements listed in the docs:

biorpg on Sat, 20 Feb 2016 12:00:07

Install Windows 8.1 or 10 on a separate partition. Install the SDK v2.0 and plug in/configure the Kinect v2. Reboot into Windows 7 and manually copy all the related files from the SDK and Kinect drivers. Use Device Manager to manually specify the copied drivers for the Kinect v2.