Xbox 360 Controller and USB 3.0: Troubles

After plugging my 360 controller into my new laptop, my keyboard and trackpad suddenly stopped working.

Apparently this was due to a registry error which had to be fixed by a friend of mine.

I was wondering if this was due to the controller being USB 2 vs my USB 3 ports. If not, what would be some possible solutions so that this doesn't occur again?

I checked Microsofts website for the software downloads for connecting 360 controllers, but it doesn't show an option for Windows 8/8.1 devices.