When you plug a Microsoft SideWinder Standard joystick into the gameport of your Windows XP computer, the Control Panel / Game Controllers applet does NOT provide support for the joystick.
To workaround this lack of support:
1. Open the Control Panel / Game Controllers applet.
2. Select Microsoft SideWinder 3D Pro (under Controller) and press Remove.
3. Press Add.
4. Select 2-axis, 4-button joystick and press OK.
5. Press OK to close the Game Controllers applet.