I first installed DS4windows without hearing that inputmapper is the better version. so I uninstalled the virtual bus that was installed on DS4windows. than installed inputmapper on the latest patch. I was able to connect it on exclusive mode which made FFXIV recognize the controller, but after 2 or so hours it just disconnected and says some application is using it when I don't even have steam on. I went through everything. installed the auto fix, and reinstalled the virtual bus driver. Nothing worked. But then I checked devices and found a wireless and xbox 360 controller on bluetooth and devices yet all I have is my ds4 on. Even disabling the 360 one. I still cant connect.
I unpaired the DS4 and all other wireless controllers. Paired back up the DS4. turned on inputmapper. Still had the issue, but I noticed that now the 360 controller is showing up on devices for bluetooth and windows controllers.