How to update your Xbox 360

How to update your Xbox 360

Are you getting the most from your Xbox 360? If you don’t regularly update the firmware, then the answer is probably not.

Microsoft has made massive changes to the software that runs the Xbox since it was launched, and with its successor – the Xbox One – due to arrive in a couple of months’ time, there’s even more of a radical overhaul on the horizon.

One big change coming up, for example, is the shift from using prepaid Microsoft Points for game downloads and media rentals to proper money. But to activate this you’ll need to keep your machine up to date.

For starters, you’ll need your Xbox to be connected to your home network. This can be done with an ethernet cable into the back of the console or by using the built-in WiFi connection – you can configure this under the Settings panel of the main menu.

Go to Settings>System Settings>Network Settings and select your WiFi network and enter the password.

This should trigger an automatic update check and download the latest software directly to your console. If not, select Test Xbox Live Connection to force it to check.

If your Xbox isn’t connected to a network, don’t worry. You can update it by downloading the latest firmware to a PC and copying it over to the Xbox on a USB stick.

Download the update file from and then copy it to a flash drive. Make sure it’s not copied into a folder on the drive, but is in the basic root area so that it’s visible as soon as you plug the drive in.

Now insert the flash drive into the USB port of your Xbox, at the back of the console, and restart it.

You should find that it begins updating automatically. Congratulations on getting all the latest features installed.

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