Update Your Xbox 360's Firmware and Backwards Compatibility, Without Xbox Live





Introduction: Update Your Xbox 360's Firmware and Backwards Compatibility, Without Xbox Live

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Use a CD or USB thumb drive to be able to play more Xbox games on your Xbox 360




I'm a huge Splinter Cell fan, so I want to buy or rent Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory some day, as it's the only one I haven't played, aside from Pandora Tomorrow (which is crappy because it's made by Ubisoft Shanghai, not Ubisoft Montreal like Chaos Theory and the original Splinter Cell, which are the only good ones). I don't know if my Xbox 360 already supports backward compatibility (in the Xbox 360's case, the ability to play original Xbox games) for it, so I decided to update it. I don't have Xbox Live (which you would usually use), so I decided to update it by downloading the update from Microsoft.com and putting it on a CD, and then putting that CD in my Xbox 360. I followed the instructions, so I didn't know why I got an "unreadable disc" error. After a lot of searching Google for a solution, I found one. Here is the page where I found out how to make it work.

NOTE: I only tried this using a thumb drive. If you have a writable CD and a thumb drive, use the thumb drive, because it's much easier.

Stuff you'll need:
+ Xbox 360
+ Computer
+ USB thumb drive (recommended) OR writable CD and CD writer
+ Zip file extractor, I use [7-zip.org 7-Zip]

Step 1: Download the Update

First of all, you'll need the update file. Download it from here:


DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THAT PAGE! They do not work. If they did, I probably wouldn't have bothered to write this instructable. Just download the file, that's all you need to do there.

NOTE: Microsoft stopped updating their backwards compatibility for original Xbox games years ago. If your firmware is very old you can try updating it, but if it doesn't work after that, it never will. Also, if you have any way to connect your Xbox 360 to the internet like normal, DO THAT. You will automatically get the latest firmware.

Step 2: Organize Files, and Put on CD or Thumb Drive

Now use your Zip file extractor to extract the contents of the Zip archive somewhere. Once you do that, make sure the file and folder have the proper names. On the CD or thumb drive you are using, the file MUST be named su20076000_00000000, with no extension, and it MUST be in a folder named $SystemUpdate. If they are not in the proper hierarchy, the Xbox will not recognize it and it won't work. These also must be the ONLY files on the CD or thumb drive. It doesn't matter what the name/label of the CD or thumb drive is though.

Step 3: Install on Xbox 360

Once you have burned your CD or copied the files to your thumb drive, make sure your Xbox 360 is turned off, then put the CD in the Xbox 360's disc tray, or put the thumb drive into a USB port on the console, then turn the 360 on. Select Yes, update now, and wait until the update is finished being installed. Your Xbox 360 will now restart, and the update will be installed.



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    130 Discussions

    xbox 360 model 2007 in download update failed. so i need firmware 2007.

    How do i burn the CD has????

    hey dudes i have problem with my xbox 360 arcade after i update it say play dvd and show symbol xbox 360 pliss help in new

    so this updated my dash but not backwards compatibility. which file do i use for that?

    1 reply

    There's only one. If somehow this doesn't work, the only other way is updating via Xbox Live (try playing the game while online). You should just do that anyway if you can.

    I guess, yeah, since other updates are gonna come out eventually. But as this Instructable clearly says at the top of the page, DO NOT USE IT. It's outdated. Also they have stopped updating the backwards compatibility for original Xbox games. If it doesn't work now, it never will.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d7b1a7d8-846b-4ff4-8810-25356ec2c2aa Okay, I updated the instructable with a link to the latest update. Also, if you have any way to connect your Xbox 360 to the internet like normal, DO THAT. You will automatically get the latest firmware.

    This link does not work, can u give me a newer link.. im in grave danger, i cannot play any of my burnt games...

    try downloading hotspot shield oon a laptop then stick it on a usb stick thats all i can think of yooull get that from download.com

    i have moded xbox 360, i want to update the dashboard of xbox without connecting to xbox live, can u pls help me with latesh update available,

    is it any risk to update the dashboard ?

    2 replies

    i just got a xbox 360 and i was updating it and i dont know alot about tht stuff and it restarted its self and it was updating and i thought it was repeting so i canceled an now nothing works not even xbox live

    Hi Hemsk! did u get it sorted? i have the same issue mate! whenever i burn a game on a Dual Layer disc none of them work? ive updated the console and still nothing? i get this messages EVERY time? "this original xbox game is not supported on your xbox 360 console" can u suggest anything pls?

    can anybody tell me how to copy movies to my xbox360 plz.

    I have a question?
    I did everything that you said and its alright.
    but the problem is whe I restar my console then, it has to start the update automaticlly, but it doesn't!
    can you help me PLEASE!?