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]
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ChrisH225 months ago
How do i burn the CD has????
bewarehead1 year ago

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

delwood3 years ago
so this updated my dash but not backwards compatibility. which file do i use for that?
Aeshir (author)  delwood3 years ago
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.
Double M5 years ago
i mean that do i need to update my xbox another time after a while
Aeshir (author)  Double M5 years ago
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 It's outdated.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.
Aeshir (author)  Aeshir5 years ago
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.
fmehdad Aeshir4 years ago
This link does not work, can u give me a newer link.. im in grave danger, i cannot play any of my burnt games...
Is It For Me ?
storres4 years ago
Does anybody know how to fix an xbox 360 that has been banned???
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
Aeshir (author)  storres4 years ago
Not possible. The network adapter has been banned from Xbox Live.
hemsk4 years ago
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 ?

bbowling1 hemsk4 years ago
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?
obatra4 years ago
I wanna noe if xbox cd are compatible in xbox 360!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ya me to!!
2hot2hack4 years ago
can anybody tell me how to copy movies to my xbox360 plz.
storres4 years ago
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!?
knowlsie4 years ago
i instaled shivering isles disc dlc for oblivion and cleared the system cach oops can i get the instalation update for it i havent got the disc anymore or got internet on xbox
volderjort4 years ago
Will it work through internet if i have a banned console??
Aeshir (author)  volderjort4 years ago
LordJustice5 years ago
i have many files in the system update folder. what now?
Aeshir (author)  LordJustice5 years ago
Follow the rest of the instructable.
oh thanks. it updated but i cant play the rest of my old games. boohoo :((
hey i need to know somthing .........that is it the update for playing latest games or is this the dashboard update only ? PLEASE HELP !! thanks
Aeshir (author)  Moosa lub hunk5 years ago
It is both. A system update contains both.
hey tanx for de info.. but can u guide me the way to do it plzzz ........ can u add me at ( me.like.nothing.else@hotmail.com)
Double M5 years ago
i did every step and succeeded but the last step is not working i put the cd in the xbox 360 and then turn it on but no update is displayed
Aeshir (author)  Double M5 years ago
Then you already have it installed. Or you're doing it wrong.
arshiah935 years ago
Can I Play The Copy Game ? Im In Iran And I Can't Find The Original Game And I Should Play The Copy Game . Can I Play ?
Aeshir (author)  arshiah935 years ago
YOU CAN'T. Also it is illegal, and pirating games hurts the industry, and kills developers of the games you play. If you don't buy games, they WON'T EXIST.
Do You understand what i said ?!!! I said i couldn't found original games . original games aren't in iran and we can't find original games , original games are not available in iran and we cant do anything , i know its illegal but what can i do ?!?!?! If u can please send me some original game but u can't , i know . ok ?
Aeshir (author)  arshiah935 years ago
Unless you want to solder a modchip onto the motherboard of your Xbox, and download and burn the games on your own, then no, there is nothing you can do. Why did you buy a 360 if you know you can't even buy games for it in your country? Pirating games is hard for a reason.
What Can I Do To Play The Copy Game ? Do U Have A Way To Update My Firmware Of My Xbox 360 Then Play The Copy Game ? I Dont Know What Can I Do !!! Please Help Me
Aeshir (author)  arshiah935 years ago
ahmadar.005 years ago
hi friends ,.,., i bought xbox before 2 days ago .,. now i am faceing a little problem i need to install game in my hard drive but there is not comming a any option like (install game to hard drive) there is comming just (install game) when i am install game in my xbox after that i want to play game without disk .,.,.,, and my xbox not able to play game without disk when i click on the game who i installed in my xbox there is comming some wrong like (insert disk in the tray).,.,.,. the game is already installed in my xbox,.,.
Aeshir (author)  ahmadar.005 years ago
"Install game" is the option you are looking for. And you do indeed have to still have the disk in the Xbox when you want to play it, otherwise, you could just rent or borrow games, install them, and take the disk back and still be able to play them. The install feature's purpose is to improve load times by putting the game's contents on the hard disk, which data can be loaded faster off of than the regular DVD.
zizo195 years ago
I gave my xbox for someone to do the update for it so I can play new games like mass effect2 .When i put the game it tells me play DVD even after the update is done .I mod my xbox 360 the mod that lets me play in xboxlive .I saw different stuff (new from the update like the avatar there is awards etc.). Please I need a solution.
Aeshir (author)  zizo195 years ago
Something is wrong with your machine. It shouldn't say "Play DVD." You're gonna have to get it repaired. And what do you mean by "I mod my xbox 360 the mod that lets me play in xboxlive?" That's not english. Learn to talk.
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