Introduction: How to Use a Laptop for Xbox Live

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Today i will show you how to use a windows Vista laptop as a wireless adapter for a xbox 360.I'm not sure if it will work with windows xp or windows 7 but it might.

Step 1: What You Need

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For this you will need:
A xbox 360
A vista laptop that has internet connection
A ethernet cable

Step 2: Set Up Your Laptop

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First click on the start menu and go to network

Step 3: Seting Up

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then you should go to a page (look at the pic) and then click on "network and sharing center"

Step 4: Seting Up

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now you should be on this page (look at pic) then click on "manage network connections"

Step 5: Seting Up

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then you shold be on this page (look at pic) the right click on "wireless network connection" and go down to "properties" and click on that

Step 6: Seting Up

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then this should pop up (look at pic)  just click on "continue.  
then this should pop up (look at second pic)  then click sharing.
then check both the boxes (look at third pic)
then go to the bottom and click "ok" (look at last pic)

Step 7: Connecting

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now all you have to do is connect your ethernet cable to your laptop and xbox.
now first your laptop must be on and open to work and then turn on your xbox
if it doesnt work then:1. make sure the laptop is on.
2.make sure the laptop is on before you turn on the xbox.
if it still wont work just put a comment and i will try to help you.


lkeating2 (author)2013-12-03

I tried on windows 8. It didnt work for me

weavernater (author)2012-12-25

So i guess no idea for windows 8, Ill have to check it doesnt do it it self first but i cant check it yet. I love my laptop

jonnn_m (author)2011-11-22

when i get to the sharing tab, when i click the top box and then ok i get an error message, it says " an error occured while ICS was being enabled. can anyone help me or had the same problem and figured it out? thanks guys.

spiffy956 (author)2011-11-12

I will try this tomorrow. (Cool xbox btw.)

dhammell (author)2011-10-25

It worked to the T. No bridging neccesary. Yay

mjohnston10 (author)2011-10-09

i dont have a sharing tab how do i get it?

shot789 (author)mjohnston102011-10-15

If you dont have a sharing tab then your router probably cant share a connection

sniperfourlife (author)2011-04-29

i have attempted to do this multiple times and still it does not work, im am using a modem hooked to the laptop and still nothing happens, please comment whenever you can to help me.

ineedhelpnoww (author)2011-01-02

Hello, thanks for the tutorial; however, I am having trouble at the step where you share the connection, after i click properties on my vista laptop there is no sharing tab anywhere, so i cannot proceed.

Please tell me what to do.


b3ctx (author)2010-07-26

a regular ethernet or a crossover

doodos (author)2010-07-03

my problem, you probably can't help me with, my dad has a laptop, but he wont let me use it, maybe i could convince him. the only way you could help me is by telling me how to convince my dad!!!

necrogrl (author)2010-03-26

so, theres no bridging involved??

daveazar (author)2010-02-23

You can connect to xbox live using this method but i personally wouldn't recomend it.

i've gone through about 12 -15 (wasn't really counting)  xbox's since i bought my 1st console 2nd hand a few of them stopped working for other reasons but l went through the most of them when i shared my laptops internet connection through xp.

I connected in this way for approximatly 3-4 months when i was connected in this way i went through around 8 -10 most of which had the same error i can't remember the exact code but console displayed 3 red lights and error message i asked guy at the store were a kept returning my consoles and he said the error was to do with hardware failure on the ethernet port.

I kept getting newer consoles which also broke the one i have now is one that i had previously returned but having been repaired shortly after recieving this console i stopped connecting through my laptop and i've had this one for at least without and problems.

I would risk this if you don't have a guarantee on your xbox i was lucky that with store i bought my console from i could just go a swap it for another there and then with out having to send it off.

Holbrook15 (author)2010-02-17

I'm using the connection it works. BUT everytime I play, the server times like every two minutes. Does anyone know how to fix this? or what would cause this? Because the connection is always excellent or very good. HELP PLEASE!!!

shake123 (author)2010-02-09

under LAN it says unidentifyd network ??

tinixterryx3 (author)2010-02-06

same here, it says error occured. please help

shot789 (author)tinixterryx32010-02-07

it means your router wont work with xbox live for some reason

nwells21 (author)2010-02-02

I have a question if it says an error occured while the network was enabling what exactly does that mean and what can i do about it so i can hook up my xbox to my laptop. Thanks Nate

shot789 (author)nwells212010-02-03

 TO EVERYONE WHO'S LAPTOP SAID ERROR: Now i know what the error thing is because i went to my friends house and the same thing happened with the error message. It means that your wireless router wont work with xbox live for some reason.

LeodeDog (author)2010-01-23

 it says an error occured when i clicked it.

Ayane (author)2010-01-16

Yay! it worked! thank you very much..

Gage987 (author)2010-01-08

nice skin.

skittlerthe3rd (author)2009-12-31

After i follow all of the steps, i went to test the PC Connection on my xbox 360, and it pops up and say Pc Not Listed...... So i cant figure out how to get it on the list, please help me.

Shredder543 (author)2009-12-28

umm... it says that the connectivity to the xbox is "little or none" any ideas on how to fix this?

shot789 (author)Shredder5432009-12-30

its guna almost always be a crappy connection but for it to be a better connection  just make sure your wireless connection is good.

Also if you have a desktop computer then for some reason the connection is on the xbox is better than a laptops connection.

mike got errors (author)2009-12-22

ok so iv done this set up before on the same laptop and no problems at all worked first time.

Recently formatted my laptop.. now when i try to click the share box i get an error,

- 'an error occurred while internet connection sharing was being enabled'

i worked my way around that but now when clickin to bridge the connection i get this other error 

- ' to create a network bridge, you must select at least two lan or high-speed internet connections that are not being used by internet sharing'

note i can bridge connections fine without share ticked. i have tried goin on CMD n resetting somestuff on there and have checked if certain services are enabled. 

any clue?  sorry this was a bit lengthy  =|


shot789 (author)mike got errors2009-12-23

i really dont know but you should make sure that your wireless router can share a connection (most do) and can support xbox live connection

hardcorebeauti (author)2009-12-12

i tried everything you said but it still won't work.
it says error when i try to share the connection.

shot789 (author)hardcorebeauti2009-12-12

make sure your using windows vista and make sure BOTH boxes are checked in step 6 and make sure your wireless internet has a decent signal 

hardcorebeauti (author)shot7892009-12-12

I don't have the option for sharing when I click on the properties.

shot789 (author)hardcorebeauti2009-12-13

well i guess i dont know what it is   so sorry

gonzalvj (author)2009-12-11

i believe it thanks!

codenameblackbird (author)2009-11-25

Thanks this one actually worked. I tried another one that required bridging and stuff but when I tried to use internet on my laptop it wouldn't work. this one actually works great. Thanks!

murdm3n (author)2009-11-24

 this didn't help me. I've tried multiple times.

shot789 (author)murdm3n2009-11-24

you tried to connect to xbox and it didnt work       make sure your laptop is open and on before you turn on the xbox

murdm3n (author)shot7892009-11-24

 It was. i found out my router is not accepted by xbox live so i cant go through the router... could that be the problem? thanks

shot789 (author)murdm3n2009-11-25

 yes that probably is the problem then

TcFlux (author)2009-11-21

This was super helpful. Thank you very much!

Interrogator (author)2009-11-15

 Thanks this really helped

patrickwight (author)2009-11-11

Hey i really need help to figure out how to to this since switched to Windows 7? any advice?

 On Windows 7 you need to go to the 'Network and Sharing Center', then to the right of where it shows your connection (ex. home network)  next to 'Connections:' it shows your connection and the signal strength. Click on that. Then, on the bottom left of the window it opens click on 'properties'. In the next window that opens you should be able to do the end of step 5.

shot789 (author)patrickwight2009-11-11

idk how to do it on windows 7 but i would think it would be the same but if not then i have no idea       sorry

gr8goalie (author)2009-11-12

Thank you so much this saved me hours instead of having to figure it out for my self! :P thanks a tonne

iamsickhahaha (author)2009-11-08

 WOW. it worked!!! THANKS.

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