How to Convert Xbox Games to PC Format

Updated February 21, 2017

The Xbox uses DVD discs to play games on its DVD drive. You can convert your legally owned Xbox game into the ISO-compatible PC format using a DVD-copying program on the computer. There are a number of DVD-copying programs to choose from, with many of them freely distributed or available to use on a trial basis. The Xbox game that has been copied to the PC’s hard drive can then be modified with a Xbox-modding program on the PC, copied to another DVD disc or even played using an Xbox-emulator program.

Download a DVD-copy program to the PC's desktop, for example the free DVD Decrypter program or the free Burn4Free program (see the links in Resources). Double click on the file once downloaded. Follow the menu commands to install the program onto the PC's hard drive.

Eject the DVD disc tray. Put the Xbox game disc on the disc tray. Close the disc tray.

Launch the DVD-copy program by selecting it from the "Start," "All Applications" pop-up menu.

Select the DVD drive from the "Devices" drop-down menu on the DVD-copy program's main screen. Select "Data" or "ISO/data" from the "File type" or "Format" drop-down menu on the DVD-copy program's main screen.

Select the "Browse" button next to the "Destination" or "Output" tab on the DVD-copy program's main screen. Navigate in the window that appears to the desktop. Click the "OK" button to close the window.

Click the "Start" or "Copy" button on the DVD-copy program's main screen. Wait as a progress bar appears on the bottom of the screen and fills in from left to right. Quit the DVD-copy program when the progress bar has completely filled in.

Eject the DVD drive's disc tray. Remove the Xbox game disc. Close the disc tray.


Blow off the Xbox video-game disc with compressed air before putting it into the PC's DVD drive. Don't have other programs running while you are copying the Xbox video game.

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."