How to Flash Your Xbox 360 Using a USB Port

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How to Flash Your Xbox 360 Using a USB Port
Download Xbox 360 updates onto a USB flash drive. (usb flash drive image by NatUlrich from

Microsoft regularly updates the Xbox 360 with new system software. These updates often include new Xbox 360 features in addition to fixing bugs. Xbox 360 consoles normally update automatically when they connect to Xbox LIVE. If you don't have an account with Xbox LIVE or a sufficiently fast Internet connection, you can also flash your Xbox 360 with the newest system software by plugging a flash drive with the downloaded update into its USB port.

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  • USB flash drive

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  1. 1

    Open Microsoft's Xbox 360 update page.

  2. 2

    Scroll down on the page and click "Click Here" under the "Update Using a USB Flash Drive" header.

  3. 3

    Click "Save" to save the file to your computer.

  4. 4

    Double-click the downloaded "SystemUpdate" zip file on your computer and double-click the "$SystemUpdate" folder inside it.

  5. 5

    Click "Organize" and "Select All," then click "Organize" and "Copy."

  6. 6

    Plug a USB flash drive into your computer's USB slot.

  7. 7

    Click "Start," click "Computer" and double-click the icon of your USB flash drive.

  8. 8

    Click "Organize" and "Copy" to copy the update files onto your flash drive.

  9. 9

    Right-click the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon in your computer's system tray after the files finish copying, and click "Eject" for your USB flash drive.

  10. 10

    Unplug the USB flash drive and plug it into your Xbox 360's USB slot.

  11. 11

    Turn the Xbox 360 on or restart it if it's already on. The Xbox 360 updater starts automatically.

  12. 12

    Select "Yes" when asked if you want to update the Xbox 360 software.

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