Got an Xbox 360? I have had one for quite some time and I really like it! As with all game consoles, there are periodical updates to add new features such as social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, etc., or the ability to play different file types.
To get these Xbox firmware updates, you usually download them from Xbox Live. Xbox Live offers two types of offers: free and gold membership.
In the free version, you will find free game demos, add-ons, games on demand, arcade games, avatars, and voice / text chat. A Gold Membership gives you Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, Netflix streaming, video chatting, and Xbox Live parties.
With any release, you receive firmware updates for your hardware to improve performance or update certain software features. On Xbox Live, when you sign in with your gamertag, you are automatically notified of any new updates.
However, what if you’re not using Xbox Live? How do I update Xbox 360 without an internet connection or very slow internet connection?
You can do this in two ways: copy the update to a USB drive, or download the update to your computer, and then update your Xbox 360 console.
Method 1 – download the update to Flash Drive
First, connect your USB drive to your computer and make sure there is enough free space on it. Also make sure it is formatted as FAT32 and not NTFS.
Then download the latest Xbox update from here. Just scroll down to the “Copy to USB” section and click the “Download update file” link.
This is a little over 100 MB. Make sure you haven’t changed the name of the downloaded zip file. Once downloaded, unzip the zip file to the root of your USB stick.
Now all you have to do is plug your USB drive into your Xbox console, plug it in, and then turn on the console. It will automatically launch the updater. When prompted, select Yes, update now.
When you see the Xbox Dashboard, it means the update is complete! Pretty simple, eh!
The second method – copy the update to disk
The second way is to simply download the update from the support.xbox.com link above and then write the update to disk. Then, just insert the disc into your Xbox console and the update will start automatically.
This method is useful if you don’t have access to the Internet. Then you can burn the disc and give it to a friend or burn the disc at the office and apply the update at home, etc.
Basically, these are the only two ways to update an Xbox that is not connected to the Internet! If you have any problems, please leave a comment here and I’ll try to help.