This is a guide explaining how to update your Xbox 360 without Xbox Live.
For this method you will need to download a file from Xbox.com and burn a DVD or CD. You should use this method if you don't have your Xbox connected to broadband, or if you have a dialup connection.
Download and Create a Disc
First start off by downloading the latest dashboard update from here.
Save the update as SystemUpdate_11-2006.zip - note it's about 6MB.
You will need to unzip the file to get the $SystemUpdate folder out and put it on your computer. Be sure the update folder is named $SystemUpdate.
The update will not run automatically unless the file name and folder structure remain intact.
Create a DVD or CD
To create an update disc you need the following:
These steps will cover burning the DVD or CD with Windows and the DVD or CD burning software that is part of Windows.
- A DVD or CD burner.
- A blank writeable DVD or CD.
- The update file from Xbox.com.
For illustration purposes, we are using a CD in a CD burner, but the same steps apply when using a DVD in a DVD burner.
Step 1: Place a blank disc in your burner. Select "Open Writable CD Folder Using Windows Explorer" or just open the CD drive icon from Explorer.
Step 2: Drag the $SystemUpdate folder to the CD Folder. If the CD write window doesn't open by default then drag and drop the $SystemUpdate folder on the CD/DVD RW drive.
Step 3: Click "Write files to CD" from the CD writing tasks from the sidebar.
Step 4: Go through the CD wizard.
Step 5: The CD wizard will create the CD. Wait until the CD is ejected.
Step 6: Remove the CD from the drive. Its now ready.
Update the Console
Follow the next steps to update your console.
Step 1: Place the CD in the Xbox 360.
Step 2: Turn on the Xbox 360.
Step 3: The update will start automatically. Select "Yes, update now" and press the A button.
Step 4: Wait for the update to complete.
Step 5: The console will now reboot and you're done.
That was easy now wasn't it?