Update your Xbox One via USB drive on Day One [UPDATE: Pulled?]


Update your Xbox One via USB drive on Day One [UPDATE: Pulled?]

August 20, 2018

By: JR Moore


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[UPDATE] For some reason, Microsoft has pulled the Offline Update Support. The links to not currently work. We've contacted Microsoft for comment and will update as soon as we know.

Just like the PS4, you will be able to update you shiny new Xbox One with the Day One update offline as well. Xbox Support posted instructions for their 'Emergency Offline Update' and how to do it. It's a little more in-depth than the PS4 but still easily doable. This will help with the Day One update rush and helping you avoid it. Keep on reading and I'll walk ya through it.


What you will need

  • A USB flash drive, formatted as NTFS with 2 GB of space on it
  • A computer with Internet and a USB port (duh)
  • These Instructions (duh)
Step 1: Find out what OS it came with at Launch

Apparently the main reason that they need to do a Day One patch is to get everything onto the same level. So, the first thing you need to do to get in line is to check which OS version your Xbox One came with. Here's how you do it:

  1. Turn your Xbox One on and go through the setup.
  2. Make sure you're at the Home screen by pressing the Xbox button.
  3. Select the Settings on the Home screen.
  4. Select System.
  5. Select Console Info.
  6. Look at the 3rd row down. You should see OS Version.
Step 2: Download the right .zip file for your system

Now you need head over to the Support page and download the right file to upgrade your system. Better yet, here's the links to the files for you:

Find out where you saved it and then unzip the file on your computer. With your freshly formatted USB drive inserted in your computer, copy over the contents of the .zip file to the root directory (no file folders). Once they are copied over, time to update!

Step 3: Update your Xbox One

OK, you got your file. Now time to do the dirty work. First thing first, it's time to strip. That's right, take it all off. All the network cables and turn off and unplug have to go. This makes sure that everything is off. Now plug in the power cable but don't turn it on.


Plug in the flash drive into the USB port. Now the fun part. Press the BIND and EJECT buttons, then the Power On button. Keep ahold of the BIND and EJECT until your hear TWO power up tones. It should take about 10-15 seconds and the tones should be a few seconds apart. If it doesn't work, wash...rinse...repeat.

When you hear the second tone, you can release the buttons. Let the console work it's magic and update. It will then reboot. Once it does that, BOOM! Welcome to your Day One updated Xbox One.