How to factory reset your xbox one

How to factory reset your xbox one

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Xbox One system update errors can manifest in a few different ways. When your console fails to complete the process, you will typically see one of the following messages:

  • Something went wrong
  • There was a problem with the update
  • Error codes like 800072xxx
  • Error codes like Exxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx
  • Your Xbox is almost full

The last three digits in the error code may vary, but they all indicate system update problems.

Additionally, you may experience one of two different problems that aren't associated with error messages:

  • Your Xbox One may get stuck on the screen startup animation with the Xbox logo.
  • Your console may display a black screen instead of the startup animation after which it may load into a broken home screen.

Causes of Xbox One Update Errors

When your Xbox One fails to update, a few things may be going on. Possible causes include:

  • Your console has a hardware issue.
  • Your Xbox One has disconnected from the internet.
  • Your hard drive is full.

How to factory reset your xbox one

How to Fix Xbox One Update Errors

An Xbox One system update error can manifest in several ways, but the following solutions will resolve nearly every updating problem. Most of them require very little effort.

Here are some common methods to use to fix Xbox One update errors:

Restart your Xbox One. Sometimes your Xbox One just needs a helpful little push to finish updating itself. This option can resolve problems like error messages, codes, and getting stuck on the loading screen.

Press and hold the Xbox button in the middle of your controller to open a menu, and then select Restart console.

Power-cycle the Xbox One from the Something Went Wrong screen. If your screen is showing the "Something Went Wrong" message, select Restart this Xbox. Wait for the console to restart, and see if the update is able to finish. If the update still doesn't proceed, shut down your Xbox and unplug it for at least 30 seconds. Plug it back in, turn it on, and see if the update finishes.

If you aren't able to get the Something went wrong screen, power cycle your Xbox by holding the power button down for at least 10 seconds. After the Xbox turns off, press the power button again to turn it on.

Reset your Xbox One. Performing a soft reset is an easy fix that can help your Xbox One complete the update process if you have an error code, error message, or the loading screen is stuck. Resetting is different from restarting, but it’s less drastic than a full factory reset.

Check your network connection. Whenever an Xbox One update fails, it could be due to a network error. If you have access to the troubleshooter, or your console boots normally, test the network connection.

Error 8B050033 indicates that the update is not currently available. If your internet connection and network have no problems, then there may be an issue with the Xbox servers. Wait and try the update later.

Attempt an offline update. In cases where an Xbox one fails to update due to issues like network problems and corrupted data, an offline update can get you going. If neither restarting or resetting helps, or if you have network issues, this tactic will probably fix your problem. To do a manual update:

  1. Download this file from Microsoft to your computer.
  2. Extract the compressed bundle and copy the $SystemUpdate file to a flash drive with the NTFS format.
  3. Turn off your Xbox One, and disconnect it from power.
  4. Plug the flash drive into your Xbox One.
  5. After waiting at least 30 seconds, press the bind button and the eject button on your Xbox one.

The bind button is the button you press to sync a wireless controller, and the eject button is the one you press to eject a disc.

Free up space on your hard drive. An Xbox One update can fail when it doesn’t have enough space to download and complete the update. When you see an error message that states your Xbox One is almost full, freeing up hard drive space by uninstalling games and apps usually fixes the problem.

The Xbox One supports external storage media. To clear space without deleting anything anything, try plugging in an external USB hard drive, and move some of your games there instead.

Factory reset your Xbox One. You shouldn’t attempt this fix until you’ve exhausted all of your other options. Performing a factory reset permanently deletes all of your locally stored files and game saves.

Contact Microsoft Support. If all of these fixes fail, and you still can't update your console, then you may have a physical hardware failure. In that case, you will need to contact Microsoft.

You can use error codes to receive specific assistance from Microsoft technical support, but nearly every error code has these same fixes. A handful of exceptions exist, however. For example, an error code that starts with 8B050033 usually indicates an Xbox server issue, and a code that starts with E100 indicates a hardware fault that you won't be able to fix yourself.

How to factory reset your xbox one

Obviously, turning your Xbox One off and on again isn’t difficult, and it doesn’t require getting up from the sofa. But sometimes you just want to reboot it quickly without going through a full shutdown.

There’s a way to do this, but it’s easy enough to miss. Here’s how.

How reboot Xbox One

How to factory reset your xbox one

To reboot your Xbox One, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press the guide button on your controller.
  2. Navigate to the system menu by pressing the right bumper three times.
  3. Select restart console.
  4. Select restart at the next window.

Presto, the console will reboot without the need to shut down and power back up.

How to factory reset your xbox one

If you’re in the settings, the same option can be found under the Power & startup menu, which is useful if you’re doing something in there, such as tinkering with network settings, and want to give it a quick reboot.

How to factory reset your xbox one

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If you're looking to sell your Xbox One® or are having a serious issue with it, resetting your console to its factory settings may be your best (and only) option. But there is more than one way to do so, and you don't want to risk losing important data.

At Asurion, our experts help millions of customers get the most out of their tech and resolve their device problems. Here's their guide on how to factory reset your Xbox One, as well as some other ways to reboot it.

What does it mean to factory reset your Xbox One?

A factory reset will restore your console to its original settings. You may be wondering, “If I reset my Xbox One, will I lose everything?” Well, Microsoft® offers two ways to factory reset your device, so the answer depends on which one you select.

1. A partial factory reset

A partial factory reset will change your settings back to the default ones, reset the operating system, and delete files that might be causing issues. Microsoft recommends trying this option first because it won't affect the games and data saved on your console.

2. A full factory reset

A full factory reset will delete all your accounts, saved games, local game data, and settings changes, among other things. You should primarily use this option if you're selling or giving away your system. If you're trying to fix a problem, like your Xbox not turning on or a lag on multiplayer games, reach out to an expert at your nearest uBreakiFix by Asurion for help—a full reset should be your last resort.

If you're experiencing an issue with your system, there are a couple options you can try before attempting a factory reset: a soft reset or a hard reset. Both are simple and won't compromise any information saved on your console.

How to soft reset your Xbox One

  1. Press the Xbox (power) button on your console to turn it off.
  2. Wait a few seconds.
  3. Press the Xbox button on your console to turn it back on.

How to hard reset your Xbox One

  1. Press and hold the Xbox (power) button on your console for 10 seconds until it turns off.
  2. Unplug the system and wait at least 10 seconds.
  3. Plug it back in and press the Xbox button on your console to turn it on.

If neither of these Xbox reset methods or troubleshooting steps helped to solve your console problems, a factory reset will be your next step.

How to factory reset your Xbox One console

You can factory reset your Xbox One two ways. The easiest one is right from the console. But if your Xbox isn't displaying a picture or you can't get to the Settings menu, you can also complete a factory reset using a USB flash drive. This method requires a PC with Windows® and a blank flash drive formatted as New Technology File System, or NTFS, with at least 4 GB of storage. If you could use a little assistance with performing the factory reset on your Xbox, we can help—visit the nearest uBreakiFix by Asurion store.

Before trying to complete any resets, connect to the Xbox network. That way you'll be able to back up your information to the cloud. As a reminder, a factory reset on your Xbox One will delete all your accounts, saved games, local game data, and settings changes, among other things.

Reset your Xbox One from the console

  1. Turn the system on and press the Xbox button on the controller.
  2. Select Profile & system > Settings > System > Console info.
  3. Select Reset Console.
  4. Choose the reset option you want: a) Reset and remove everything. This is a full reset and will remove all data from your Xbox or b) Reset and keep my games & apps. This is a partial reset that will not delete your games or game data.

Reset your Xbox One using a USB flash drive

Here's how to format your flash drive as NTFS.

  1. Insert your USB drive into your PC.
  2. Open File Explorer.
  3. Right-click your USB drive in the left-hand window and click Format.
  4. In the File System menu, select NTFS.
  5. Click Start. Do not remove the USB drive.

Keep your USB drive plugged in and follow these steps to get the reset file.

  1. Follow this link to download the zipped reset file from Microsoft.
  2. It should download automatically. If not, click Save on the popup window.
  3. The file will be compressed. To unzip it, right-click the file and select Extract All.
  4. Open the unzipped folder and copy the $SystemUpdate file.
  5. In File Explorer, open the flash drive directory and paste the $SystemUpdate file into the root (main) directory. There shouldn't be any other files on the flash drive.
  6. Remove the USB drive from the PC.

Now, you can transfer the reset file to your Xbox.

  1. Disconnect the ethernet cable from your Xbox One if you're using a wired connection.
  2. Turn off the console and unplug it from power.
  3. Wait 30 seconds, then plug it back in.
  4. Plug the flash drive into the USB port on the front of the Xbox.
  5. Press and hold both the Pair button and the Eject button on the console. Then press the Xbox button on the console. Note: On the All-Digital edition of the Xbox One, just hold the Pair button (it does not have an Eject button) before pressing the Xbox button.
  6. Continue holding down the Pair and Eject buttons for 10–15 seconds.
  7. Listen for two “power-on” sounds a few seconds apart. Once you hear them, release the Pair and Eject buttons. Note: If you don't hear two “power-on” sounds after 15 seconds, the process failed and you should restart from step 2.
  8. Once the console restarts and the digital experience setup guide appears, remove the flash drive and follow the instructions to reset your Xbox One.

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How to factory reset your xbox one

Before you sell your Xbox One or pass it on to someone else, you should perform a factory reset. This wipes all your personal data. Whoever gets the Xbox One will have to go through the first-time setup process once again, signing in with their own Microsoft account.

If you didn’t factory reset your Xbox One and you no longer have access to it, there’s no way to remotely wipe your Xbox One’s data. You can remotely lock your Xbox profile, however, ensuring no one can use it and access its associated personal data without your password. We’ll detail how to lock your profile at the end of this article.

How to Wipe Your Xbox One

To reset your console, power it on and press the Xbox button on the center of your controller. This will take you to the dashboard.

If your Xbox One isn’t responding for some reason, press the Xbox button on the front of your console and hold it down for ten seconds. This will forcibly shut it off. You can then press the Xbox button on either the console or your controller to boot it back up again. This is known as “power cycle,” and should only be performed when your Xbox One is frozen and not responding.

How to factory reset your xbox one

Press the left directional stick to the left or press the left button on the directional pad to open the menu at the left of the screen. Scroll down to the gear icon and select “All settings” by pressing the A button.

How to factory reset your xbox one

Navigate to System > Console Info & Updates on the Settings screen.

How to factory reset your xbox one

Select “Reset Console” to continue.

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You’ll be asked how you want to reset your console. There are two options: “Reset and remove everything” and “Reset and keep my games & apps.”

The first option will entirely wipe your device and put it back to a factory-default state. This is ideal if you’re selling your console.

The second option will reset the system to its default state and remove all your personal information. However, it will keep your installed games, apps, and updates. You won’t have to download games and game updates again afterwards, which could save you tens or even hundreds of gigabytes in download bandwidth. This is ideal if you’re resetting your Xbox One to fix a problem, or just want to remove your personal data without the lengthy re-download.

Your Xbox One will immediately begin resetting after you choose one of these options. Select “Cancel” if you don’t want to reset it.

How to factory reset your xbox one

Help, I Forgot to Factory Reset!

If you no longer have physical access to your Xbox One but you didn’t factory reset it, you may want to remotely wipe it like you’d remotely wipe a phone or PC. Unfortunately, you can’t perform a full remote factory reset. However, you can disable access to your Xbox profile and your personal data.

You’ll need to change the password on your Microsoft account to do this. The next time someone attempts to use your profile on an Xbox One console, they’ll need to sign in with your new password. If they don’t sign in, they won’t be able to access your profile and its personal data, such as any files you have stored in OneDrive.

To do this, head to the Microsoft Account website. Sign in with the same account you signed into the Xbox One with. Head to Security & privacy > Change password. Provide a new password here.

People will no longer be able to access the profile you saved on the Xbox One without entering your new password, so they won’t have access to it. You’ll have to re-enter your new password on other devices and apps you’ve signed into with your Microsoft account, too. For example, if you sign into Windows 10 with this password and have a PIN configured, you’ll need to provide your new password before you can sign in with the PIN. You’ll be asked to enter your new password on your other devices when necessary.

How to factory reset your xbox one

The options available for resetting an Xbox One are similar to the options for resetting a Windows 10 PC, which isn’t a surprise–the Xbox One’s software is based on Windows 10 under the hood.

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How to factory reset your xbox one

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There are three resetting ways you can choose when your Xbox One is malfunctioning, namely soft reset, hard reset, and factory reset.

But please note that you should try a soft reset and a hard reset first, as they are the easiest and most common fixes. However, if your console is still malfunctioning, you can perform a factory reset that will erase all of your saved data.

How to factory reset your xbox one

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Soft Reset Xbox One

According to some websites’ records, a soft reset is a restart of a device. In other words, this reset just closes applications and clears any data in RAM. Certainly, the unsaved data in current use may be lost.

This resetting way is usually performed to repair malfunctioning devices, including your Xbox One.

How to soft reset Xbox One? The tutorial is displayed below:

Step 1: Simply turn it off by pressing and holding the Xbox button on the controller, then choosing Turn console off.

Step 2: Wait a few seconds and turn on this console.

After finishing the two steps, it means that you have done a soft reset for Xbox One. And you can check whether the issue with this console has been solved.

Hard Reset Xbox One

A hard reset also will not cause data loss for your devices. So, you can apply it to fix the issue related to Xbox One.

To hard reset Xbox One,

  • you just need to hold the power button on the front of the console for some seconds until it has been completely turned off.
  • you should disconnect the power cable and wait for 10 seconds, then reconnect the power and turn your Xbox One back on.

How to factory reset your xbox one

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Factory Reset Xbox One

When changes made to an Xbox One after it left the factory are reversed, and the console is returned to a state similar to that when it was first shipped, this is called a factory reset.

In other words, all your saved games on your Xbox One will be wiped, but this resetting is quite effective to restore the console to proper working order.

To factory reset Xbox One, please refer to the following steps:

Step 1: Press the home button on the Xbox One controller when the console is on. And go to System.

Step 2: Access the Xbox One Settings menu by pressing the gear-shaped icon.

Step 3: Choose System from the left panel and then choose the Console info section.

How to factory reset your xbox one

Step 4: Go to Reset console and choose Reset and remove everything for a full factory reset. Please note there are other two options as the following image shows:

  • Reset and keep my games & apps: This is your primary choice when troubleshooting. This option just resets the OS and deletes all potentially corrupted data without deleting your games and apps. In other words, this choice is not the best one when you run into the problems that are caused by the corrupted game files.
  • Cancel: Select this option if you don’t want to restore your console to the factory state.

Now, wait for a while as the Xbox One restores itself back to its factory settings.

How to factory reset your xbox one

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How to factory reset your xbox one

Microsoft’s most recent Xbox One update has caused severe issues for select users. It has resulted in some people seeing a perpetual black screen of death. And no amount of restarting or cold booting resolving the issue.

I am one of these affected users; my Xbox One abruptly bricked a couple of nights ago. I’m frustrated and have plenty of questions about how this happened, but thankfully, my console isn’t permanently broken and neither is yours.

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Disclaimers before factory resetting your Xbox One

Factory resetting your Xbox One is currently the only known way to make the console usable again. However, it might come at a cost: Outside of any data uploaded to the cloud, your saved games, accounts and settings could be reset and deleted. When I reset my Xbox One, I was given the option to keep my games and apps downloaded, but I can’t guarantee you’ll have the same luck.

This isn’t a simple task to perform, either. Under normal circumstances, a factory reset is an easy-to-access option that exists within the Xbox One’s settings menu. Unfortunately, this nasty bug renders the console’s interface wholly inaccessible, meaning you’ll have to jump through a number of hoops to initiate a factory reset.

You’ll also need additional items to even begin this process. Since the console is unusable, you have to download the required files onto a USB flash drive, or some other external drive. We recommend using one with at least 4GB of free space. You’ll also need a computer with an internet connection, or at the very least, something that will allow you to download this file and move it over to the external drive.

If you have the required items, and don’t mind risking the loss of saved data, here’s how you can factory reset your Xbox One even when trapped at the black screen of death.

How to factory reset your Xbox One

These additional steps are only necessary if your Xbox One’s settings are inaccessible. If not, you can easily perform a factory reset. Simply press the Xbox button, head to Profile & System > Settings > System > Console info > Reset console. You can now choose whether to keep your data and apps or reset everything. If your Xbox One is stuck at the black screen of death, additional measures are required.

Step one: Ensure your external drive is formatted to NTFS.

1. Insert external drive into computer or laptop.

2. Open File Explorer.

3. Right click your external drive under Devices and drives. If it’s not showing up, it can also be found under This PC within File Explorer.

4. Select Properties.

5. Next to File system, ensure that it reads NTFS. If not, you’ll need to go through the second step. If your drive is already formatted to NTFS, you can skip the second step entirely.

Step two: Reformat your external device to NTFS. A few disclaimers before we begin: your external drive needs to be completely wiped clean. Reformatting your device will result in losing any data stored on it. We recommend uploading any data stored on the external device onto your computer while you use the external drive for this how-to.

1. Insert external drive into computer or laptop.

2. Open File Explorer

3. Right click your external drive under Devices and drives. If it’s not showing up, it can also be found under This PC within the File Explorer.

4. Select Format.

5. Under File system, select NTFS.

6. Select Start. A window will pop-up warning you that all data on the drive will be erased. Click OK. Your external drive is now formatted to NTFS.

Step three: Download the required files onto your external drive.

1. Ensure your external drive is wiped clean before we begin. The drive needs to be empty for the Xbox One to properly initiate factory reset.

2. Download this file onto your PC.

3. Unzip the downloaded file and move $SystemUpdate onto your external drive. Remember that no other files should be on the drive.

4. Click Show hidden icons on your taskbar. It’s the icon depicting an arrow pointing upwards.

5. Right click Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media. It’s the icon that looks like a USB flash drive with a checkmark on it.

6. Eject your external drive.

Step four: Factory reset your Xbox One.

1. Unplug any wired connection in the console.

2. Power the Xbox One off manually, and then unplug the power cord entirely to ensure it’s off.

3. After 30 seconds, plug the power cord back into the console.

4. Insert your external drive into one of the USB ports. There should be two on the back of the console, and one on the left side of the console.

5. Press and hold the Pair button on the left side of your Xbox One while simultaneously holding the Eject button on the front of the console. While still holding onto both of those, you’ll have to press, not hold, the Xbox button on the console.

6. Keep the Pair and Eject buttons held for about 10-15 seconds. After you hear two beeps in quick succession, you can let go of these two buttons. If your Xbox One says something went wrong (this happened to me), you should have the option to click Continue. From here, there will be a Reset option, where you decide if you’d like to keep games and apps or remove all data.

7. Once it finishes resetting, you’ll be guided through a set-up process as if the console came fresh out of the box. You can now remove the external drive and finish preparing your console.

While this process is a bit of a pain, it worked in repairing my Xbox One. It’s still shocking that this system update bricked so many consoles in the first place, but at least there’s some solution, regardless of how frustrated I am about it.

How to factory reset your xbox one

How do I reset my Xbox one console to factory settings?

  1. Press the Xbox button  to open the guide.
  2. Select Profile & system > Settings > System > Console info.
  3. Select Reset console.
  4. On the Reset your console? screen, you’ll see three options: Reset and remove everything.

How do I reset my Xbox one to sell it?

  1. Open Settings on your Xbox One console.
  2. Scroll down to the System tab.
  3. Select Console info.
  4. Navigate to the Reset console button.
  5. Select the Reset and remove everything option. This will entirely wipe your console to a factory-fresh state.

Why can’t I factory reset my Xbox one?

Go ahead and do a hard reset and power cycle. Hold down the power button on the console for about 10 seconds until it shuts down and then remove the power cable from the Xbox and the power outlet for about 2-3 minutes. Then re-connect and turn on the Xbox. Let us know if that helps.

Does a hard reset on Xbox One delete everything?

Resetting your console to its factory settings erases all accounts, saved games, settings, and home Xbox associations. Make sure to sign in and connect to Xbox Live if you want your data synced up. Press the Xbox button to open the guide.

What does factory reset do?

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Modern game consoles are essentially specialized computers. The Xbox One and Xbox Series X are powerful machines, but they can suffer from errors or corrupt files like any computer. Performing a factory reset on an Xbox One or Xbox Series X can correct these problems, and Xbox offers multiple ways to do this.

If your Xbox One or Xbox Series X refuses to launch a game, has trouble loading files, or just experiences issues that standard troubleshooting won’t solve, try a factory reset. You should also use a factory reset to fully erase the system before you sell it to another person to ensure the safety of your personal information.

How to factory reset your xbox one

How to Factory Reset an Xbox One or Xbox Series X

Factory resetting an Xbox One or Xbox Series X follows the same steps regardless of what console you have.

  1. Open Settings.

How to factory reset your xbox one

  1. Select System > Console info.

How to factory reset your xbox one

  1. Select Reset console.

How to factory reset your xbox one

After you select Reset console, you will be presented with three options.

  • Reset and remove everything: Choosing this setting completely wipes the Xbox clean of all data, including your profiles, game installs, and more. This is the actual factory reset. You should only choose this option when you are getting rid of your console or as a last resort when troubleshooting problems.
  • Reset and keep my games & apps: This option is the best choice when troubleshooting problems with your Xbox. It resets the operating system, clears the cache, and deletes corrupt data without removing games and apps. If you begin to experience many weird issues with your console, this option is one of the best fixes.
  • Cancel: If you choose not to reset the console, select this option. It backs you out to the main menu with no damage done.

Be aware that the Xbox does not ask you to confirm your choice, nor request a password to go through with the reset. Once you select your choice, the system carries it out and you can’t stop it.

How to Factory Reset an Xbox Through USB

If your Xbox has more serious issues and you can’t get it to load, you can perform a reset by loading a specific file onto a USB drive and plugging it into the console. You will need a couple of things to get started:

  • A Windows PC
  • A USB drive with at least 4 GB of storage, formatted to NTFS.

If you aren’t sure how to format your USB drive, don’t worry — we have an entire guide available.

After you’ve formatted the drive, navigate to https://www.xbox.com/xboxone/restorefactorydefaults. This link downloads the necessary file to your system as a ZIP folder.

Unzip the folder. Inside you will find a file named $SystemUpdate. Copy that file onto the root directory of your flash drive, and then remove the drive from your PC.

How to factory reset your xbox one

Note that there should be no other files on the drive; it should be empty except for $SystemUpdate.

The next step involves your Xbox itself.

  1. If you’re using a wired connection, unplug the Ethernet cable from the back of the console.
  2. Power down the Xbox and remove the power cable.
  3. After 30 seconds, reconnect the power cable.
  4. Connect the USB drive containing the $SystemUpdate file to the Xbox.
  5. Press and hold the Pair and Eject buttons.

Note: If you have an all-digital console that does not have an eject button, you only need to hold the Pair button.

  1. Press the Xbox button on the front of the console and continue holding the Pair and Eject buttons for 10 to 15 seconds.
  2. Listen for two tones that indicate a power-up. After the second tone, you can release the Pair and Eject buttons.
  3. After the console restarts, remove the USB drive.

If the process is successful, you will see the digital experience guide on-screen. It will guide you through the steps to complete the reset of your console. Be aware that the console restart process can take several minutes, requiring an internet connection. Reconnect the Ethernet cable after it starts up.

About Startup Tones

Listening for the startup tones isn’t just a necessary step but an informative one. The sounds your Xbox makes as it boots up indicate vital information regarding the process. In the above process, the first tone should happen about 10 seconds after you power the console up for the second time.

That first tone indicates that a USB update has been detected. The second tone indicates that the file has been copied and mounted. The reason this doesn’t happen all the time is that the Xbox does not typically look for a USB update unless prompted. Holding down the Pair and Eject buttons tells the system to look for the update.

If you do not hear these two tones, it means that something has gone wrong with the update and you may need to repeat the process.

Please note: Resetting your Xbox through USB is a total factory reset. No data on the Xbox One or Series X will remain.

No one wants to resort to a full factory reset, but it’s sometimes necessary when troubleshooting errors. The first step should be to reset the console and preserve the games, though. While it will take you through the initial setup process once more and request you log back into Xbox Live, don’t worry — your games and data will still be there.

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Why Xbox One X needs to be Reset to Factory Setting? Two main reasons that I can figure out are: the first one is that you are stuck on a nasty issue and you want to fix or troubleshoot it. Secondly, you are selling your Xbox One X to your friend or someone else, and before handling the console to them, you have to erase all your settings and data from the console. In these two scenarios going for a Restoring Xbox One X to Factory Setting is the best option. In this guide, we have mentioned all the steps you need to follow to Restore Xbox One X To Factory Settings.

PLEASE NOTE: Factory Reset is going to ERASE/DELETE all you save games, accounts, settings. I would advise you to Sync your account with Xbox Live so that most of the things are back-up. The best part of Xbox One console (Xbox One X also) is that they Sync automatically with Xbox Live is connected to the service, so you don’t have worry if you Sync with Xbox Live time to time. However, If you are among one of those players who has not connected to Xbox Live for a while, I would recommend you to connect to Xbox Live before starting the Factory Restore Process.

Methods To Factory Reset Xbox One X Console

There are two ways to reset Xbox One Console to Factory Settings first is through the console by going into the settings and clicking on appropriate options. This only works if the console is working fine if it is not working then skip to the second option. You will need a USB for the process.

How To Restore Xbox One X To Factory Settings

  • Step 1: Press Xbox Button – this will open the Guide for you.
  • Step 2: From the options available – Select Settings
  • Step 3: Then Select All Settings
  • Step 4: Then Select System
  • Step 5: Select Console Info & Updates option
  • Step 6: Here you will find the desire “RESET CONSOLE” option. Select it.

How to factory reset your xbox one

How to factory reset your xbox one

The moment you will select RESET CONSOLE option you will be greeted with THREE Options:

Types Of Reset Options & What They Do?

  1. Reset and remove everything: As the name suggests, this option will remove everything – your data, games, setting and restore the console to the Factory Settings. It is best to use this Reset Option when you want to Gift the console to someone or Sell it.
  2. Reset and keep my games & apps: This option just reset the OS and delete all potentially corrupted data. It won’t delete your games or apps. For troubleshooting, this the best option to go for. If you don’t get successful in fixing the issue, you are facing on your Xbox One X then only go for the “Reset And Remove Everything.”
  3. Cancel: Do I need to tell you what this third option will do.

Reset Factory Settings Using a Pen Drive (USB)

  • Format a USB to NTFS. You will need a minimum 4GB pen drive.
  • Click to download FactoryReset.zip from Xbox.com.
  • Extract the file using a tool like Winrar, and copy the data in the root directory of the USB drive.
  • There should be no other file, except the one you get from the package. There is a single file updater.xvd, copy this in the root.
  • Disconnect the Xbox from power, remove all network cables and Connect the USB drive.
  • Connect the power cable after 30 seconds, Press and Hold Bind + Eject. Then press the Xbox button.
  • After two beeps, release the Blind + Eject button.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to Reset the console.

If you do not hear any beep sounds after hitting the Xbox button while holding Bind + Eject the process has failed, and there can be a hard issue. Contact technical support. This is how you Restore or Reset your Xbox One X to Factory Setting. If you have any doubt regarding the guide, then do let us know about it in the comment section below.

As a device is used, its storage, use and configuration change over time, to the point of wanting to restore its original settings. As is the case today you want to reset your Xbox One to factory settings. Performing this procedure on any electronic device has its positive and negative aspects.

On the positive side, it allows you to get your device back in the original state in which it was delivered to you. In addition to that it also serves as a solution when a problem has no solution.

How to Reset or Reboot an Xbox One to Factory Settings – Quick and Easy

If the problem that your Xbox console presents is not so serious, whether it is the case that it only works with lower speed or that it does not allow you to access new options, perhaps all you need to do is update your console either without internet or with.

But if it becomes a more complicated case such as that your console does not give the image on the screen, there are other options you should take, if the problem is due to screen incompatibility you can always connect your Xbox console with your PC monitor.

What could be considered a negative aspect is the possibility of losing all the content that has been stored on the device until now.

Therefore, the best recommendation before performing this procedure is to create a backup of all the content on your Xbox, including games, images, videos, among others.

Steps prior to resetting Xbox One data to factory settings

There are many reasons why a person like you decides to reset the console settings. Which includes the possibility of selling the device or wanting to solve a problem during its use.

If the reason for doing so does not warrant the total loss of all content stored on your Xbox One, you need to sync the data with Xbox Live .

In case you need to do it and you don’t know how, access the “ Xbox Live ” section within the console menu to connect to it through the Internet.

Once you have done it, the content that you have stored so far on the device will be automatically synchronized, creating a backup.

Default method to reset your Xbox One to factory settings

Performing this procedure requires very short, simple and straightforward steps that do not take much time to complete.

Once you have secured the content you wanted to keep (or if you really don’t want to keep it on the console) you can start with the following steps:

To start, press the Xbox button to display the guide on the screen; there you will select the ” System ” option .

Access the ” Configuration ” section to find the ” System ” section, which is the one that contains the ” Console information ” where we will carry out the entire procedure.

Inside there you will see the option to ” Reset the console “, which you must press to display the following selection on the screen:

Mainly it will ask you if you really want to “ Reset the console? ”, Which will be accompanied by the following options:

Reset and remove everything

This is the first way to reset the device to its factory settings.

Selecting this option will remove user data from the console. Including the accounts that you have created, the games that you have downloaded and installed, the progress in each of them, the settings that you have established and their associations.

Generally, this is a decision made when the console is to be sold or given away, and only as a last resort to troubleshoot a problem.

Reset and maintain Xbox content

The second option also allows you to reset the values, but keeping the content of the Xbox. If you only perform this procedure to fix a problem, this should be your choice.

Through this method you will be able to restore the Xbox One operating system to factory settings; but only by deleting the data that is possibly damaged and without deleting your games or applications.

If you do not want to choose any of these options, you just have to click on ” Cancel ” and no restart action will be performed.

After pressing any of the options, your Xbox will start the erasing process automatically and return to its default settings.

If you have solved your problem and are ready to play again remember to create an account for Xbox Live so you can have fun with other players.