How to Factory Reset an Xbox Series X|S

How to factory reset an xbox series x|s
Published 23 May 2022

Last updated on 5 July 2022

Wondering how to factory reset an Xbox Series X? This detailed guide below will show you exactly how to do it step by step.

Due to modern consoles being more complicated in software terms, they are usually more prone to bugs and glitches, which sometimes require a factory reset to solve.

The problem is how to activate that factory reset. It isn’t just a button you can press. There are a series of steps you need to go through before you can factory reset your Xbox.

The factory reset function solves several problems on your Xbox console. The issues a factory reset can solve include anything from refusal to launch a game to just general issues that your Xbox might have.

Quick Guide

  1. Navigate to “Settings” on your Xbox
  2. Then down to “System“, then “Console Info“, and finally “Reset Console
  3. You’ll see “Reset and Remove Everything“, which is ideal if you’re planning on selling your console.
  4. You will also see “Reset and keep my Games & Apps” this removes profiles and any other data except installed games & apps.

How to factory reset an Xbox Series X|S

Step 1 – Navigate to settings

With the latest update on Xbox, no matter what you’re doing on your Xbox, you can press the Xbox button in the middle of your controller. You can see “Settings” just below, where you would typically choose a profile.

Setting menu on the xbox dashboard

Step 2 – Factory resetting the Xbox

Once you’re in the settings menu, navigate a couple of menus down to “System“. Once you’re here, you’ll want to select “Console Info“.

System settings, console info

You will now be in a new menu showing the Xbox console information. You will see the “Reset Console” option amongst the two other options on this menu.

Factory reset option for xbox

There are a further two options that are displayed on the following menu. One is to “reset and remove everything“. The other is to “reset and keep my games and apps“. Both of them will factory reset your Xbox to some extent.

Resetting your xbox console menu

The first one does exactly what it says; it will remove everything from the Xbox and restore it to factory settings. You will need to reinstall updates and any games, apps or profiles if you set up the Xbox again.

The latter does keep your games & apps, but everything else is removed. It clears the system cache and resets the operating system. You will only need to reinstall system updates if you set your Xbox back up.

Factory reset an Xbox via USB – Detailed Guide

With some console issues, you may find yourself unable to boot up your Xbox. Countless problems can cause this, but thankfully it’s an easy fix, as long as you have a spare USB with at least 4GB of storage and a computer to hand.

Read carefully to learn how to factory reset your Xbox via a USB drive.

Prepare a newly formatted USB drive

First of all, make sure that the spare USB you plan to use is formatted and has

no other data on the drive. You can do this by right-clicking on the drive on your PC and selecting ‘Format’, then ‘Quick Format’.

Download a copy of the operating system

Once the spare USB is prepared, click this link. This will download a fresh copy of the operating system directly from the Xbox site. The file will be zipped when it’s downloaded make sure to right-click on the folder and click ‘Extract-all’.

Place the downloaded file onto your USB drive

A file will be located inside the folder called ‘$SystemUpdate’. Copy this file to your USB drive. Make sure nothing else is located on your drive except this file.

Installing the operating system on the Xbox via USB

After that, go to your Xbox and apply the following steps

  1. Power down your Xbox by holding down the power button until the Xbox turns off.
  2. Remove the power cable and leave the Xbox unplugged for approximately 30 seconds.
  3. Reconnect the power cable
  4. Plugin the USB drive that contains the ‘$SystemUpdate’ file.
  5. Hold down the ‘Pair button’ & ‘Eject Button’ on your Xbox Console. Then while holding these down, turn on the Xbox. Keep your fingers on these buttons until you hear 2 power-up tones a couple of seconds apart. It should take approx. 10-15 seconds.

The console should now boot up. Once you see the set-up screen on your TV, it’s safe to remove the USB drive. Your Xbox should now be on the digital set-up experience screen and will run you carefully through the factory reset process.

Video Tutorial


Resetting your Xbox console can fix a multitude of problems. Hopefully, resetting your Xbox has resolved any issues you might be having, or you at least know how to reset your console before selling it in the future.

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