Friday, May 11, 2007

Boot your Xbox 360 directly into Extender mode

For those of you who have installed the new Spring 2007 Xbox 360 dashboard update on their Xbox 360, there is a new feature that might interest those that use the Xbox 360 primarily as an Extender.

You can have your Xbox 360 load the Extender software directly upon boot-up, which should save a few presses of buttons. To do this, once you have installed the Spring 2007 Xbox 360 dashboard updates, follow these steps:

  1. In the the Xbox Dashboard, goto the System blade;
  2. Select Console Settings;
  3. Select Startup; and,
  4. You will see three options, Disc, Xbox Dashboard and Media Center. Selecting Media Center will bring up the Media Center Extender upon bootup.

This setting primarily affects the power up path when you use the power button on the Xbox 360, or through the Xbox Guide button on your controller or even your Xbox 360 Media Center remote.

Even after selecting this feature, you can always go back to the dashboard through the normal means (by pressing the Xbox Guide button on the Controller or Xbox 360 Remote).

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johncz said...

Awesome tip Jason..its a user feature that I had on my wishlist for some time now. Glad to see Microsoft is listening!!!

Brian T. said...

Thanks for the tip......this is sweet!