How To Fix Xbox system error Code e203?

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Xbox system error Code e203

It is vital for the software on your device to get updated regularly. The updates don’t always work seamlessly though.

There are times when the updates take a lot of time to download and install and other times when the process stops altogether and you see an error code.

This article will discuss how to fix Xbox system error e203.

This is an error code that shows up in the event of a startup error on the Xbox console after a system update is completed.

There could be many reasons for the error code, we will discuss them in the next section with solutions.

How to solve the error code e203 on the Xbox console?

The error code e203 as already discussed in the section above is an issue with the update processes on the console.

In this section, let us discuss the solutions for the error code e203 according to the different issues that can be responsible for the error code e203.

fix 1: The startup error on the console

The Xbox one console can frequently get into startup trouble when the console is put on an update.

There is a process that you can follow to troubleshoot the startup error on the console. This is an official solution also suggested by the user support website.

Here is how you can clear the error.

  • Press the D-pad button and the A button on the controller.
  • On the screen that you see next, click on Restart this Xbox
  • The console will restart.
  • You will now see the Home screen 

If this does not help, follow the other solutions mentioned down below.

fix 2: Reset the console

If the restart process does not work, you might need to reset the console. Here is how you can initiate the reset process.

Press the D-pad button and the A button on your Xbox controller.

  • On the Something Went Wrong screen, click on Troubleshoot
  • The troubleshooter will now open.
  • You can reset the console from the troubleshooter.

Here is how you can reset the console manually.

  • Switch off the console and unplug all the wires that are connected to the console.
  • Wait for around 30 seconds and then plug in the console again.
  • Press and hold the Pair and Eject buttons on the console and then press the Xbox button on the console.
  • Continue this process for 10 seconds
  • You will hear two power-up tones that will play right after one another with a break of a couple of seconds.
  • Now release the Power and Eject buttons after you hear the second tone.
  • You will now directly go to the troubleshooting screen
  • You can reset the console on the troubleshooting screen.

When you decide to reset the box, click on the option Keep Games and Apps to avoid losing the games and apps on the console.

The operating system of the console will still reset but the games and apps will be retained.

fix 3: Download the Offline System Update

When the console stops responding after an update, you will need to download the offline update.

Here is how you can do this.

  • Collect the needed devices and software. These are- A Windows PC with an internet connection and USB port, a USB Flash Drive with at least 6 GB of space on it.
    The USB Flash drive should also be formatted in the NTFS format.
  • Power off the console and unplug all the connected wires.
  • Wait for 30 seconds and plug in the console again. 
  • Press and hold the Pair and Eject button on the console and then press the Xbox button
  • Continue for 10 seconds and then listen for two power-up tones that will sound simultaneously at a time-lapse of a couple of seconds
  • Release the buttons after hearing the second tone.
  • The console will now power up and take you to the troubleshooting screen
  • Click on the Offline System Update option.
  • Now plug in the USB flash drive with the system update into the USB port of your Xbox console. 
  • As soon as you insert the flash drive, the option for offline system update will become active.
  • Use the D-pad button and the A button on the controller to select the option of Offline System Update.
  • The Update will now start. 
  • It will take several minutes. Do not turn off the console or power during this process.
  • The console will function correctly now.

fix 4: Reset the console to factory settings

If the update does not work, you will need to restore the console to the factory settings. This means that all the data on the console will be erased and you will need to start from scratch. Therefore, it is important that you do this only in terms of no other option being available. 

Here is how you can do this.

  • Launch the Xbox troubleshooting screen using the same process that we used for the reset and offline system update.
  • This will take you to the troubleshooting screen
  • Click on Reset this box
  • Click on Remove Everything
  • All the user data, apps, and games will be deleted.
  • You will now be returned to the Home Screen with a clean slate.

fix 5: Contact the support team for a repair request

If none of the above solutions have worked for you, you will need to get involved with the support team to eliminate the issue.

Visit this link for the Device Service and Repair 

To conclude

The error code e203 on the Xbox console is an error that usually shows up when you encounter startup trouble after a system update.

We have mentioned all the reliable solutions that you can try for getting rid of this error code on your Xbox console. We hope that this article was insightful and helped you.

Keep following for more gaming and technical advice. Happy Gaming!!

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Falguni Rana is a technology writer who has expertise in software and hardware troubleshooting. She publishes how-to and troubleshooting guides for different apps, websites, games, and consumer hardware products.