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Xbox One system error e203

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By Genesis and SheilaUpdated on June 3rd, 2022

What is 'Xbox One system error e203'?

Xbox One system error e203 is an error that may occur when the software update does not install successfully.

How can you fix 'Xbox One system error e203'?

Some of the common fixes include:

  • Restoring the factory settings
  • Testing the hard disk drive (HDD)
  • Replacing the Xbox One HDD

Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

1. Restore Factory Settings

"Xbox One system error e203" may be caused by a failed update, which has damaged the firmware. Restoring the Xbox One to Factory settings may fix the error. See the instructions below.

Restore Factory Settings
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  1. Turn off the console and remove it from the power source for a minimum of 30 seconds.

  2. Then reconnect the console back to the power source.

  3. Press and hold the Eject and Bind button.

  4. While holding both buttons, press the power button.

  5. After hearing two beeps, release the two buttons.

  6. This will boot you in the Xbox One Troubleshoot.

  7. Now select the "Reset this Xbox."

  8. Then select the "Keep Games and apps."

  9. If "Xbox One system error e203" continues, try "Remove everything".

If restoring the Xbox One to Factory settings fail to repair the problem, your Xbox One storage device might have a problem.

2. Test Hard disk drive (HDD)

“Xbox One system error e203” may be a sign that your hard disk drive is starting to fail or it has a bad sector. Test your hard disk drive to see if it is defective. You need to remove the Xbox One hard disk drive and connect it to a working PC. Watch the video below how to test a hard disk drive on a PC.


If the hard disk drive was found with a bad sector replace it by ordering a brand new hard disk drive from the Xbox service center. If it is still in warranty send the console for warranty claim.

If no error was found, try the next steps below but it requires a Windows 8.1 operating system.

  1. Boot a Windows 8.1 to your computer where the Xbox One hard drive is installed.
  2. Open Windows Explorer, click Windows key + E key.
  3. Click This Computer.
  4. Right-click a partition from the Xbox One hard disk drive.
  5. Then, select repair.
  6. When finished, do this to other partitions of the Xbox One hard disk drive.
  7. Then, connect it back to your Xbox One.

3. Replace Xbox One HDD

If the HDD was found defective, it could have been the cause of “Xbox one system error e203.” To fix this error, order an HDD to the Xbox service center so the HDD is already formatted for the Xbox One. If you have a spare HDD, here how you can format the HDD run Xbox One operating system.