Fix Xbox One error code E101 [STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE]

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Xbox One error code E101

Error code E101 is an Xbox One error that arises for some users when they try to update their consoles. The error message displays an E101 code that includes some other numbers.

Consequently, users can’t play games on their Xbox One consoles. So, it’s a pretty serious error code; but there aren’t many confirmed resolutions for it.

What you can do is go straight for the Offline update and we showed how to do it below.

How can I fix Xbox error code E101?

  1. Microsoft’s resolution for error code E101 is to update the Xbox One offline. To do that, get an empty four to five GB USB drive formatted with NTFS.
  2. Then boot up a Windows laptop or desktop.
  3. Insert the USB drive into a USB slot on the desktop or laptop.
    USB stick xbox error code e101
  4. Download the OSU1 (Offline System Update) ZIP file.
  5. Press the Windows key + E keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer.
  6. Open the OSU1 ZIP in File Explorer.
  7. Select the Extract all option to open the window shown below.The extract ZIP window xbox error code e101
  8. Press the Browse button to select a path to extract the ZIP to.
  9. Then click the Extract button.
  10. Open the extracted OSU1 folder in File Explorer.
  11. Select the $SystemUpdate file and click Copy to.The Copy to button xbox error code e101
  12. Click Choose location on the Copy to menu to open a Copy Items window.Copy Items window xbox error code e101
  13. Then select to copy $SystemUpdate to the USB drive.
  14. Remove the USB drive from the laptop or desktop.
  15. Unplug the Xbox One, and then plug it back in again after a few minutes.
  16. Press the Bind and Eject buttons, and hold those buttons to keep them pressed. Then, with the Bind and Eject buttons held, press the Xbox button.
  17. Let go the Bind and Eject buttons after the second power-up tone. Thereafter, the Xbox One should start up at the Xbox Startup Troubleshooter.
  18. Next, insert the USB drive that includes the update files in an Xbox One USB slot.
  19. Select the Offline system update option with the controller’s D-pad and A button to initiate the update.
  20. Thereafter, wait for the console to update and restart.

That’s one potential resolution that might fix the Xbox One E101 error for some users. However, if that resolution doesn’t fix the E101 error, there might be a hardware issue. In which case, users will need to return their Xbox One consoles to Microsoft for repairs.

The big M offers a free repair service for Xbox One consoles still within their warranty periods.

FAQ: Learn more about Xbox One

  • What is error code E101 on Xbox One?
Error code E101 is an Xbox One error that arises when you try to update your consoles. The error message displays an E101 code that includes some other numbers. Visit our Xbox One Troubleshooting section for more information on Xbox One error codes.
  • What happens when you reset your Xbox one?
Resetting the console to factory settings will delete all user data, including accounts, games, and apps, saved games, settings, and home Xbox associations.
  • How can I fix error code E101 on Xbox One?

The main solution would be to update your Xbox One offline. Learn how to do that from our expert guide to fix error E101.

  • Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2019 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.