Error E203 means the installation has failed. Here are 5 methods of fixing this error.
After updating your Xbox with the latest software, you encounter the Xbox System Error E203 when trying to launch. The error simply reads, “System Error: E203 0000080F 80073CF6.” The error happens when you’re trying to install an app or when updating an already installed one. The error shows up after the installation process has been completed, and means that the newly installed file has had some troubles during installation.
Possible causes for the error may include connection problems, system glitches, outdated system software, Xbox server outages, or corrupt system files during the update/installation process.
This is what the error looks like:
The Xbox error E203 is specified as a failed system update. An unexpected hindrance during the installation of new software can cause this error.
You can fix the error by updating your Xbox One offline, restarting the console, performing a factory reset, and more.
Xbox allows you to restore the console to its default factory settings without losing your games and apps.
Check Xbox Server Status
Firstly, check the Xbox server status because Xbox users may encounter errors when the Xbox servers are down due to glitches or maintenance. In that case, there is no solution but to wait for the servers to go back live. Hence, you can use these steps to get an update on the current server status.
Furthermore, you can attempt to resolve the issue by using a USB drive containing offline system update files for your specific Xbox model. In my case, I used a 5GB empty USB flash drive formatted as NTFS. Make sure you have at least 4GB of free storage on your USB drive to complete the offline update.
In addition, you would need to connect this USB to a PC or a laptop. So keep one at hand when you want to update your Xbox One offline. Use the steps below to get the process right.
Format the USB to NTFS
Firstly, insert the empty USB drive into one of the USB slots on your PC/laptop.
Click on “This PC” from the “Desktop” screen.
Once your USB appears in the right column, right-click on it.
Choose “Format” from the drop-down menu.
Pick “NTFS” from the “File System” box.
Keep “Allocation Unit Size” to “4096 bytes.”
Wait for the formatting to complete.
Installing OU1 file
Go to the support Xbox page by searching “Offline Update Xbox” on your browser.
Scroll down to view the “Download the Offline System Update File (OSU1)” section.
Select it to open the steps.
Click on the hyperlinked “OSU1” in the second step of this section.
Install the “Offline System Update File (OSU1)” on your PC.
Once the download is finished, save it to your computer.
Now, extract the ZIP file. Right-click on the file and choose “Extract All.”
It will open a dialog box. Press “Browse” to save the file in your desired folder.
After extracting, open and copy the “System Update” file.
Paste it into your USB flash drive and disconnect the USB.
Additionally, when my team was working on this fix, they noticed some users like xxMastermind007xx on Reddit reported that this solution worked for them too. Considering this and my team’s confirmation, I strongly suggest you go through the same and give this fix a try.
Offline Update Xbox
Follow the following steps:
Next, turn off the Xbox console.
Long-press the “Bind+Eject’ buttons together on the console. (The “Bind” button is on the left side of the original Xbox One console and beneath the “Power” button for Xbox One S.)
Simultaneously, press the “Power” button on your console.
It will open the “Xbox Startup Troubleshooter” screen.
Connect the USB drive to the Xbox console.
Choose the “Offline System Update” option by pressing the “A” button on the controller.
Wait for the process to finish.
Finally, your Xbox will restart after the update. Check if the error is gone.
Reset Xbox To Factory Settings
Resetting the Xbox consoleto its factory settings can help resolve this problem. However, Xbox allows you to keep your games and data intact even after the reset; thus, you will not lose your important files. On the other hand, I recommend you keep a backup just in case something goes wrong.
On a different note, Reddit users SavagePotato404 and beest02 also implemented this same solution to address the error as I did and it turned to be working for them like for me.
Contact Xbox Support
Moreover, contacting Xbox support is another option that can help you send away the error. If you have tried various fixes but the error E203 persists, you can get in touch with the technical team. Tell them about your problems with the console and what you have tried to resolve the error.
The team will check your account details and guide you on what to do next. Besides, you can contact them via chat, phone call, or talk to a virtual agent. Follow the steps below.
First, Search “Xbox Support” on your browser.
Click on “Contact Us” in the sub-links of the first search result.
Hit “Contact Us” or “Ask a Question,” depending on who you want to connect with.
Explain the error and get solutions.
When I faced this error, it took offline updates up to 20 to 30minutes. It also depends on your internet speed and how long it takes for the OSU1 file to download completely on your computer. If the internet is slow, then it may take longer. Therefore, you should set aside almost an hour to finish the process from scratch.