Install ReactOS on Xbox
ReactOS can be either installed to your Xbox or started via Live CD without installing.
A modified Cromwell BIOS is required, which allows you to boot ReactOS or Linux. It's available in two forms: a flashable BIOS image and a standalone XBE file. First, one can be flashed into the BIOS (if you have a modchip, it works very well), and second one can be started directly from the dashboard. It's fully free and can be downloaded below:
If you are using XQEMU, simply pass it via command-line parameter:
- Don't forget to detach your Xbox Gamepad controller because currently, ReactOS won't boot with it.
- Attach your keyboard and mouse before booting into ReactOS (well, hotplug should work too, but since whole USB stack is now in experimental mode it may not work).
In the case of XQEMU, find these parameters:
-usb -device usb-xbox-gamepad
And replace them with:
-usb -device usb-kbd -device usb-mouse
Running Live CD
Just insert your burned CD into the drive, and select CD-ROM (hdb) boot in Cromwell BIOS.
In the case of XQEMU, specify a file for cdrom:
Installing to Xbox HDD
Installation from the Boot CD currently is not supported, however, there's an alternative install method which is fairly simple.
- You should be able to transfer files to Xbox's HDD somehow (best is FTP server, running on Xbox Linux (http://xbox-linux.org) but you can also attach the HDD to your PC – manuals for this are located on the same great http://xbox-linux.org site).
- Your knowledge how to run custom software on the Xbox (you can gain it from the same site).
In the case of XQEMU, you can just use XboxHDM to create a disk image with FATX partitions:
Steps to install
freeldr.sysinto root directory of
ReactOSfolder from where you have it working (virtual machine, real HDD) to
In the case of XQEMU, just move these files into
/xboxhdm/linux/E/ directory. Optionally, if you are using stock BIOS for gaming, you should place
/xboxhdm/linux/C/ directory. Once all files are in place, generate
linux.iso which will allow to run XboxHDM and create a virtual HDD for XQEMU with your files.
Booting from PC HDD
- Note: you should have Cromwell BIOS flashed to the chip to use this boot method. It won't work with Xromwell XBE loader, and it will break your Xbox dashboard! Also note that hard disk should be formatted as FAT32, not BTRFS or any other file system.
Latest Cromwell BIOS firmware supports booting from native FAT32 partitions. You can use
dd utility to write HDD image, or just replace Xbox hard disk with PC hard disk where you have ReactOS installed.