Last night while playing Shadows of the Damned my console froze up. When I reset it a message came up saying that a system update was a available from Xbox Live and that I needed to download it. When I did download it and the system reset after applying it the same message came up again.
"That's odd," I thought, "The update must not have installed correctly. I'll try again." So I did. The same thing happened. I assumed this meant Microsoft had rolled out a new update and the implementation had gone a little wrong somewhere. Better just play offline until they get it fixed in a couple of days. So I clicked No, to decline the update. This is when the real trouble started, a message popped up saying:
"Some Xbox 360 features are either corrupt or missing. A system update is necessary to replace them"
This got me really worried. So I tried installing the update again but it just got stuck in the same install loop. The same thing happened when I tried updating from USB. Clearing the cache does nothing. None of my content works, I can't play games and eventually the system just locks up. I've managed to get things running long enough to transfer my save files to USB though, which is good.
My question, is there a way to wipe my 360 back to default in order to fix this? Will Formatting the HDD and performing the system update via USB fix things? I'm using a 360-S 250GB system btw.