Xbox Series X|S: First Boot

Posted on November 6, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S with 10 Comments

The first time you turn on your new Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S console, you’ll need to step through a simple wizard to get it set up and configured. Here’s how the process works, in photo slideshow/screenshot form.

Note: Apologies up-front for not doing this with a capture device.

This screen cycles through various languages, and while it lets you go old-school and configure the console directly on the device, I always choose the mobile app route because it’s easier to type on a phone.





This is the first major decision. I always choose Instant On, as it provides background downloading of system and game updates.

NOTE: Because I had previously set up and then reset this Xbox, what you don’t see here is a system update happening. You will have to install such a thing when you set up your new Xbox Series X|S. Also not shown is a controller update, which I also previously installed. Both happen at this point in the process.

I do choose “No barriers” here, but that’s a nice set of options, well-explained.

I also enable instant sign-in here.

I’m a bit surprised this is a separate option, but I absolutely want my games to be ready to go when I launch them. Installing updates manually is a pain. Plus it’s time-consuming.

Since the Microsoft Authenticator app is on the phone too, this process is seamless.


Shades of Windows 10.


I could see many customers choosing “Copy settings” here, but I always start fresh.


Here, you need to power on the controller again if it went to sleep and then press the A button to finish up setup.

It has always correctly configured my 4K/HDR display, but you can later make further configuration changes if needed in Settings > General > TV & display options.


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Comments (10)

10 responses to “Xbox Series X|S: First Boot”

  1. gregsedwards

    Nice! Do you know whether this updated setup process will be the same for existing XBO devices, provided they're running the latest build of the OS?

  2. murray judy

    Seems curious that the mobile app can't share Wi-Fi settings with the console and eliminate two set-up steps. Most devices are going this way now.

  3. benisaacs

    Hi Paul,

    Great coverage so far, takes me back to the Winsupersite days! Could I ask a question please - what is the build number for Windows on the Xbox Series X/S - I'm curious if this was anything to do with the Windows 10 "Manganese" builds we saw earlier this year?