Installing a Modded Version of Halo
First, download the modded version of Halo 1 that you want to install. The most popular version is Halo: Neutral Host Edition (NHE), available here:
The basic idea behind installing a modded version of the game involves transferring the game files from your PC over the network to your Xbox via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). First, download an FTP client such as WinSCP or Filezilla. Next, follow these instructions to transfer the game files:
- Make sure your Xbox and computer are both connected to the same network (ex: both your Xbox and your PC are connected to the same router, either via ethernet or wifi).
- Get your Xbox’s IP address by booting it up to the softmod dashboard. If you don’t see an IP address on the main menu, go to “System” -> “Settings” -> “Network”. Set the network type to DHCP and reboot your Xbox (hold both triggers, Back button & Black button). After the reboot you should see your console’s IP address at the bottom of the main menu.
- Open your FTP client (ex: WinSCP or Filezilla) on your PC and set up the connection to your Xbox as follows (settings may be named differently depending on your FTP software):
Hit “Connect” – after a moment you should see some directories and files in the file explorer panel in the FTP client. Depending on your FTP client, the left hand panel will usually contain local files and folders on your PC. The right hand panel displays the files and folders that are on your Xbox. In the Xbox’s parent directory you will see folders representing the different partitions on the hard drive. For example, your DVD drive is “D” and the “E” folder is where games and homebrew apps are installed.
To install a modded version of Halo, copy it to the E\Games directory. The executable file to launch the game is called “default.xbe”. For example, the correct path for a Halo 1 NHE installation should look like this: E\Games\Halo 1 – NHE\default.xbe
It should be noted that when you switch between different mods and/or vanilla, you may need to clear your cache. Failing to do so could result in “Dirty Disc” errors when loading into a match from the System Link menu. To clear the cache, simply find the partition that contains files named “cache000map,” cache001.map,” etc. This can be the X, Y or Z partition. Go up to the root directory on the Xbox and check each of these folders for those cache files and delete them.