How to Install XBox Live Gold

By Nick Grimes

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Ethernet cable

  • Internet router

  • Computer with Internet access

  • Valid credit card

Play Xbox online with Xbox Live Gold.
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Xbox Live Gold is the premium level of online membership for the Xbox 360 console. While the regular Xbox Live account will allow users to browse and download game updates, add-ons and software, an Xbox Live Gold account permits players to utilize the online multiplayer features of games. These can include everything from competitive or cooperative play to persistent global high score lists. Getting onto Xbox Live Gold is a simple process.

Connect the Xbox 360 console to the Internet by plugging the ethernet cable into the back of the console and connecting it to a free port on the router you use to connect to the Internet.

Turn on the console. When the system's home screen is displayed, navigate to the "My Xbox" section so that your avatar is displayed. Select "Join Xbox Live."

Click "Sign Me Up," then input a user name, password, your date of birth and the Windows Live account you wish to use with Xbox Live. If you don't have a Windows Live account, sign up for one at the site in the "Resources" section.

Check your email. A confirmation email will be sent to the email associated with your Windows Live account. Follow the link in this email to validate your account.

Go to the "Xbox Live Sign Up" website in the "Resources" section and choose "Sign Up for Gold."

Input your Windows Live account and password.

Choose the length of the Xbox Live Gold subscription you wish to purchase. You can buy monthly, three-monthly or yearly subscriptions. Click "Next."

Input your credit card details to purchase your Xbox Live Gold subscription. Click "Next" to confirm your purchase.

Reset your Xbox 360 console and sign into your account. Your Xbox Live Gold account automatically will have been added to the console.


All new Xbox Live accounts get a one-month trial of Xbox Live Gold. If you want to try out the services of Xbox Live without paying for a Gold membership, create an account with a new Windows Live ID. You will be given the opportunity to redeem your one-month trial membership without inputting credit card details.