How to Play an ISO as an XBE on a PC
By Joseph Mars
Updated September 22, 2017
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) files can be played as games on your computer with the proper software, such as a video player that can play .ISO files. Xbox Executable (XBE) files can be played as Xbox games when opened on your computer with an Xbox game-playing program. Converting your .ISO files into .XBE files so you can play the .ISO file as an Xbox game on your Personal Computer (PC) requires downloaded conversion software and an Xbox emulator.
Open your web browser. Find an ISO-to-XBE converter, such as "C-Xbox Tool," "ADR Patcher" or "Craxtion" at Tacoban, 4shared or XBoxISOZone (see Resources). Download it to your computer's desktop.
Move your Xbox .ISO file, such as "Halo.ISO," onto your computer's desktop with your computer's search function. Type in "Halo.ISO" to your search text bar and press "Enter" or "Return" with your keyboard. Find the file in your computer's displayed search results and click it to select it. Drag it onto your desktop.
Open your ISO-to-XBE converter, such as "CXbox Tool v2.0.6," by double-clicking its ".exe" file on your desktop with your mouse. Click the "XBE-Patch" button with your mouse under your "CXBox Tool v2.0.6" window. Consult your converter's attached "Read-Me" text file or go up to its help menu if you aren't sure how to open your converter.
Click your "Halo.ISO" file and drag it on top of your "XBE-File" text bar inside your "CXBox Tool v2.0.6" window with your mouse. Release your mouse button to drop your file inside the "XBE-File" text box. Click the "Apply patch" button below to patch your "Halo.ISO" file into a "Halo.XBE" file. Consult your converter's attached "Read-Me" text file or go up to its help menu if you aren't sure how to convert your ".ISO" file into an ".XBE" file.
Go back to your desktop and open your "Halo.XBE" file with an Xbox game-playing program, such as "Xeon," "CXBX" or "Click-2U" (see Resources) to finish.
Joseph Mars has been writing professionally since 2007. He writes for the Sports Xchange website and reported for the "Eureka Reporter" newspaper. Mars earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Humboldt State University.