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Can i run the same xbox live account on two xbox 360's? I just bought a new one for the home theater room and my son will now take the old one. If i move all of my information to the new can I still play with my son's?


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Sure, its possible; there are several ways to accomplish what you are trying to do.


1) MS Recommended : Buy a memory unit and put your gamertag on that. Simply carry that around with you to move between systems. On the good side, you can take it to any xbox 360 and sign in as yourself. (This is the method I use to float between 3 systems)


The downside is that if you want to move game saves between systems a memory card is somewhat limited in size so you'll have to manage your save files more frequently if you play a lot of games (IE make room for other stuff)


2) Use the account recovery feature of the xbox. This is not recommended as it has known to take a really long time depending on the profile; plus once you recover to xbox #2, in order to go back and play on xbox #1 again you'll need to run the recovery process again on that machine.

EDIT: I just re-read the OP and I believe my info above doesn't cover exactly what you are asking. Are you looking to have 1 account running concurrently on 2 separate xbox systems?
 

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You cannot be connected to Xbox Live with the same account on more than one console at once. You can, however, move a hard drive or memory unit containing the account between consoles without having to do anything exotic, allowing one to alternate which Xbox 360 is currently connected.


Do not recover any gametags onto any consoles if at possible, as it will invalidate all the credentials for the previous account. This can result in a world of hurt, including loss of save games.
 

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Thanks guys,


Yes I think you've answered my question. I would like to have my account on two xbox's but only using one at any given time. I have a memory card which will move my info from my sons to the new one. I will give it a try this weekend. Thanks again.
 

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^hold on there. you can get the memory card and have your profile on there, but i really dont think you can have 2 seperate xbox's with the same game saves.


or am i befuddling this even more?
 

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Originally Posted by Cool Face /forum/post/18211714


^hold on there. you can get the memory card and have your profile on there, but i really dont think you can have 2 seperate xbox's with the same game saves.


or am i befuddling this even more?

The game saves are tied to your account credentials. As long as you have the game saves on the same storage device as your Xbox Live account/Gamertag, there's no reason you can't use them on whatever console you like. For example, if I take the hard drive off my Xbox 360 and slap it on my friend's Xbox 360, I can sign-on as myself and use any of my saved games that are stored on that hard drive.
 

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Originally Posted by Hunter68 /forum/post/18211361


Thanks guys,


Yes I think you've answered my question. I would like to have my account on two xbox's but only using one at any given time. I have a memory card which will move my info from my sons to the new one. I will give it a try this weekend. Thanks again.

That's the way to go or you can just move the hard-drive between systems(kind of a pain).
 

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The game saves are tied to your account credentials. As long as you have the game saves on the same storage device as your Xbox Live account/Gamertag, there's no reason you can't use them on whatever console you like. For example, if I take the hard drive off my Xbox 360 and slap it on my friend's Xbox 360, I can sign-on as myself and use any of my saved games that are stored on that hard drive.

that way you described works. i thought he had 2 seperate xbox's with 2 seperate hard drives, trying to use a single gamertag. i've taken my hdd with me to several friends houses and didnt skip a beat.

he just wont be able to keep the game saves up to date...im just saying
 

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just know that if you switch HD's from system to system for any reason, like if you want to switch the HD instead of using a memory card, any games you ripped to the HD will ONLY play from the HD on the system it was originally ripped on. translation: one 360 will be quiet, and one will sound like a jet plane, and if you were smart you would make your sons room sound like the airport...
 

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Wait...I have one account and two xbox's. I would like to permantly move my current account from my son's to my new one. I think I've done that. But, if at any time I would like to sit down an play a game with my son on his xbox can I log into my xbox live account? I will find out today, as I'm up and running. I've moved and logged onto to my new xbox. I just need to make sure I can copy all of current saved games onto to my new one. Thanks for the replys
 

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=But, if at any time I would like to sit down an play a game with my son on his xbox can I log into my xbox live account? I will find out today, as I'm up and running. I've moved and logged onto to my new xbox. I just need to make sure I can copy all of current saved games onto to my new one. Thanks for the replys

It sounds like what you want to do is transfer your profile to a memory card. Then, you can access your profile from whatever 360 you have that memory card plugged into.


I believe some game saves cannot be transferred to a memory card. To move such game saves, as well as DRM info and such, I think the only way is to use the transfer cable to essentially move the entire HDD content from one HDD to the other.


The other option would have been to simply take your original HDD to the new machine, and give the new HDD to your son for the original machine. There is surely some DRM type stuff that could pop up in either case, but I think it could be rectified with Xbox's 'once a year' DRM-transferability.


Please correct me if I'm wrong, folks!
 

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Originally Posted by Hunter68 /forum/post/18215406


Wait...I have one account and two xbox's. I would like to permantly move my current account from my son's to my new one. I think I've done that. But, if at any time I would like to sit down an play a game with my son on his xbox can I log into my xbox live account? I will find out today, as I'm up and running. I've moved and logged onto to my new xbox. I just need to make sure I can copy all of current saved games onto to my new one. Thanks for the replys

You want all of the data from the original Xbox 360 on the new Xbox 360, or you need to split the data so that some of it stays behind on the old console and some of it moves to the new console?


If you want to move all of the data, just swap the two hard drives permanently, so that the new console has the old hard drive and the old console has the new (blank) hard drive. The Gamertag and all the save games come along, because they're all on the hard drive. If you want to move an account and some save games, but there's data that needs to stay on the original storage device, purchase and make use of a memory card, as described by others in the thread.


Based on what you're describing, about wanting to move all the data, but then be able to "visit" with your Xbox Live account while using your son's save games and local account, you probably have to do both, unless all your save games fit on a memory card and so you wind up using that in place of a hard drive altogether. This is what Zeppo describes above, in terms of having the account on the memory card.
 

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Well to somewhat hijack the thread and get my own question answered...


My son will be purchasing a new 360 when he goes to college this fall. He will most likely purchase an elite ( he told me he wanted an arcade, to save money, but I was pretty sure it has no hard drive, which it does not. A 60GB costs 100. So it would be silly to buy an arcade and a 60GB HD, when he can get an elite with a 120 GB HD for the same total price).


So since he has his own LIVE account on my 360, he will need to transfer that account to his new 360. The only thing he will be interested in is moving his save file(s) for Call of Duty, most likely just Modern Warfare.


Since I replaced a defective 360 with an Arcade and used my old hard drive, I have a memory card that came with the arcade.


I figure when he comes home at times, he may want to play on my 360 with his old account.


So what does he transfer to the memory card besides his COD save? And what does he do on his new 360? Not a 'recover' as that will remove him from mine.


We would simply want his gamertag on there and his COD save.
 

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Originally Posted by Rhyvven /forum/post/18227147


I figure when he comes home at times, he may want to play on my 360 with his old account.


So what does he transfer to the memory card besides his COD save? And what does he do on his new 360? Not a 'recover' as that will remove him from mine.

There's an operation somewhere in the dashboard to "move" a profile/account/Gamertag from one storage device to another. The account can only exist in one place at a time, so it gets moved temporary (or permanently) to a memory card so that it can be used in another console. When one is done, if the move was not permanent, one returns the memory card to whichever console will use the account on a regular basis and one either continues to use the account from the memory card, or moves it back to the hard drive.


As you say, an account recovery should be avoided at all costs. This may look like it's allowing the same account to exist in two different places at once, but it actually invalidates the DRM keys for the old account and causes all kinds of problems.
 

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The profile is an 8MB file which you can transfer from your MU to the hard drive or whatever. In fact you don't even need to transfer it. My XBL profile is "permanently" on the MU, which I just leave plugged into the Xbox. The system knows to find the profile on the MU instead of the hard drive.
 

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Is there any way to get my new Elite to recognize my GT from my MU, so it automatically signs me in? My daughter has my original XBOX which automatically signed me in, but my new Elite has to be manually signed-in which is a PITA.


Any setting I can easily change to fix this?
 

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^i agree and so i reply with a formal text posting showing my opinion to the rest of you
 

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Originally Posted by TheDigger /forum/post/18229544


Yes, under system setttings there should be an option to sign in automatically.

Just from memory, it may be an option under your individual account, i.e. when you're viewing your cute little avatar. Basically you manually sign in using that profile/account, then go to your options for that account and enable it as the one and only automatically signed in account for that console.
 
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