A long time ago, I bought a few games from Xbox Live Arcade (Toy Soldiers and Greed Corporation). We haven't set up our internet connection yet since we moved, but I can still play them unlocked.

The youngest also enjoys these games so we decided to get them on his Xbox. We went to a friends place, used the friend's Xbox which was connected to the internet and bought the games on our silver account.

As long as the youngest's Xbox is connected to the internet, the games are full games and unlocked, but once I take it back home and set it up off the internet, the games revert back to trial games.

Is there anyway to unlock these games on his Xbox like they are on my Xbox?

I heard it might be related to the fact that originally, the silver account was on a memory card, but i transfered it to the hard drive a few months ago.

  • can you confirm what 'Anna Lear' commented on below? Were the games purchased on the same console that you are having troubles with getting the games to be recognized on when there is no internet connection? If that's the case, can you check live.xbox.com/en-US/ConsoleLicenseTransfer/Begin to see that those items are licensed to that console correctly? You don't have to start the process, but it should tell you what has been licensed to that console there. Commented Mar 9, 2011 at 0:01
  • also, which console was the Silver account created on? Commented Mar 9, 2011 at 0:38
  • Having the same issue with fruit ninja , moved the hard drive to a new machine ,it reverted back to a trial edition , going to attempt to move the hard drive back to the old 360 and see if it corrects the process.
    – user19453
    Commented Feb 5, 2012 at 0:44

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When you purchase a game from XBLA, that game is licensed in 2 ways:

  1. To the account you purchase with it.
  2. To the machine that you purchase it on.

Seeing as you purchased those games on another machine, that's why it is requiring you to be online to verify those games are licensed to your account.

What you need to do is transfer content licenses to your console. It is a multi-step process, and you need to be with your new machine as you might need the Console ID, but it's fairly painless and quick. The full instructions and some videos for the license transfer are found at www.xbox.com/drm.

  • Maybe I misunderstand the question, but I think the youngest son has his own xbox and they brought it to their friend's house to bring it online.
    – Adam Lear
    Commented Mar 8, 2011 at 20:24
  • @Anna Lear you might be right, guess I was confused with the references to his xbox and the other one. Commented Mar 8, 2011 at 23:57
  • when i activated the games, i did it on the friends console with the youngest his hard drive on it. i will give this a try.
    – Andy
    Commented Mar 9, 2011 at 8:33
  • @Andy then it sounds like this should work, the licenses should be tied to your friends console. Let us know if it works out. Commented Mar 9, 2011 at 13:53
  • where would i find this console id?
    – Andy
    Commented Mar 9, 2011 at 14:18

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