How to Get Your Halo 4 Screenshots Off Your Xbox


Halo 4 is an excellent game, but that’s not to say its without its flaws (which ill be outlining in my upcoming review). One of these flaws is the fileshare system. It’s broke. It can’t be accessed or uploaded to the Internet at time of writing. Thankfully, your screenshots are safe. Our good friend and creator of the Halo: Reach Challenge Initiative has created a nice little tool to extract all of your Halo screenshots right off your Xbox’s hard drive.

The process is a bit complicated, but he’s written up a in-depth guide here. I’ve taken the liberty of re-xplaining it below.

What you’ll need:

- Xbox HDD + Transfer Kit
– USB Flashdrive formatted as an Xbox Storage Device.

- Halo 4 (duh)
– screenshots taken in Halo 4 saved to the memory location you’ll be using.

- the modding program “Horizon” (Note: LevelSave nor encourages modding of consoles through this program.)

First off, make sure all your screenshots and films are saved on on the location you’ll be connecting to your computer, then follow Kirk’s directions:

“On the right you’ll get a list of files located on the device. Harddrives will have a lot more folders than USB devices, but Horizon should make it easy. Drop down the “Games” folder, then “Halo 4″, and the files within should be your screenshots. Just drag the files into a folder on your computer that you can find later.”

“Now that you’ve got the files on your computer, [download here and then] open up my program, and either click File > Batch, drag the files, or drag the entire folder into the program window. Within a second or two the list should populate with details about the files. You can double click each item in the list to view a preview of the screenshot (click the preview window anywhere to close it). You can save individual screenshots by right clicking, and you can remove selected or inverse selected (all but what’s selected) items from the list. At this point, you can just click Save > Save All and select a folder to output the JPG files to. That’s it. Congratulations, you can now post your awesome screenshots on the internet.”

Simple, right? Now, post your best screenshot for all of us to see below and let us awe in your wonderful spartan sexiness! Be sure to follow @ReachChallenge and give him a hearty thank you for helping out the community.

[This Has Nothing to do With Challenges -]


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Austin Griffith is's Reviews Editor. He began gaming young with Pokemon Silver and Banjo-Tooie and hasn't stopped since. You can find him on Twitter @AustinG909 and on Xbox Live at iKarmakazi. You can email him directly at

29 Comments on "How to Get Your Halo 4 Screenshots Off Your Xbox"

  1. NoRegrets March 25, 2014 at 6:44 am - Reply

    That second link definitely doesn’t work, but you can easily find the program on other forums or variants like it. But once i finally completed the process, i saved some of my own screenshots…

  2. Heavenswrath2013 October 21, 2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I’m stuck on am I supposed to be here?

    • Austin Griffith October 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      I apologize. Unfortunately Halo2Freeek is unable to host the site anymore, thus, the method may not work.

  3. Irish Sniper N July 30, 2013 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    The link appears to be broken/removed.

  4. DREADNUAT323 February 21, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    my files don’t show up on my USB drive

  5. GrimReckoning13 December 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    what can i say ive got a talent ….. thanks for all your help

  6. Ben December 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much!

  7. Crimson Flux December 8, 2012 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for this guide. I’ve been using it to pull screenshots of my custom map for showcasing; can’t imagine trying to describe it without pictures. You guys are the shizzle…

    • Crimson Flux December 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Pics ripped with Horizon/Screenshot Extractor

  8. kazumi December 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    i have my shots on a usb and in my computer but i can’t get horizon to let me view them, help please!

    • Austin December 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Shoot a tweet over to @ReachChallenges.

  9. Assassin December 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    is there a way to do this buy with your videos and clips?

    • Assassin December 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm - Reply


      • Austin December 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

        I’m not sure, inquire with @ReachChallenges on Twitter.

  10. SPARTdAN December 4, 2012 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Thank you!

  11. Assassin December 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    just an assassination

    • WhosoeverJoe December 4, 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply


    • Assassin December 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply


  12. PurpleScales21 November 30, 2012 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Thank you very much! I had a tonne of shots waiting to be used. :)

    • WhosoeverJoe December 4, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Dang, those are awesome!

  13. IcerPro November 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks! :)

    • (austin) November 25, 2012 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Awesome screenshots! Mind if we use some of them?

  14. Hdude November 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Sorry but i would like to get my screenshots without having my 300 dollar xbox bricked

    • IcerPro November 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      No reason this would brick your xbox. Just copy local screenshot files to your formatted USB stick (tedious), Insert the disk while Horizon is running as administrator, Extract each screenshot files to a folder (tedious), batch save them with the screenshot program.

    • (austin) November 25, 2012 at 12:31 am - Reply

      None of this could brick your Xbox, don’t worry!

    • Reach Challenges November 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      There is absolutely no possibility of bricking your console with this method. You’re doing the exact same thing as you would normally to move save files between consoles, but you’re moving the files to your computer. You’re not even moving them back to the console. As the commenter above me said, the process is a little tedious at the moment, but I have plans to update the program to read directly from a Xbox memory unit at some point in the future.

  15. Ciara November 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I can’t even figure out how to take a Screenshot to begin with lol!

    • (austin) November 25, 2012 at 12:31 am - Reply

      Haha, yeah, it’s a bit confusing.

      • sky December 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm - Reply

        how do i take screen shots in halo 4 :/ only know how to do it from matchmaking games

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