This question gets asked so much in the download center im getting tired of repeating myself so ive decided we need an FAQ. Things that will get you banned: Having a flashed console - if the DVD firmware is flashed in your console expect to get banned eventually, you might last 2 weeks or even 2 years depending on how safe you play it. Having a jtagged console - you will be banned instantly if you go on live with a jtagged console. Playing pirated pre-release games on live - not only can this get you a console ban it has in the past got people profile banned so be warned. Trash talking on live - if enough people file a complaint against you sometimes you will end up with a temporary ban. Using accounts pre-loaded with Microsoft Points: - will result in console & profile ban, this includes hacked profiles used to unlock arcade games / dlc. Modifying the avatar to different colors - will result in profile ban. Things that will NOT get you banned: Downloading demos from Digiex - Demos are free, play them from your hard drive, usb drive or a DVD Microsoft really don't care, demos are free to demonstrate the full game. Downloading themes from Digiex - All the themes we have here are free on Xbox Live, you will not get banned for downloading a free theme, its the same as a friend putting his memory card in your console and getting a copy of your theme. Hacked hard drives - maybe at some point Microsoft might release an update that can disable hacked hard drives like they did with the datel memory cards, however its almost been 2 years now and nothing has ever been done about hacked hard drives. (your using them to store purchases from live anyway...) Things that might get you in trouble: Gamerscore hacking - if you are caught tampering with your gamerscore it will be reset to 0 and you will be moved to the cheater zone on Xbox Live. I dont think anyone has ever got banned for this though. Pre-release title play - People have been banned in the past for playing games early, 99% of the time these are pirated games that have leaked to the internet a couple of weeks early. E.g. Black Ops. Have i missed anything? if you know if anything else that can be added to this let me know Ill try and improve the list a bit later, just done it quickly off the top of my head.