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How do you properly back up your PSVita’s activation files!


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108 Responses

  1. Michael

    Hi, I just bought a PSTV on 3.60. I entered my Sony account email but I didn’t go to the Sony store yet, do you know how I can check if my PSTV is activated?

  2. Noobaloob

    Adrenaline without activation would be super…THE FLOW is the man, man! Fingers crossed for an early Christmas present!

    • SilicaAndPina

      theoretically its possible to get PSPEMU to run adrenaline directly. w/o hijacking an existing PSP game.

  3. R is a Cat

    hmmm, thanks for the toturial. its great

    well im just thinking can i backup the activication file with vitashell only ? coz in vitashell we can access it right ?

    • Aurora

      I suppose you can copy the files to ux0 or some other parition and keep them safe there till you can copy them to somewhere else.

      • f4

        Some people on Reddit claimed you can place your backups in tm0: and they will be safe even through a system format.

      • Kisaten

        I copied the files to ux0 and then copied to the computer via usb.

        I don’t have the last myprofile.dat though. (I have not tried remote play on this vita yet, is there a way I can get the system to make this file?)

        • TechTomas

          yeah you can create one yourself and put any psn account ID and connect to any ps4 thru direct remote play

  4. dat boi

    well i have an unopened vitatv

  5. TesseractE

    Well, that’s what I get for not keeping up on the latest. I tried with my PSTV and it didn’t work, so I figured I’d try again with my Vita and that gave me the same error. ^^;

    I went into the files listed, and the only one out of the three critical ones that’s been updated as of today was vd0:/registry/system.dreg . The other two still have older ‘last modified’ dates. Does this not matter, or is my dreg file truly the only one that’s been ‘reset’? If so, would it be possible to just modify the Registry to get functionality back?

    • warfaren

      If Sony deactivates your Vita/PSTV, what basically happens is that the tm0:/npdrm/act.dat gets deleted, so if you go in the npdrm folder it will be empty. To fix it, just place the act.dat back in and restart the Vita and it will be activated again. It already happened to me twice and putting the file back fixed it both times!

      • TesseractE

        My Vita still has an act.dat in the npdrm folder with a modification date of 4/6/16, but I’m still getting the error. Heh… I was going to record some gameplay off my PSTV tonight, too. ^^;

  6. Gio

    Although my Vita is activated that does not mean that I will be able to download my legitimate games from the ps store?

  7. lola

    you can activate with the act.dat file alone, if you input your psn account details first in the trophy app and then transfer the file to your vita

  8. Some dude

    Not last

  9. np3228

    how do you activate the vita again? you just copy those files back?

    • Aurora

      As far as I know, yes as long as they’re in the correct paths.

      • np3228

        Alright, thanks.

      • _iDevIceXsi_

        u said not log out you mean as in starting the psn app or being signed in ? which case is bad ??

        • BlackBrain

          I checked my Vita yesterday (I was only having act.dat file backup, so I had to backup other files), after transferring files using FTP, I deactivate my WiFi and just get a look at PSN settings to see I was logged to it !

          I didn’t tried to download anything from store, nor to activate/deactivate my Vita cause it was already activated, so I never had any error message on my Vita. This far everything is working as it should, my Vita is still activated… So seems like it’s not a problem. I just avoid generating famous error message.

  10. Niuwizhisigikaldi

    How do I know if my Ps vita is activated ? Thanks ! Sorry for noobism

  11. Michael

    I have an activated PS Vita and a non-activated PSTV, both in 3.60

    Can I copy the files from the Vita to the relevant paths of the PSTV to activate it?

    • _iDevIceXsi_

      i have heaed that technically it should work if u have the activated files of a single console tho it will give a way all the persons passwords and details so be sure not to share it with anyone

    • Frank

      No, the file is unique to the device with user logged on.

  12. Dmaskell92

    Thanks Aurora, I wasn’t aware of the extra activation files.

  13. M

    >> If you had used Account Manager before, your activation files are safe too. Just get them from “ux0:pspemu/PSP/SAVEDATA/ACTM00001"

    I used Adrenaline in my Vita but I don’t have that file/folder under SAVEDATA, just:
    * ARK_01234/ folder
    * ULES002620000/ folder

    Any idea if that means my activation files are gone?

    • Aurora

      Unless you used Account Manager, Account Switcher or you backed them up yourself, they’re gone. Adrenaline doesn’t back up activation files.

  14. geo

    Si cambiamos la fecha de creación de los archivos de activación?

    • Damian

      No pasa nada,necesitas hacer copias de los archivos antes de que te ponen en lista negra Sony,la lista es la de arriba, necesitas usar ftp FileZilla y copiar los archivos listados arriba.

      • Gio

        Si, lo que se me ocurrió en mi mente noob es que Sony ha bloqueado el acceso de las consolas que tienen un archivo Dat viejo, por eso decía que si ponemos una fecha de creación más reciente al dat podría permitirnos instalar nuestros juegos legítimos, yo he perdido 60gb en juegos legítimos usaba henkaku solo por el ds4vita xD

  15. Radcliff

    I hate using FTP clients because my connection isn’t exactly the best. So using Vitashell I just copied the files from tm0 and vd0 to my data folder and moved the copies to my computer via USB. That should work just as well right?

  16. Raph

    Why???? Is vita activation through epsp bubble installer 3.1 no longer working?

    • Michael

      Unfortunately that seems the case. I tried yesterday to activate with EPSP bubble installer and it didn’t allow me 🙁

  17. Im a Thief

    This stupid Sony doing some unnecessary thing for us i thought they abandon 3.60 users Ok here’s the thing even your PSV is activated you can’t still download any games that you bought on PSN it seems everyone are drag down to this

    But the good thing is once you manage to back up those files you can install adrenaline as your base game same as EPSP bubble installer except that you bought from PSN this is only for the PPL who manage to backup their files

    to those who miss this part and didnt manage to back up. your EPSP Bubble wont work you have to w8 a lil bit longer yifan will do something about this

    • ZeroSbr

      Sony isn’t doing this for our benefit by any stretch lol. They’re doing this specifically to cripple 3.60 users.

  18. wow

    this sux now. I uninstalled enso and then when I was back on vanilla 3.60 it wouldn’t read my 32gb vita memory card and wanted format it. I had to start over because I did a full restore and format and enso is still installed while I did this and my vita got deactivated and I have some glitch with epsp bubble installer (latest) where game doesn’t activate and throws and error E-… some numbers and only video/music was able to activate successfully. so I still can’t get a bubble installed now 😛

  19. scugy

    my vita is still activated but the account that is linked to it got banned by sony a couple of months ago

  20. yaou

    I would like to return ur what you put in your artticle, you can install adrealne or ark without needing to psn, through the ePSP_Bubble_Installer_v3.0 application

    • Megumigumi

      yes because u manage to back up the files and re install again try to delete those 3 files and lets see what happen

  21. Jm

    Cant you just get the file while on qcma?

  22. Yamaha

    Can i activate a different PS Vita Wirth that Backup Files ?

  23. fhansy

    is it safe sync ps trophy?

  24. Mr. MaGoo

    yo, just as an fyi, the ps3 trick still works with qcma. i just had o do that really quick as i am headed to California for the next 2 weeks here in a few hrs.. lol

    • Frank