Installing Pro CFW on a PSP 1000 (PSP Phat)

Installing a Custom Firmware on your PSP 1000 has never been so easy. In this page I’m describing the easiest possible way for you to install the most reliable Custom Firmware on your PSP: Pro CFW.

As a PSP 1000 owner, you can practically install everything you want on your device, and use other techniques such as the Pandora Battery to install a Custom Firmware. If you are interested in the “advanced” Pandora Battery method, please go check that guide, or the “Power users” section below. If, on the other hand, you want to follow the easy method (which for now I recommend), please keep reading.

Installing Pro CFW on your PSP1000 is simple, free, and is not much risky than installing a Firmware update on your device. It does not require any advanced hack technique or hardware modification. There’s basically 3 easy steps (you were expecting more? Sorry to disappoint):

1. Download the necessary files

2. Update your PSP To firmware 6.60

Skip this step if you already have Firmware 6.60 installed on your PSP.

In order to install Pro CFW on your PSP, you will need to first update your PSP to the 6.60 Sony firmware (which, at the time of this writing, is the latest firmware released by Sony), if that’s not already the case. There are versions of Pro CFW that will run on older firmwares, but updating to 6.60 will guarantee the best compatibility for your official games.

To install the 6.60 Firmware, just unzip the archive on your PSP’s memory stick, in the “PSP” folder (you should end up with an “UPDATE” folder in the PSP folder, if you do things correctly), then run the update from your PSP menu.

Trouble upgrading? Ask for help on our forums

3. Install Pro CFW

The Pro CFW archive provides several subfolders in the “PSP/GAME” folder. Two of them are interesting for us: the FastRecovery and the PROUPDATE folders. Those two need to be extracted to the PSP/GAME folder on your memory stick.

Assuming you extracted the files correctly, you will see a few new applications in your PSP’s Game menu. The one you will want to run in order to install Pro CFW is “Pro Update”. Just run it.

That’s it. You can erase the “ProUpdate” folder from your PSP, but keep the “FastRecovery” one.

4. DAILY USE

That’s it, I said 3 steps :) Welcome to the world of Custom Firmwares. There’s no additional step required to install the Pro CFW. However, every time you reboot your console, you will have to reactivate ProCFW, which is done by running the Fast Recovery tool from your PSP’s Game menu, and takes literally 5 seconds.

5. Power user

In this section you will find additional tricks/steps if you want to improve or customize your experience with a Custom Firmware on your PSP 1000

Some people think that it is a burden to reactivate the CFW every time they reboot their console. It is important to note that this is needed only if you reboot the console, not if you put it into sleep mode. Most people use the sleep mode 90% of the time without ever realizing it. Trust me, I’ve used several PSPs for years now, running the Fast Recovery tool is not a problem in your daily usage. That being said, since you’re running on a PSP 1000, you have a possibility to install the CFW permanently. This is done by running the tool CIPL FLasher from the Pro CFW (included in the archive). I won’t dig into the details for that (just run the tool will do the trick), just know that I personally think this is a feature you won’t need (and there is an additional risk of bricking your PSP) unless you use your PSP for dev purposes.

193 Responses

  1. carlos says:

    Is not let my past the update, put it sees there is not enough space on Memory Stick and I at 32 MB memory stick in my PSP help me please

  2. Kat says:

    Thank you so much for this! I literally have no idea what I’m doing with this stuff, but your guide is so straightforward and simple it’s really a godsend. Worked like a charm, thank you so so much!

  3. Nathan Brewer says:

    If i have a psp 1003 will this work on that

  4. Nathan says:

    Hello, just a quick question, can this be used on PSP 1003 model.

  5. Prince says:

    Thank you vry much…

  6. AHA says:

    work like a charm for me :).
    thanks :)

  7. jo says:

    Help me please i bought s 2nd hand psp1003 and i tried to go online but there is no option, so i tried to update it to 6.60 and it said updated to 7.50 so can not do it, after reading online it says it is a hack, and i am clueless as what to do to make it back to normal so i can have 6.60 as the internet wireless will not work and it seems to me it was hacked before anyone, updated it properly, as it has barely anything in the menu options, it does play movies and will not play games on disc, I deleted games off thinking it was just saved game data, but i think it has some files named iso, in the memory card and it says dump 1-10 i have no idea what all this means? And do not want to mess it up just want it back to 2.20 which it has on there, in some file place.. god sorry for lacking knowledge in the explanation..lol.

  8. jo says:

    Who ever helps me i swear to god i will send 20 quid to them for their help, through western union or something, anyone can get that with i.d… i need it to be working properly and playing games.. like sims, which is will not play.. no internet, options ..boo!

  9. Marecky says:

    Hello
    I have PSP FAT (1003),
    I did everything what is said in this “HOW TO”. After my PSP
    restarts there is a problem with continous reboots. It looks like “SonyComputer Entertainment” screen shows up, then after
    few seconds I get standard wallpaper (waves), in upper right corner clock shows up and then wallpaper stops flowing and
    another reboot occurs. Strange thing is, if I hold both R and L shoulder buttons I my PSP boots correctly and CFW works (checked ‘about’ in system setting and run some newest games backups)
    Please help me with reboot loop, why I have to hold both R and L to boot PSP correctly? Best regards :)

  10. Paul says:

    Please Help – My psp 3003 was working fine with pro update b, but I let my small some borrow it and now when I run pro recovery the psp shuts down after running. I have tried to run pro update again but the same problem. The games are still on the memory card, but do not show up. The firmware is showing 6.60. I think my mistake was I should have deleted pro update from the memory card to avoid this. I have tried formatting the memory card and doing a reinstall but still not working. I thought I would re flash official firmware 6.60 but as it is already 6.60 this is not possible. Please can someone help me out with this. Thank You

  11. Rustan Widenhammar says:

    Easy to install.
    Still not possible to connect to my internet.
    Security settings WPA-PSK (TKIP).
    Tryed also with WPA-PSK (AES)
    Same result.

    The access point was not detected.

    Please help.

  12. Kevin says:

    Sir help me please. i have psp 1003(fat) i cant install PRO CFW on my psp. i already tried 6.20 / 6.35 and 6.60. my OFW of my psp now is 6.60 but when i run PRO UPDATE[CFW pro c2] it will turn to black and stuck. what should i do sir? please reply. Thank You

  13. dhanjit says:

    how can i downgrade my psp 1001 6.60 to 5.03???
    please help me

  14. Dan says:

    I had updated successfully my psp 1k to ofw6.60 from 5.50 GEN D, then I unzipped everything from your file 660PRO C2 to PSP/Game and then ran Pro Update, the screen blank out and then the PSP turned off after a few mins. When I rebooted the psp, it got back to ofw6.60; what have I done wrong and what should I do? Thanks for help.

  15. LOL says:

    I have put the OFW 6.60 in my PSP 1001. The problem is that the OFW doesn’t work and it says “The game couldn’t be started.” Really need help T^T

  16. AaiRez says:

    I have a PSP 1001 that was previously cracked by someone else with firmware 1.50. When I run the pro updater, it just sits there on the screen that says PSP….

    What now?

  17. pspNoob says:

    Hi i tried it out on an old psp 1000 but after i updated the custom firmware, my controls stopped working… I cant move my arrows or buttons and the only buttons that are working are the volume up and down buttons… please help!

  18. Manuel Ribeiro says:

    I was out of the PSP scene for along time already… thanks for the update

  19. Bleach says:

    In ppl HAVING Problems about The games deleted You should’ve Make the BAckup first before updating it.

  20. pandafresh says:

    Anyone having issues with this, IE just getting a black screen after clicking the Update icon, I was having that issue. I was using a 32 gig stick that has two smaller memory cards, so I figured that may be the problem and used a regular Memory Stick Duo, and it worked out fine.

    So if the update doesn’t run, try running it off a standard Memory Stick Duo.

  21. Avid says:

    So I was able to get through all of your steps fine. afterwards i tried putting a psp game iso in the games folder. but the file isn’t recognized when i check the games menu and open up the my memory stick, Am i missing something?

  22. Maicon says:

    Easy and fast.
    Solved my problem.
    thank you dude.

  23. CrotchPuncha says:

    So I updated to the 6.60 firmware, put the CFWPro on the memory stick along witht he fast recovery. When I use the CFWPro option it gives me the PSP logo screen then the screen goes black and it shuts down. It does the exact same thing when using the recover tool. My PSP is a 1000 Phat model. Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

  24. MightyK says:

    Tried to run this on my PSP 1003, couldn’t delete the PRO updater files, now I can’t delete ANYTHING off my memory stick on either the PSP or a PC nor can it read my PSN PS games or save data to my memory stick when I’m in normal firmware mode. Basically this just *** up my whole memory stick. Least I can still boot it in normal firmware mode since I didn’t put it on flash permanently (Would doing so let me delete stuff off the memory stick?)

    • wololo says:

      There is basically no way this could have messed up your memory stick in a way that you can’t do anything with it on a PC… try formatting the memory stick from your PC. Is that a Sony memory stick?

      • MightyK says:

        Its a Sandisk 4GB memory stick with MagicGate. I tried formatting it on PC via PSP USB mode (I haven’t got a card reader yet) but it didn’t take.

  25. MightyK says:

    After using this I cannot delete anything off my memory stick now.

  26. MightyK says:

    Come to think I haven’t installed the firmware permanently from CIPL flasher yet. I’ve only used the Proupdate and FastRecovery files. Think that has anything to do with my problem?

  27. Ned Ryerson says:

    Do I need a Pandora battery for this, or can I just buy a big Memory Stick and go for it?

  28. Dylan Smith says:

    Thank you very much. There is just one problem. I do own a PSP 1000, but CIPL Flasher didn’t work. And every time I boot up my PSP it gets stuck at the PRO recovery menu, and it is stuck at the very bottom option. Is there any way I can fix this? Thanks.

  29. HilaryD says:

    Thanks for the info! It’s soo helpful. I have one question though : I have a PSP 1001, with 37.1 m33. Can I just upgrade right away using the firmware, or do I need to upgrade previous versions, then download the 6.6?

    • toBsucht says:

      Befor install new cfw disable plugins look if your version.txt is a orginal not 9.90 it has to be lower as 6.60 to install 6.60ofw. Switch to ofw run 6.60 update then install pro-cfw.

  30. seth says:

    Since you have to reactivate the cfw every time would you still be able to play umd games?

  31. user69 says:

    DONE THE UPDATES DO I GOTTA ADD ALL THE ROMS

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