Installing Pro CFW on a PSP 1000 (PSP Phat)

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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.


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.

209 Responses

  1. carlos

    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

    • kamil

      I suggest buying a new memory stick card on eBay. You aren’t going to get far instaling games and emulators with only 32 mb.

  2. Kat

    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

    If i have a psp 1003 will this work on that

  4. Nathan

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

  5. Prince

    Thank you vry much…

  6. AHA

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

  7. jo

    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

  8. jo

    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!

  9. Marecky

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  14. Dan

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  19. Bleach

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

  20. pandafresh

    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

    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

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

  23. CrotchPuncha

    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?


  24. MightyK

    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

      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

        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

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

  26. MightyK

    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

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

  28. Dylan Smith

    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

    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

      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

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

  31. user69


  32. herro

    hello i have a problem with my psp and I believe it is because of a ROM emulator I downloaded… I played on my psp normally for about 5 hours(on the emulator with no problems) but now the “home: button won’t work… also I cant use any emulator now and when I’m in the XMB menu and the cfw is running when i press the select button it doesn’t report(it should open the cfw menu right???) thanks in advance…

  33. don

    My PSP is running the fast recovery and it shows the games, but when I try to access them the PSP just goes off. I also try running proupdate and it always tells me press X and when I press X it just goes off. Pls what should I do to it

  34. vashts

    thanks for the 15 minutes of frustration! the OFW download goes in MS:/PSP/GAME/UPDATE/EBOOT.PBP

    please update it! for the sake of sanity of other users who havent touched PSPs in years.

    • randompasserby

      Man, you are a saint. I was about to give up then I just happened to see your comment at the very end. On the behalf of me and other confused lurkers, thank you.

  35. aaron

    installed the pro 660 cfw but hen i run the program it tells me it cant support my fw my firmware is at the highest upgrade 6.61 is that a problem

  36. DanzY_Bhagat

    Hy3 Dev ova hea ?
    Actually i have one doubt will it work for PS-Vita my model number is PCH-1102
    em bugged up ya with this vita from so long its jus dumbed in ma bedroom i have no games to play …
    i know to to download the iso,s n cso.s but em unable to install any jus let know it this custom rom gonna help me out from this bug …
    i am use to of custom roms on anroid but em not that in touch with such game boyz …,
    Advance thx for the dev who gonna suggest me lil :)
    Take keep Posting n learing (y)

  37. This does not work for PSP Street versions. Put the 6.60 update and the CIPL Flasher and other programs in the GAME folder. When you have cracked your PSP, make a directory on the card called ISO (dont put this in the GAME folder, put it straight on the card when you double click it to open it up on your computer), then unzip the ISO into that ISO folder. They will appear on your PSP in the GAME part of the menus.

  38. jay

    thank you guys i pulled out my old psp 1000 cuz i was not able to put emulators on my iphone any more. this was so easy, i had tried years ago with no success now i am flying high playing all of my child hood games thank you guys so much

  39. Shaun

    hey i own a psp 1000 with the system of 3.71 m33-2, i downloaded the 6.60 patch but it says that i cant run it on my psp, any solution for such circumstances?

  40. Bubs

    Excellent guide. Just broke out my old PSP 1000 — it had 3.80 installed! Process of installing CFW was much easier than I remembered when I looked into this before.

  41. Becky

    Hi, I downloaded and extracted the 6.60 firmware onto my memory stick but when I try the update I get the message ‘Game cannot be started (DADADA)’ all the time.

    I even tried the Pro Update and still no luck.

    What can I do? My console is a PSP 1000 bought Used.

    System is 3.40 oe-a

    My UMD Games work fine, but my other non-UMD games say I need to update to play but it won’t update at all?

  42. Pritpal

    Hey guys..
    My PSP1000 stucked on 5.00 OFW, Now I’m unable to update it to 6.6xx.
    Whenever i tried to update it give me error message “system config doesn’t appear to be correct DRNFFFFFFBO”

  43. Petter

    I have a PSP 1000 . I have updated to 6.60 Pro CFW. How can I SAFELY make the CFW permanent so I don’t have to use FastRecovery (or whatever it’s called) to launch CFW every time I start the PSP?

  44. Chip

    Does this require a pandora battery?

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