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 πŸ™‚ 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.

245 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. Maicon says:

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

  4. 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?


  5. 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.

  6. MightyK says:

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

  7. 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?

  8. Ned Ryerson says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. seth says:

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

  12. user69 says:


  13. herro says:

    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…

  14. don says:

    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

  15. vashts says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • Cavey says:

      Yeah Though I was doing it wrong, Thanks for pointing out it goes in the PSP/Game Folder Update Appeared then

  16. aaron says:

    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

  17. DanzY_Bhagat says:

    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 πŸ™‚
    Take keep Posting n learing (y)

  18. 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.

  19. jay says:

    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

  20. Shaun says:

    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?

  21. Bubs says:

    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.

  22. Becky says:

    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?

  23. Pritpal says:

    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”

  24. Petter says:

    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?

  25. Chip says:

    Does this require a pandora battery?

  26. Stinky says:

    Guys please help me ! I’ve bought a used psp-1000 japanese version which has 5.50 prome 4 running but all I want is just to get the latest ofw running (6.61). Someone help ? Thanks !

  27. Anthony says:

    I am currently running m33-6 on a psp-1000. I tried installing Pro-C2 but get an error that says “sorry this program doesn’t support your fw”. I did try to install the Official 6.60 firmware, but was told I already had it installed. I’m so lost…

  28. SHANK says:

    but where can i find its games… all of them … any site…. through idm

  29. Alejandro says:

    Many Thanks! It worked perfectly!

  30. squids says:

    So i can install this, and put and ISO for any system (NES, N64, etc..) and it will run? or is additional software neeeded?

  31. Kai Greene says:

    When I try updating the PSP to PRO-B or PRO ME, the system reboots and says The game could not be started (80020148).

    I’ve successfully upgraded my other PSP’s (3000) no problem, Why can’t I upgrade this one? It’s a 1000.

    Please help! Many thanks in advance!

  32. Squids says:

    I have cfw 6.60 pro B10 and i got most of my ISO’s are working but after the 5th or 6th one, they started showing up as corrupt. i got them from the same place and tried them from other places. i also cant get ctf to work and i dont get why.

  33. Hancob says:

    So I updated my psp1000 software version to 6.60. After completing the procedure,it started writing in many different languages I could not understand, then it booted itself.After boot it only stays white
    Please give me a solution

  34. weng says:

    help! I cant update my psp 1000 to 6.60. it says Error..

  35. shawn gilinsky says:

    Interesting article . I was enlightened by the insight – Does anyone know if my company could possibly find a fillable SC Form 400 form to use ?

  36. jt says:

    my psp1004 followed the steps boot it up and it says program doesnt support fw

    im on update 6.61

  37. can says:

    there is no update folder on the psp folder

  38. Solidus says:

    Hi was wondering if anyone still used this site or checks forums I need help with my psp it’s already jail breaked with m33 or something I’m not too sure I’m new to this whole thing but I wanna update my firmware/jailbreak coz I cant play certain games I wanna play if anyone could help me please would be great

  1. July 14, 2016

    […] Installing Pro CFW on a PSP 1000 (PSP Phat) … – PSP Official Firmware 6.60; Pro CFW (latest version) 2. Update your PSP To firmware 6.60. Skip this step if you already have Firmware 6.60 installed on your PSP. […]

  2. November 29, 2016

    […] Time to get some software running. It took me some time to figure out how to get emulators running on a PSP, but in the end I found out that you can install something called CFW 6.60 (for firmware 6.60 that is), which you can run from the memory card (linky here). […]

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