Installing Pro CFW on a PSP 2000 (slim)

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Installing a Custom Firmware on your PSP 2000 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 2000 owner, depending on your motherboard type, there’s a chance you can 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 PSP2000 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 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 2000

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 2000, you have a possibility to install the CFW permanently, assuming that your motherboard is hackable. 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.

205 Responses

  1. sahd says:

    Successfully upgraded to version 6.60 pro c2. Having issues with installing games, says corrupted data? Made the ISO folder in the root folder but still saying corrupt?? anybody? any suggestions? thanks

  2. chibs says:

    hi i just ran on this blog. am a noob when it comes to this. am having problem with my PSP slim 2001. i accidentally upgraded its firmaware from 5.50 to 6.60. i cannot play my converted games neither iso games. please help me with this problem. much appreciated for your help πŸ˜€

  3. donzz says:

    Hello , how to do this please tell which to install first ?

  4. Qwecu says:

    Please I seriously need help my psp is slim 2001 which runs on a version 5.50 Gen D2 I tried to update it but it keeps on saying, no need to update you have version 9.90 which is not true

  5. Qwecu says:

    pls my simple qeustion is my psp runs on version 5.50 Gen D2 can i intall the updatepro on it without updating it to 6.60…….
    i tried it on a psp 3004 and it was very cheap THANKS

  6. Yaser says:

    Ok i install the cfw pro on my 6.60 ver but some game dosn’t start became black screen the the psp turn off ,, can any one help …

  7. L jones says:

    Quick question: I have installed cfw 6.60 (not the permanent one) on my psP 2003 and want to transfer everything to a bigger memory stick. Do I have to re-hack it so to speak or do I just need the quick recovery from the existing memory stick, if that makes sense.

    Any help would be appreciated πŸ˜‰

  8. mojo says:

    hey i have cfw promethues 4 and i wanna update it to 6.60 cfw , and that pro cfw is okay but there is one thing that annoys me which is that i have to activate it every time i open my psp , it seems that its the same as those simi cfw’s on the unhackable psp’s and my psp is fully hackable so is there any other 6.60 cfw that doesn’t need me to activate it every time i open my psp? please say yes πŸ™ and thnx in advance

    • mojo says:

      alright sorry πŸ˜€ i didn’t read the whole thing okay i got it, i installed it permenantly and all done thanx great job

  9. Adonai says:

    I don’t get this, i downloaded the CW thing and i get 2 maps PSP and seplugins and this guide only sais to put 2 of the three folders in the PSP map to my psp>game directory, what do i do with the other stuff?

  10. Adonai says:

    Oops, i now see in only downloaded the update, there are actually 5 main maps in the download there’s PROUDUPDATE, fastrecovery, sdk, CIPL_Flasher and seplugins.. where do i leave all this besides PROUDUPDATE and fastrecovery? And how exactly do i ”run” the thing in the proudupdate folder?

  11. neilbano says:

    hello, I followed everything as the step goes, and made the program work. However, there was this accident that I dropped my psp and as soon as I tried playing it I noticed that the hack doesn’t work anymore. neither does the fast recovery. everytime I start the FastRecov my PSP shuts down(turns off). What do I do? It only did this after I dropped my PSP. Prior to that it works perfectly fine.

  12. Alfonso Villareal says:

    I tried following your guide but I’m having trouble updating my PSP 2000 to 6.60. Every time I try to extract the OFW winRAR says “! C:\Users\Hp\Downloads\OFW660.zip: The archive is either in unknown format or damaged”. I don’t know how to proceed. Can anyone please help me out?

  13. Nick says:

    Hi, does this CFW requires a genuine memory stick pro to use? I haven’t touch my PSP in years and I remember that 5.00m33 requires a genuine memory stick pro to activate.

  14. Alfonso Villareal says:

    Hi, I successfully updated my PSP 2000 to 6.60 using Sony’s OFW, I also managed to install CFW on it. Problem is, now my PSP gets stuck with the wallpaper and a circle(the one that indicates that it is loading). I shut it off and turn it on again and it works sometimes, but sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t think I’ve managed to brick my PSP because it still does work. Also, when it does work there isn’t any ISOs visible anymore, even if I know that they worked before. Is there a way to fix this, if so how? Thanks.

    • toBsucht says:

      Do you use plugins (do not enable to much of them at the same time) maybe set cpu speed higher. Also i believe it can be a bad connectors of your MS sometimes cleaning works.

  15. Ahabit says:

    Hi, I’ve updated my psp to 6.60 and doenload the CFW, but when I go to the game option in my psp, it keeps saying “corrupted data.” I’ve downloaded the software and have extracted the files to that part of the folder, but i keep getting this message…

  16. Mimi says:

    I put it in the game folder on my memory stick, but the update didn`t show up

  17. Kreed says:

    Hi,
    I have 5.00 M33 -6 cfw installed on my Psp.
    But Tekken 5 doesn’t seem to work. I tried all the required settings like using the M33 Driver -No Umd- yada yada yada.
    And disabling options at Advanced.
    But when start Tekken 5. The PSP logo shows up and then poof. Black screen. I can use the Home button. But when I choose ‘Yes’ it hangs.
    Some help would be appreciated. πŸ™‚

  18. Mat says:

    I have a 6.20 pro-b10 cfw. So I just need to update the system firware to official 6.60 and then use the patch for 6.60c and all is set?
    Oh and will this version have more compatibility in games or just the same?
    Sorry for the noob questions :p its gonna be my first tome doing this to my psp since im usually not the one upgrading it πŸ™‚
    Thanks!

  19. Twinky says:

    o, am a complete noob to psp and so on, sorry. i got a new psp from a friend, but it won’t play cso/iso games, i tried putting them in mp_root folder in an iso folder there and still won’t work, it upgraded to 6.60 already, only games from psn that work.. am i doing something wrong, getting feedup of reading and trying new things according to the different forums. pwease welp..:3

  20. Grim says:

    Okay. I have 5.00 m33-4 on my psp. Is there any way to update to 6.60 without the sony update cause I don’t have the pandora battery or the magic stick. Don’t even know if you need that it’s been a while for me. Someone please help me

  21. Dash says:

    Received a console that had 5.50 prome 4. Followed instructions and have updated to 6.60. When I go to load Pro C2 the console closes and then quickly display CFW install options with ‘exiting’ at the end. There is no way I can press a button in time to install. Have not had this issue on any other console. MB TA 085

    Can I get around this? Have tried different memory cards with no success.

  22. kyoshiro mibu says:

    im running on 5.00 m33-4 cfw and i have a pandora battery and a mms but once i did the 6.60 update it kinda in a way bricked my psp i can not boot into 6.60 ofw i have to hold L and boot into m33 test otherwise my psp just crashes and shuts itself down and doesnt even boot i dont own a normal battery and its a psp 2000 i need serious assistance in unbricking this update so i can install the pro cfw i have them on here but once i try to load the pro cfw’s it says not usable with the current cfw i even tried installing 5.00 ofw and it still bricks up and says im on 5.00 m33-4 im so lost lol help me please oh psp gods xP

    • alevineman says:

      Install 6.60 ME-1.8 while in Test M33. That should fix your problem. It flashes a cIPL, which appears to be your problem. If not, use your pandora and MMS.

  23. Bryan says:

    how many mb’s does this 6.60 update have?

  24. nfjd says:

    Hi!
    I have a PSP2000 with 5.50 GEN-D3… what do I need to do to update?
    Cheers.

  25. Matt says:

    I have a PSP 2003 with 5.00 M33-6, and a Pandora Batt. is there any newer firmware available?

  26. Rose says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  27. Sudo_Made says:

    I have a PSP Slim 2002 zy (Yellow Simpson’s Release) with Dark Alex’s M33-6 CFW and followed these instructions starting with upgrading to Sony OFW 6.60 and then ran the Pro CFW 6.60-C fix 3 update and everything worked great. A lot easier than how it used to be to get CFW running, lol.
    Thanks Uploader!

  28. montasir says:

    I tried these steps and now after the reboot the psp is stuck on loading screen PLEASE HELP

  29. mark says:

    i have a problem when i installed the update my battery stops working help please!!!

  30. Polymar says:

    After upgrading to 6.60 ofw and installing pro-c2, my iso won’t boot. They got stuck with a black screen. All of them worked with 5.00 m33!

  31. marriedman says:

    I found my PSP2001 the other day and thought I would update it. I had 5.50 GEN-D3 installed. I downloaded the official firmware per the instructions and went about installing it. I got the issue that I am currently running 9.90 blah blah blah…. so I mount flash0 and change the version.txt to 5.50.

    Now I can apply the update. As soon as I did, I got the red screen of death. ” A serious error has occurred…” I tried installing Hellcat’s Recovery and the got me nowhere. And the newest thing is that my memory card is now wiped clean. I still have GEN Recovery, but now I have no Helcat Recovery. If I create the PSP folder, then GAME, then RECOVERY and add the Hellcat recovery to it, it won’t load.

    Is my PSP completely bricked now?

  32. Vilcker says:

    on my psp 2000 / 5:50 Prome -4 is giving this error [ Sorry. This program doesnt’t support yout FW ( 0x05050010 ) . if someone can help me thank you

  33. Cyntiii says:

    What if update 6.61 is availble.. does it stil work then?? or should i stay at 6.60 to make sure itwill work?

  34. Cynthia says:

    It’s not working on my ps2000.
    It say’s that de update version is 1.52 instead of 6.60 when i put this file on my psp… does anyone know why?
    My psp has version 3.60

  35. WesleyJDarko says:

    Anyone who got the 6.61 update there is a patch that came out o-o It was a patch of Pro so ya

  36. 1wqeq says:

    if mine is version 6.61 how

  37. Waaaaat says:

    Can this method work on psp 2001??

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