Installing Pro CFW on a PSP 3000 (PSP Brite)

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Important note: the following guide is valid on all regional variations of the PSP 300x: PSP 3000, PSP 3001, PSP 3002, etc… up to PSP 3009.

Installing a Custom Firmware on your PSP 3000 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.

Installing Pro CFW on your PSP3000 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/GAME” folder (you should end up with an “UPDATE” folder in the PSP/GAME 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 3000

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, it is possible on most models of PSP 3000 to downgrade to Firmware 6.20, and install a permanent CFW on this firmware. Honestly I don’t recommend this, but if you’re interested, go and check on our forums.

491 Responses

  1. Ulrich

    Hi, I followed the instruction and downloaded the files.
    But when I tried to update it went to a blank screen and says the following:

    Sorry. This program doesn’t support your firmware FW(0X06030510)

    What went wrong? I double checked just in case I’ve got my PSP version wrong but it isn’t. Mine is a 3008 so it should be the same category as 3000’s right?

    Thanks in advance

  2. deepak

    plzzzz help i hav psp 3004 version 5.03 , how to crack permenantly plzzzz help me gyzzzzz

  3. deepak

    plzzzzz help me gyzzzzz

  4. Persia Altair

    Hey guys, I did all the steps mentioned above and It worked properly the only problem is that it doesn’t show my games when I activate it (Let’s say the game is MHP3rd English Patch v.5) when i checked the the game in the folder it clearly shows it there . why doesn’t it show up ? PLZ. HELP

  5. Chico

    I f***d up, I went to PRO CFW instead of Pro Update & now my psp’s not responding please help!!

  6. Asraf

    anyone can help me. i have upgrade my psp to version 6.61..i cant play game..anyone can help me downgrade ?plsss.. email me at

  7. SkyboundLight

    I accidentally used fast recovery, while on 6.61 (was trying to use downgrader to get the 6.60 firmware installed and running on the psp) and it went black, power shut off, and it won’t start at all. Really need help ;-;

  8. GTALover

    It seems a little bit out of date, Wololo. OFW 6.61 has already been released and PRO and ME for 6.61.


    hey i followed the steps properly (like i do always) and now i have pro c2 in my psp but i also have this other folder ‘CIPL_FLASHER’ along with the ‘FastRecovery’ & ‘PRO UPDATE’ folder in my PSP/GAMES folder… i deleted the PROUPDATE but what do i do with the CIPL_FLASHER…??? i it safe it run it…??? what happens if i run it…??? Damn curious.. lemme know… AND thanks for this post.. helped me a lot…!!!

    • Carson

      “hey i followed the steps properly (like i do always) ”

      No you did not. The tutorial said only copy PROUPDATE and FastRecovery to the game folder.

  10. karl

    Cipl flasher is for 1000 series i guess

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