Mod your 4.0 Wii to play back ups, install homebrew, and load from usb, all without a mod chip!

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So you upgraded to 4.0 before installing the homebrew channel?
Tried the twilight hack but it failed? Yeah that exploit was fixed in 4.0

This guide will allow you to install homebrew channel and downgrade to 3.2 to get rid of all of nintendos hack blocking, then return to a modified unlocked system menu 4.0.
From there you can do everything, run back ups, load from usb, play dvds etc.

This is only for North American and European wii's ONLY!!!

This will not work on korean or japanese wii's This will not work on your Wii if its serial number starts with LU64 or LU65 or anything higher

I must state that you are following this instrucatable of your own violation, there is always the possibility of bricking your Wii. I take no responsibility for your actions and do not encourage piracy if/when these features in your Wii are activated.
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Step 1: Materials

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Things you will need.
A Wii.
A PC with internet access.
An SD card.

For loading iso from usb:
A usb hard drive (flash, ssd, sata, pata they all work)
For back ups:
A dvd burner in your pc

Step 2: Format

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Format the SD card to Fat32

Step 3: Unplug all gamecube controllers and memory cards.

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Unplug all gamecube controllers and memory cards.

Unplug all gamecube controllers and memory cards.

Unplug all gamecube controllers and memory cards.

Unplug all gamecube controllers and memory cards.

Step 4: Bannerbomb

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Download the bannerbomb exploit from here.
Follow all of the bannerbomb instructions and you will have the home brew channel on your 4.0 Wii!!

If this doesn't work for you, I'm sorry but you'll have to wait for a new exploit.
I've heard that one is being worked on that uses SSBB, but it hasn't been released yet

What can you do with the homebrew channel you ask?
Play games, play video and audio, and various other activities!

More information can be found here a list of Homebrew games is here.

Do not pay for homebrew or the homebrew channel

If you have a wifi enabled Wii I suggest this.
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fobot4 years ago
Check out You should not be downgrading your system for any reason, you can easily make it a brick.
phlum fobot3 years ago
This. Don't risk it for a biscuit, especially if biscuits aren't actually involved.
slimshaddy4 years ago
and how do you do that
Glover244 years ago
ca you use banner bomb on Ver. 4.3???
Unfortunately not, trust me, I have tried. There are only two ways to install homebrew on 4.3, and those are knowns as indiana pwns and smash stack. If enough interest is shown, I can post an 'ible on how to do it with indiana pwns.
menimore44 years ago
I am a newbie will any of this stuff work or harm my wii? And is it ok if Im using a 256 mb sd card? And what if I dont have wifi for my wii? Can I still get the homebrew channel and can I get a virus by doing any of this stuff? thanks a bunch
Unlock Wii4 years ago
Nice Tutorial Mate!.

qaisjp5 years ago
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qaisjp qaisjp5 years ago
p.s since the download Offline Downgrade Upgrade was broken, i went on another forum and downloaded this succesfully , check it out..
btw. i fixed the prob, I DIDNT LET IT FULLY DWNLOAD!!
can you re up load the link
akinich5 years ago
hey nice instructable
i have a question for you
i have a wii and it has a mod chip in it
can i do this if the mod chip is still inside?
will this damage my wii if there is a mod chip inside it when i do this
matstermind5 years ago
i get ERROR ret-2011 how do i fix this?
  thanks! I had tried a hack before but it didnt work this one works very well 
putje675 years ago
Is there a new URL for the link  in step 5 which no longer works?

thx !

dmastachief5 years ago
plz post another link to online files
maxpower495 years ago
link is dead
I havn't tried this but the softmii pack has some stuff you can try using in it
J Rock5 years ago
link is dead... help?
derl5 years ago
Will i be able to play other region games with this guide? Thanks in advance, Derl
aksmak15 years ago
u only format the card to FAT32 if your sd card is 4gb or higher, other wise 2gb n lower is FAT16
howboutit5 years ago
I have updated the 4.1 prior to this. I tried to get the files from the link to no avail. Anyway the files can be made available again. Im hooked up wirelessly. I tried running it from step six but keep getting hung up. Thanks
msa825 years ago
Im haveing trouble with step 5, when i try to install cios_fix.wad it says error (ret=-1035) could you please help with this.
B3Brawler5 years ago
Hi there. My wii is on 4.1 and the current IOS is 36. I think you're link is broken so I downloaded all of the other apps individually but I can't get the cIOS36 rev13 installer anywhere. Suggestions?
sweetsak5 years ago
Download link is not Working.. Could you please Check and update us.. Thanks
fix the link please
nikos00825 years ago
Up to step 5 everything was fine. It patched IOS60 then it says Found new-school ES hash check @ 0x5eaa, patching. Download complete. Installing to title 00000001-0000003c...1...|: ES_AddContectStart(000000010000003c, 0) failed: -1017 install returned -1 installation complete! something failed. sorry. press any key t quit. any ideas or help would be great! thanks
wizzim5 years ago
Sorry im posting so many comments but im a little confused. Whats the point of doing any of the steps (5-7) does that let you be able to load usb drives?
p0tty (author)  wizzim5 years ago
It is clearly stated in the instructable. Please read the instructable before asking questions.
wizzim p0tty5 years ago
Oh sorry, my eyes just skipped over the one sentence. But It still does not load and i get error messages in step 5, #1.
wizzim wizzim5 years ago
Is there any damage done if I already did step 5 but it didnt work? If so can i delete it easily?
veivei5 years ago
hey i did all of the steps but i installed the IOS 38 instead of 36 and it still worked. Was it a typo?
wizzim5 years ago
Ok something i found different is this.
mine says "cIOS38 rev13".
wizzim wizzim5 years ago
>.< gah... I just need one answer Is step 5,6, or 7 necessary?
djpstunt5 years ago
hi klandathu when i try to install cios36rev13 it say error(ret-2011) the i read somebody else ask you a question about the same code you said move on to step two so i did. when i went to the ios dowgrader it just restarted the wii what do i do to fix this problem?
wizzim djpstunt5 years ago
LOL. I am just a problem-maniac, i also got that error message.
I have the same problem
jimjiber5 years ago
Thanks for this but it's not working for mii. I got the Homebrew Channel just fine but when I follow the steps above I check between each one and my system is still at 4.0E. When I attempt step 5 (above) the patching of IOS60 fails (part 15 of 15) and then preloader will not install. When I try installing preloader I get the following error: "Failed to get BOOT, current IOS(36) has the fakesign bug fixed" Any help would be much appreciated!
wizzim jimjiber5 years ago
When you do the Custom IOS 2.0 installer, what version do you do? I did the IOS36. Also when it says installing custom IOS file it gives an error message. Someone please give us an answer xD
wizzim jimjiber5 years ago
Had the same problem.
djpstunt5 years ago
i am using firmware 4.0u
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