Alright so the first time I did any kind of softmodding was, close to a year ago, on my own wii with 4.0u. I then upgraded to 4.1 after the release of NSMB and haven't messed with any softmodding or homebrew since. Now I have 2 friends with their own wii's and they asked me to softmod theirs and now I'm feeling outdated. Both guys have virgin wii's. Guy A: had his wii for the longest time at 3.4U and upgraded to 4.1U through NSMB (his wii has never been online) Guy B: "had" never been online, but got online for some reason and upgraded to 4.2U. Both want to be able to have the HBC, primarily for old emulated consoles. They would also like to backup their wii games and play them off of a USB harddrive (they saw me be fat and lazy and not have to swap out discs anymore, now they want it too). Guy B doesn't really care about backups, he wouldn't mind them, but he just wants to be able to play old emulated games. Neither of them want any flashy hacks, they just want emulation and backups. I've searched the interwebs for tutorials and feel super intimidated. When it was my wii I was all whatever, but I REALLY don't want brick my friends wiis. Alright so here's the questions. Can Guy B just install HBC and play old emulated games without having to worry about installing IOS's/cIOS's? Is there a simple tut that I can follow to get Guy A's wii to run HBC and USB Loader w/o installing any of the unnecessary (and possibly risky) IOS's/cIOS's? Is there a guide where I can learn more about the individual IOS's/cIOS's so I can understand what they do. Because right now I have no clue which ones I would need to install? Or why I would want them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.