Just some things you might want to be aware of if you're a beginner in the Wii scene. This is not intended to cover all the details (which you can find via other stickies or searches), its primary intention is to give you a head start. Dos: (These may protect you or help you recover from a brick) Install bootmii as boot2 (if possible). Make a Nand backup (via bootmii, mini or WiiND) Install Homebrew channel. Block Updates (via brickblocker, preloader or starpatch) Don'ts: (These will likely lead you to a brick) Format your Wii (via settings). Delete system menu. Delete any IOS' (especially those used by system menu - IOS9,11,20,30,50,52,60). Install untested wads/themes without bootmii or preloader installed. Update system menu without knowing what you may gain/lose. Downgrade system menu or IOS' (especially If your wii has boot2v4 (aka LU64/65) revision or newer). Suggestions welcome.