Hello. So, I have been meaning to play on my Wii system again recently, and am kind of out of the loop on what has been going on in regards to homebrew... as well as if there is anything I can do with official services like the shopping channel as well. Ok, so it has been years since I last messed with it, judging by the versions of some of my homebrew (e.g. the Homebrew Channel being at version 1.1.0 and the BootMii app having a copyright date of 2010) it seems I last updated it around 2010-2011. Any official updates were last performed even longer ago, it's still at System Menu version 4.1, mainly because of the rather nasty little issue with 4.2 updating the bootloader... and having a bug that could corrupt it. And also because from what I remember, pretty much any updates past 4.1 were only some rather weak attempts at removing homebrew. (Did they even add any features after 4.1 whatsoever, or were they all anti-homebrew attempts after that?) I do know though that on August 27, 2010 (I had dated the backup...) I had used the IOS History page at Wii Brew ( http://wiibrew.org/wiki/IOS_History ) to update all my IOS files. I installed any missing ones that were not there from skipping on updates from 4.1, updated any existing ones that were older versions than the ones on NUS, and deleted any IOS files listed as mothballed (Except of course, IOS 60 for my 4.1 Sysmenu and any CIOS slots). Were there any official IOS files released or updated after that date? So here I am now, on System Menu 4.1 and homebrew/hacks from around 2010-2011 and my IOS setup up to date as of 8-27-10, and I want to bring it up to date... for anything that is still updated at least. First thing I did was use Hack Mii 1.2 to update the Homebrew Channel to 1.1.2 and update BootMii as well. But now I am stuck on what to do next... or even determine what is my Wii's current state to know what to do next. Ok, first of all, I want to know if I can still access the store channel with all these hacks installed. Is it still safe to purchase and re-download past purchased games? And if so, is there any way I can get the store and all the other still-running channels working without updating the entire Wii itself? As I said, I am worried about going past 4.2, due to the fact that not only will it remove BootMii, my only way to restore from a backup if something goes wrong with the official update, but the update Nintendo installs in it's place has a chance to corrupt the bootloader, bricking my Wii! Yes, I know I can just reinstall BootMii IF everything goes smoothly with the official update, but the issue is with something going wrong before I can reinstall it. On top of that, I recall it attempts to remove other homebrew applications such as the Homebrew Channel as well (though version I installed now should be immune due to changing it's internal channel name, right?). Is there any way I can just install the updated SysMenu, the shopping channel, and the IOS files needed for them (that should be IOS 80 for the latest SysMenu of 4.3, right?), instead of running an entire update? I REALLY want to avoid touching that boot sector. Or can I just update the Shopping Channel alone and not the Sysmenu? Second, the SD card I had in my Wii sadly got utterly corrupted and useless. I attempted as much recovery on it as I could... but while it was able to save random folders and files created by easily re-downloadable homebrew apps... the "private" folder that channels installed to the SD card get put in was lost. Is there any way I can look through the logs or key/install list or whatever the Wii has to know what channels were installed on it to know what was installed on my SDcard? Another question is that, while updating my IOS files with DOP-MII shouldn't be an issue, I am not sure what to do about my CIOS files. Wii Brew was pretty helpful when it comes to any homebrew apps and official IOS files, but they are pretty against CIOS files and everything they entail. So how can I tell what versions of CIOS files I have, and if they are out of date? Or even if they have been replaced by another person making a CIOS for that slot/base IOS? A little confused by by MIOS as well. I know that there is only one mios and it was used for GameCube backwards compatibility, but how can I tell which one I have? I know I installed a custom MIOS at one point, but I don't remember what version. And it seems like the old one I installed might have been taken over and replaced by a new kind called dios or nintendon't or something like that? And while we are on the subject, can someone explain to me what this "d2x" cios is? Is it another CIOS that is taking up a new slot, or a replacement of an existing cios? I saw the readme mention that it's for homebrew only, so if it does replace an existing cios, does that mean I should not install it if I use usb loaders? Or if I even already have it (though I doubt it) is there any way to tell? It seems to have last been updated a while ago (2012) but then again, my Wii was very likely last updated before that. Finally, USBLoaderGX mentioned something about a Hermes CIOS, that name sounds familiar, but I know it's not an old upload that is just lingering there because their new site was created recently and USBLoaderGX was last updated only about a month ago. It mentioned "Hermes cIOS Installer v5.1 MOD by Rodries", so is this still the same old Hermes 5.1 CIOS that has been around long before 2010.... or does the "MOD by Redries" part mean it's a newer CIOS that is an updated version of the original 5.1 by Hermes? I also noticed a file called "wbfsGUI.v14.2.mod" which confuses me. A GUI for exploring WBFS partitions? The readme states it's for reading compressed IOS files, but I thought USBLoaderGX could already do that a long time ago? Is this a separate application, or some kind of update to some homebrew applications or library that USBLoaderGX itself uses? I don't recall ever having to install any sort of WBFS tools before to use USBLoaderGX, I thought loading WBFS partitions was coded into the USB Loaders themselves? So.... can anyone give me some advice or help me with any of this? I have tried Googling around and reading FAQs, but I am so lost, especially since most of them are for people hacking their Wii for the first time, not updating an outdated but already heavily hacked one.