I recently got back to using my Wii after a long span of tme where I simply wasn't playing games and feel severely out of the loop. It seems there's been a lot of really cool progress made and now you can even go as far as loading Wii games from an external HD. A long time ago I downgraded from 3.4 (I think) using the "October 23rd Fix" posted here a while back to what my wii is claiming to be 3.3U. I loadedseveral VC and VC-injected titles and was a pretty happy camper for a long time. Now I'd also like to take advantage of the USB Loading functionality the new firmware has to offer, without losing the ability to install VC Wads. Or more specifically, what's the ideal upgrade path I should take to not lose any of my current functionality and gain some of the new features? If there's a way to find out exactly what firmware and cios and things like that I have installed, could someone point me in the right direction to find all this information out? I almost feel like I'd have an easier time upgrading from a blank Wii. With that said, I do have quite a few questions about all this. I honestly do own every single Wii game I want. I also own most of the VC titles I inject but in their original SNES cartridges, I just didn't want to pay for them again. But what I was wondering is if there is a benefit to ripping my own Wii games to load onto the HD over downloading them from torrents/MU/RS. Are there any other essential programs or applications I should look into? As it stands I'd be perfectly happy with being able to use some form of USB Loading and retain VC Wad installation functionality. Also, with the new update am I able to install WADS onto the SD card instead of the Wii's severely lacking memory?