Re-Virginize Your Wii
How to Re-Virginize Your Wii's NAND

This guide will teach you how to reformat your Wii  NAND to a 'virgin' state. Almost identical to the way it was as if you bought said Wii brand new in box. You can also use this guide to re-virginize NAND files for Dolphin use.

This guide will be for experienced 'Softmodders'.

Chapter 1: Intro

A Wii with GCN ports ('family'/later Wiis cannot do a Bootmii backup restoration no matter what)
A NAND Backup (nand.bin file) of your Wii
A Backup of your Wii's Secret Keys (keys.bin file)
Your Bootmii folder to launch Bootmii
A Windows computer on XP (SP3) or later
SD card at least 1 GB in size that you know already works on your Wii (for both HBC and bootmii)
HBC and Bootmii already installed (bootmii must be beta 4 version (1.1) or later!!!)
Know how to launch bootmii, and navigate thru it
Special NOTE!: If you have bootmii as boot2 installed on your Wii, you actually do NOT need a NAND & Wii Keys backup! Big Grin Thus, you can use this guide to repair a fully bricked Boot2 Wii with no current NAND backup!

If you don't have a NAND + Keys backup and you have Bootmii as an IOS installed instead with the purpose of using this guide to fix a brickws Wii, you must be able to still access Bootmii (thru HBC or priiloader). If not, your Wii is perma-bricked. If you have a NAND backup (like on your computer already) you still need to be able to access Bootmii thru HBC or Priiloader.

Chapter 2: Getting NAND Backup if you don't have one.

Skip this chapter if you already have a NAND backup file, Keys.bin Backup file, and a backup Bootmii folder

For those who don't have a proper backup bootmii folder to launch bootmii:

You will need to download the package. Contact me via discord (Vega#8365) for download information.

In the package, you will see 5 folders. Each folder contains a different type of bootmii for your type of video mode of your TV. Obviously, pick NTSC for NTSC TVs, and PAL for PAL TVS. if you are using a very outdated version of HBC/bootmii, try using any of the folders that have the label "OLD" on them.

Choose the Bootmii folder that is correct for you, and move it to a clean SD card (FAT32 format).

Boot2 users: SD into Wii, power on Wii. Bootmii will appear. Preform a standard NAND backup. 

Bootmii IOS users: Access HBC. Press the Home button and click on Launch Bootmii. Bootmii appears, preform a standard NAND backup. If you can't access HBC, but still have Priiloader. Launch Priiloader and click Bootmii IOS.

Allow Bootmii to verify the backup, always. Once NAND backup is done. Exit Bootmii. Power off WII. SD card into computer. Move nand.bin and keys.bin to a safe folder. Keep the bootmii folder on the SD card.

Chapter 3: Formatting & Rebuilding NAND

You will need NANDTools. Contact me via Discord (Vega#8365) for more information
You will need the Wii's 4.1 Virgin Nand Files. Contact me via Discord (Vega#8365) for more information.

Extract/unzip the package. Open the program called ohneschwanzenegger.exe

Click the “Search…” button. Find the nand.bin file that you will be re-virginizing.

Program will set a path to that nand.bin. At the top bar, click Content, setting.txt.

A screen will appear with some important Wii info. What we need to be concerned with is just the 'Code' and 'SerNo'. Take a screenshot and/or copy paste the info to a quick txt file. We will need that info for later.

Click OK or cancel. Window will close. Click Content again. Click Format. You will be asked if you are sure. Be absolutely sure you are using the correct nand.bin file that you want to use. There's no undoing this next step. Click OK. Program will now say that the Nand has been formatted. NAND file is now completely formatted. 100% nothing in it. No system menu, no serial number, no save data, no Wii ID, no IOSs, no channels, nothing.

Extract/unzip the package. Inside the 4.1VirginNANDFiles folder, There will be 4 subfolders. The folders will be named as 4.1XVirginNANDFiles, with X being the region of your Wii. You would use 4.1UVirginNANDfiles subfolder if you have an American Wii, you would use 4.1EVirginNANDfiles subfolder if you have a PAL Wii, etc etc.

Go back to the ohneschwanzenegger.exe program. Click on the button called "Local Cache". Now browse to and SELECT the subfolder that matches the REAL region of your Wii.

Example: A person has a PAL Wii, they navigate inside the 4.1VirginNANDfiles folder and select the subfolder - 4.1EVirginNANDFiles

Once you have selected the correct subfolder, click OK. The path to that subfolder will now be listed in the program to the left of the Local Cache button.

In the very top left empty field bar type 4.1X (x = your system menu region). It must match your actual  Wii system menu region that was put in by Nintendo when you Wii was made at the factory. If you have a American wii, put 4.1U, if you have a PAL Wii, put 4.1E. The small box to the right (after the 'v') is not needed, leave it blank.

Click the 'Get it!' button.

The program will then use the files from the subfolder selected earlier and install it all onto the NAND.bin file. This should only take a few minutes. Once completed, the setting.txt prompt will auto appear on the program. Remember that info about Code and SerNo I told you to back up/save? We will need that info now. Replace the value in Code to the value that you backed up from earlier. Replace the value in SerNo to the value that you also backed up from Be sure it is all correct!

Click OK! NAND is almost ready for injection back into the Wii!

Chapter 4: Wii Flash Toolz

Exit out of ohneschwanzenegger.exe. Now open the file WiiFlashToolxV0.3.exe. At the top right there’s a “...” button. Click it and find the nand.bin you that just formatted and rebuilt. Program will notify you once Nand is loaded. 

Click OK

At the very bottom right of the screen (next to extract keys). There’s another “...” button. Click it and select the keys.bin that you got earlier from the bootmii NAND backup or from wherever you have it backed up on your computer.

At the bottom you will see an Append Keys button. Click it. Program will append your Wiis secretly encrypted keys to your rebuilt nand.bin. Click OK. Exit the program. Now move the finalized nand.bin file onto your SD (you won't need the keys.bin file anymore, just move it to a safe place for storage for possible future use if it's ever needed). Be sure you don’t have the old.bin files still in the SD, and also be sure that the Bootmii folder is still present. If you have your own backup of your Bootmii folder (didn't place a Bootmii folder onto SD card earlier if you didn't have to do the Bootmii backup), move it to the SD card. These 2 items should be on your SD

bootmii folder
nand.bin (formatted then rebuilt, keys appended, ready for injection into Wii)

If you are a Dolphin User, you are already done. You already have your nand.bin file ready for use. Congratz.

Chapter 5: Injecting NAND back Into Wii

SD card back into Wii. Enter into Bootmii. Read this thread HERE to help guide you through the RestoreMii program to re-inject your NAND into the Wii.

Simulation will start, random green squares will partially fill the gray grid. Once that is done, you will be prompted to press Eject to begin the NAND restore or press any other button to abort and exit.

**Bootmii as IOS users will receive a warning that the NAND backup is too dangerous and to exit. If you are really sure you want to proceed you will need to enter the Konami code. Press these buttons in this exact order on your GCN: Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A.. If you mess up entering the Konami code, you will be booted from RestoreMii and have to attempt to enter the code again.**

Press Eject, RestoreMii will begin. Once done, you will see the message 'I HAZ SUCCESS!”. Now you can press any button to exit. To exit Bootmii to the Wii Main Menu, press Power, Power, Reset, Reset.

Chapter 6: Wii Boot after Success, Conclusion

Now, give your Wii a moment. It is booting up as if you bought it brand new. You have just completely wiped everything from the Wii. Every mod, literally everything. The NAND is clean with only the default factory-given IOSs/wads to run your Wii.

You will be welcomed to the Wii's first-time boot setup screen. Complete your wii setup. Congratz! You Wii  has been completely “re-virginized”. 

NOTE for Boot2 Users: Bootmii as Boot2 is the only thing that doesn't get wiped. If you using this guide for the purpose to sell your Wii as 100% Virgin, do any exploit to bring up the Hackmii Installer (for 4.1 system menu; such as BannerbombV1 or BannerbombV2). Then go to Bootmii and click Uninstall Bootmii as Boot2. Once done, exit the Hackmii Installer.

Welp that's it!   Tongue

Everything in package (except Wii Flash Toolz) created by: Giantpune
Wii Flash Toolz created by: StreamLineHD

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Hello Vega, i have added you in discord for both NANDTools and the 4.1 Virgin Nand Files because i have a corrupted wii nand and im trying to get it to work with a 4.3u wii because it only lets me enter homebrew via SmashStack and also only with Hackmii 0.7b, i have downgrade it to 4.1u but i cant enter homebrew via bannerbomb so i want to try to viriginize the nand to see if that works and try to see if it works on 4.3u

Sorry for bothering you with this issue
Ye i saw your friend invite and replied. Good luck on fixing the wii.

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