If you manage to get homebrew back, make sure to turn off update checks and disable Wii Connect24 in Wii Settings so this doesn't happen again.Nintendo: it protects what it believes it owns with great vigor.The company has rarely missed an opportunity to make sure that other people are not allowed to alter or mess with the stuff Nintendo insists is Nintendo's.

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Question: How Do I Restore the Homebrew Channel After I Accidentally Update My Wii?

From time to time someone emails me to say their child or a friend updated their Wii operating system, resulting in the loss of the Homebrew Channel. Answer: An accidental upgrade is most likely to happen if someone plays a game that includes an update check and you haven't disabled Wii's update checking.

It can also happen if you have Wii Connect24 enabled, as this will automatically install any system updates released by Nintendo.

Updates 4.2 and 4.3 were both specifically designed to kill homebrew.

Nintendo recently released an update for the Wii U that forces you to "agree" to a new end-user license agreement, or else it simply bricks the console altogether.

This is how Nintendo's update to its end-user license agreement (EULA) for the Wii U works, as described by Youtube user "AMurder0f Crows" in this video.

He didn't like the terms of Nintendo's updated EULA and refused to agree.

If you have lost homebrew but can still use your Wii, be happy about that, because sometimes the updates have made Wiis unusable. The latest upgrade as I write this is 4.3, but if you were updated by an older game you might wind up with 4.2 or even something older.

To find out what version of the operating system you have, go into Wii Options, click on "Wii Settings" and check the number on the upper right corner of that screen. Now you simply need to reinstall homebrew for the appropriate OS.