Configuring h-encore


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Required Reading

Now that the h-encore exploit is installed on your device (either through the Windows or Linux / Mac method), we will configure it for easy homebrew access.

Instructions

Section I - Configuring h-encore

  1. Launch the h-encore application
  2. If prompted about trophies, select “Yes”
  3. If the exploit was successful, you will now see the h-encore bootstrap menu
    • If the exploit is stuck on a white screen, simply close the application (which will cause a crash and reboot your device), then try again
    • If it is still stuck, hold the power button down for over 30 seconds to force a reboot, then try again
  4. Select “Install HENkaku”
    • This will install the HENkaku exploit and enable homebrew access until the next reboot
  5. Select “Download VitaShell”
    • This will install the VitaShell homebrew application for managing your device’s filesystem
    • VitaShell (and all homebrew applications in general) will remain installed after a reboot, but will give an error on launch if the HENkaku exploit is not active
  6. Select “Exit”

Section II - Configuring HENkaku

  1. Launch the Settings application
  2. Navigate to HENkaku Settings
    • If HENkaku Settings is missing, select the “Reset taiHEN config.txt” in the h-encore bootstrap menu, then try again
  3. Check “Enable Unsafe Homebrew”
  4. Return to HENkaku Settings menu
  5. Close the Settings application

Section III - Disabling Trophy Warning

This is an optional section which will disable the trophy warning that appears when h-encore is launched.

This section is not recommended for devices on firmware version 3.65 as Ensō can replace h-encore on those systems.

  1. Launch the VitaShell application
  2. Navigate to ux0: -> user/ -> 00/ -> savedata
  3. Press (Triangle) on the PCSG90096 folder to open the menu, then select “Open decrypted”
    • If you see sce_pfs, you did not open the folder using the correct menu option
  4. Press (Triangle) on the system.dat file to open the menu, then select “Copy”
  5. Press (Cross) to dismiss the copied file dialogue box
  6. Press (Circle) to return to the savedata folder
  7. Press (Triangle) to open the menu, then select “Paste” to paste system.dat in the current folder
  8. Press (Square) to un-mark system.dat
  9. Press (Triangle) on the PCSG90096 folder to open the menu, then select “Delete” to delete the folder
  10. Press (Cross) to confirm the deletion
  11. Close the VitaShell application
  12. Launch the h-encore application
  13. When the “Bitter Smile” main menu appears, close the h-encore application
  14. Launch the VitaShell application
  15. Press (Triangle) on the system.dat file to open the menu, then select “Copy”
  16. Press (Cross) to dismiss the copied file dialogue box
  17. Press (Triangle) on the PCSG90096 folder to open the menu, then select “Open decrypted”
    • If you see sce_pfs, you did not open the folder using the correct menu option
  18. Press (Triangle) to open the menu, then select “Paste” to paste system.dat in the current folder
  19. Press (Circle) to return to the savedata folder
  20. Press (Triangle) on the system.dat file to open the menu, then select “Delete” to delete the file
  21. Press (Cross) to confirm the deletion
  22. Close the VitaShell application

Methods


Firmware Version 3.65

Devices on firmware version 3.65 can now use the h-encore exploit to install Ensō, a more convenient exploit which runs automatically after a reboot.

Continue to Installing Ensō (3.65)


Firmware Versions 3.67 and 3.68

Devices on firmware versions 3.67 and 3.68 are unfortunately incompatible with Ensō and must perform the h-encore exploit manually after each reboot.

Continue to Finalizing Setup