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You may have noticed that some guides here refer to a software called QCMA a lot.

QCMA is a replacement for the CMA tool provided by Sony, and is generally the recommended one.

Here I'll show you how to install it so you can use it when following the other guides.

Make sure you do not have official CMA installed, because it breaks QCMA

QCMA supports Windows/Linux and OSX, but in this guide we'll be using Windows.

1. Start by going to

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and scroll down to Downloads. Download the Windows version from the link "Windows Installer (0.3.12)".

2. Run the downloaded file and install QCMA. First select the language, and then spam "Next".


3. Now QCMA will as you for the locations of all the folders. Set them up or use the defaults. These can later be changed from QCMA settings.


4. QCMA is now installed, and will notify you about it's existence.


5. Now if you connect your Vita, you should get the following notifications:


In some cases a reboot is required for QCMA to find your Vita.

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Might be worth adding that you cannot have CMA and qcma at the same time and one has to be uninstalled. It was info I needed.

Thank you for the information!

I never had QCMA and CMA installed at the same time, so I didn't actually know that. Because QCMA uses a different driver, I was aware they both couldn't function at the same time. However, I didn't know they would intervene each other.

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One more thing I'd like to add: I had a problem using QCMA as the driver provided with the tool(from my download source which was the dev's official github) was outdated so the vita wouldn't connect. For people that also encounter this problem, the solution is to use zadig here

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which fetches the latest driver and installs it(make sure you uninstall the older driver, you'll find it in your programs and features in control panel and simply uninstall it). The steps are as follows:

1. Download zadig

2. Plug in the PS Vita and then launch zadig.

3. Check if the “PS Vita Type B” is shown in the list.

4. If not, go to “Options” –> Check “List all devices”.

5. Once you see the PS Vita B, Right click on the arrow next to the big button, and select “Replace Driver”.

6. Click on the big button "Replace Driver", restart qcma and replug your vita in and it should work.

Hope it helped!

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