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Default [Guide]ROOTING HTC android 2.2.1 or lower with unrEVOked - Windows (updated 20th December 2012)

WARNING: Rooting can be dangerous if you do not understand the concepts, risks and procedures involved.

Although we are often at hand to help, you will receive much better help if you have read the FAQ's and guides several times before undertaking the task of rooting. Not only will you understand the possible causes and fixes for issues you encounter, it will also help you to give US the information we need to help YOU!





This guide to rooting using unrEVOked for Windows is a companion guide to my Rooting FAQ and is compiled from other guides, my FAQ and the experience of myself and other AF members.

I take no credit for this work in it's entirety. I simply compiled this guide from sources and experiences.

I compiled this guide so my Rooting FAQ could always point to an up-to-date UnrEVOked rooting guide for the desire.

THIS IS NOT A STAND-ALONE GUIDE, PLEASE READ THE ROOTING FAQ


Disclaimer: Rooting your desire is done so at your own risk. Although this process is generally very safe, I cannot guarantee it to be risk free. Anything involving flashing to your phone's memory is not without risk and I take no responsibility if following this guide leads to trouble
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Essential information

Current Android Software version

  • Settings>About phone. We need to check if your software version is the ARA build (2.xx.415.x) this is the Arab build. Note the 415. This is the identifier here. The x's could be any number, its not important

    If your phone is not from the Arab world, it is unlikely to have the Arab build on it. If you are unsure what the Arab world is, see here

Hboot version, PVT and Erase size.

  • Boot into Hboot (from off, hold volume down and press power)
  • Make a note of your Hboot version - Must be lower than 1.02 If not READ THIS
  • Make a note of your PVT version. If it is PVT4 you must now check if the erase size is 40,000
  • "Download Terminal emulator" from the market and open it.
  • Type "cat /proc/mtd" and press enter. It will return results of either 20,000 or 40,000



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Prerequisite steps

  • Read the Rooting FAQ to understand what it is you are doing. Also ensure you read the FAQ for information on RUU's and goldcards and how they affect you.
  • Install HTC Sync
  • Remove HTC sync (application only) via Control panel (add remove programs / programs and features) - This should leave the drivers behind, which we need to keep.
  • uninstall any android explorer apps such as myphone explorer and disable AntiVirus (mainly AVG but maybe others)
  • Ensure if you have used a trick to force apps to SD card, you have undone this.
  • Install the Hboot drivers:

  1. Extract your hboot driver files somewhere you will remember.
  2. Boot into Hboot screen (from off, hold volume down and press power)
  3. Connect Desire to PC (the screen will then show "HBOOT USB")
  4. Right click "My computer" > Manage > Device Manager
  5. Expand "Other Devices" in the right-hand pain and locate "Android 1.0 device"
  6. Right click on Android 1.0 and click Update Driver Software
  7. Click on Browse my computer for driver software.
  8. Click on Browse and select the Android USB Driver folder you extracted earlier (press OK to any errors received and Close when complete)
  9. Check Android Bootloader Interface is listed under Android Phone in device manager.

***Please note, This Hboot driver only works correctly when the phone is in the Hboot screen. If the device is not at the hboot screen, the driver will not show correctly as essentially the device is not present.


The Rooting process
  • Boot the desire so it is running android normally. If USB is connected, disconnect it.
  • Enable USB debugging (Settings > Applications > Development)
  • Run UnrEVOked (double click reflash_package.exe) - Note, Windows 7 users with UAC (User Access Control) turned on, may need to right click > Run as administrator on reflash_package.exe to get it to run properly, or turn off UAC

*For Erase size 40,000 devices, please do this next section before connecting the desire:

  • In UnrEVOked, go to File > Custom recovery
  • Browse to your Amon-RA file (recovery-RA-desire-v2.0.1.img) and press "Open"
  • On the UnrEVOked main page, check the bottom line now says "Recovery image:custom" instead of "recovery image:ClockworkMod RFecovery"

Although the above MUST be done by 40,000 devices, 20,000 devices can do this if they want Amon-RA recovery instead of ClockworkMod recovery.

Now you are ready to let the phone go through the rooting process with UnrEVOked. The process is automatic, but I would recommend you watch the screen and the desire's screen carefully through this process.
[*] connect the usb



***DO NOT disconnect your phone from the USB during this process OR remove power from your desire unless advised to do so. This is very dangerous.***

If you receive any errors during rooting, please re-read the Rooting FAQ


Confirmation of success

  • Go to the app Drawer. If there is an icon called "superuser" Your ROM has root access
  • Turn off the Phone. Hold Volume down and press power. At the HBoot screen, highlight "recovery" using Volume buttons, and press power to select. If you are evntually faced with a Black screen with green menu items, you have a custom recovery.

HBOOT 1.02 OR HIGHER

For hboot 1.02 or higher, there is a joint project by the unrevoked and alpharev teams. It is very much in BETA phase at the moment so try this, as always - at your own risk.

Read Mattb81's guide linked here: S-OFF and root GB 2.3 with revolutionary


*** Please post here if you believe anything is missing or could be added to this guide. I will happily amend, update and add to this to ensure it is kept up-to-date

External sources: myhtcdesire.com unrevokedwiki

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Nice, easier than the one at XDA, though they even had a video. :O

(when I get around to rooting, I'll look at this, thanks mate.
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Nice, easier than the one at XDA, though they even had a video. :O

(when I get around to rooting, I'll look at this, thanks mate.
No worries. I will look for a video in the future that matches but I cannot guarantee I will find one
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Thanks Shauny. Not so much my work. Its just a compilation of the work of others, in one place where we can all collaborate and improve it.

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the erase size one is a bit confusing as neither matter for erase size if you are using a custom recovery.
anything other than the ARA firmware can use 3.21 as 3.3x was made with a different method to exploit nand and get unlock for recovery
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just done it works a treat awesome guide thanks
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the erase size one is a bit confusing as neither matter for erase size if you are using a custom recovery.
anything other than the ARA firmware can use 3.21 as 3.3x was made with a different method to exploit nand and get unlock for recovery
Do you mean aside from amonra, it doesn't matter about version of unrevoked? Only Ara matters?

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yeah you can use 3.3x to root pvt4 40000 devices just you use custom recovery and choose amonRA (although the clockwork it pushes is compatible with 40000 devices afaik as its not 2.5.0.7)
ARA you HAVE to use 3.3x as the rageagainstthecage exploit doesnt work with that rom. you cant even use teppics downgrader with it.
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Didnt know you couldnt downgrade either,

re Unrevoked though, 3.32 fully stable now? We have advised some to try 3.21 but I thought that was because it was better.
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re Unrevoked though, 3.32 fully stable now? We have advised some to try 3.21 but I thought that was because it was better.
still the case
3.21 seems to have a better success rate. tested it recently with some mates devices and 3.32 was having none of it i was just highlighting that the version doesnt matter when it comes to support.
its more that its just flakey
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Ok cool. My last edit still stands then
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(although the clockwork it pushes is compatible with 40000 devices afaik as its not 2.5.0.7)
so 20000/40000 check and AmonRa change is not needed?
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so 20000/40000 check and AmonRa change is not needed?
Check if you have 40,000. If you have 40,000 try without but even very recently people had problems with cwm and 40,000.

I only know for sure that alpharev s-off offers modified cwm to handle 40,000.

Besides I personally feel that if its not cwm 2.5.0.7 then use amonra anyway. All newer cwm are built from the developers source but not by the developer
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now that ive rooted my phone, if i need to send it back (for any reason, theres nothing wrong with it but you never know), whats the best way to return phone to factory condition, its a sim free phone, so no branding and no simlock, got it from dial a phone, it came with froyo already installed
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now that ive rooted my phone, if i need to send it back (for any reason, theres nothing wrong with it but you never know), whats the best way to return phone to factory condition, its a sim free phone, so no branding and no simlock, got it from dial a phone, it came with froyo already installed
you should have checked that before you did it
which carrier is it with? what was the exact sw version on it
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its with vodafone but its not a branded handset, its running 2.29.405.5 with radio 5.11.05.27 it has hboot 0.93.0001, its a pvt4 ship s-on forgot to add its brand new, not second user and thats the software that was on it whenit arrived. its an 40000 erase size and i used amon-ra recovery instead of clockwork mod.
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thats fine, ruu and pbimage are available to flash it back to stock
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Thanks mate, do i just run the ruu on my pc then, ive already downloaded the latest one, excuse me for being dense but whats pbimage ?
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Yes from pc. It's easy. Connect pc and follow instructions.

Pb99img is part of the RUU. It can be run from sd card in the event the usb port breaks
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hi i have done it, when i click on superuser permissions, its a black screen, anything wrong?

wat to do after root? how do i know if i had done it correctly?thanks!
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its correct. The app lists apps with superuser access. When you open a root app it prompts for access and then it is listed there.

Some information in the rooting FAQ via the red link in my signature.
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ok sorted out,im on cyanagenMod-7.0.0-RC2, but when i hit on the 'Check for ROM Updates', it says the feature is only available for Premium users! how to get around this?
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ok sorted out,im on cyanagenMod-7.0.0-RC2, but when i hit on the 'Check for ROM Updates', it says the feature is only available for Premium users! how to get around this?
erm, download manually?
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Hi Forums,

I'm a newbie, and I want to explore much about rooted android.

I have a problem with rooting my HTC desire. A few days ago, I successfully rooted my phone yesterday using unrevoked3, but something came up because of bad mod and I had to reflash my phone. At first, I flashed my phone using original ROM (that's what the guide said), but it got me "bad sector" and "operation aborted", so I decided to re-flash using MIUI ROM, luckily it worked.

But then, I just realized that the re-flash unrooted my phone (since it didn't have super-user icon, plus when I go to bootloader, it says S-ON). Now, I'm using un-rooted MIUI ROM and I tried to re-root using unrevoked3, but it stucks at "installing unrevoked3 service...".

So, how can I re-root my phone? Thanks in advance
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S-on doesnt mean you're not rooted. If you still have custom recovery and the ability to flash Roms, all is good.

As for why superuser is missing, no idea. This app should be included in all custom Roms

When you say you flashed the original Rom, do you mean the RUU .exe and did you flash from a pc? Or did you restore a backup? Could do with knowing what exactly you did.

How did you flash miui? Rom manager?

Turn off your phone, hold vol down and press power. Scroll using vol to recovery and press power. Are you.now in clockworkmod recovery / amon RA?
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S-on doesnt mean you're not rooted. If you still have custom recovery and the ability to flash Roms, all is good.

As for why superuser is missing, no idea. This app should be included in all custom Roms

When you say you flashed the original Rom, do you mean the RUU .exe and did you flash from a pc? Or did you restore a backup? Could do with knowing what exactly you did.

How did you flash miui? Rom manager?

Turn off your phone, hold vol down and press power. Scroll using vol to recovery and press power. Are you.now in clockworkmod recovery / amon RA?
Yes, it was the RUU.exe. No, didn't flash from my PC, just copied to phone and ran it from recovery .

In bootloader, I'm in clockworkmod recovery.

Apparently, I had some back-up previously and just ran it, (and I got my superuser Icon back ) does that mean I'm officially rooted ? If it is so, then I think there's no need to run unrevoked3 again
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Yes alls fine. You can't flash an exe from SD
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The OP says male sure ARA ver is 2.xx.415.x
I beleive mine is .405, is that okay? Can I use this guide?

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Android version: 2.2
Baseband version: 32.49.00.32U_5.11.05.27
Kernel version: 2.6.32.15-gf5a401c htc-kernel@and18-2 #1
Build number 2.29.405.2 CL263770 release-keys
Software number: 2.29.405.2
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you can use the guide with either, its just the ARA (Arab build) you have to use a different version of unrevoked.

Yours is 405 which is world wide english, unbranded.
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you can use the guide with either, its just the ARA (Arab build) you have to use a different version of unrevoked.

Yours is 405 which is world wide english, unbranded.
Thank u. So which unrevoked version should I be using? I apologize if this is a stupid question. I'm a newbie.
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Rooted my HTC Desire awhile ago and now I have the Superuser permission app...

I used Unrevoked 3.32 and my phone has PVT4 and the erase size is 40,000.

My question is --> Does this mean anything bad? or some complications? I do have SU rights already.

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I was able to go to recovery mode and I have ClockworkMod version 2.5.0.7

They say that the ClockworkMod version 2.5.0.7 installed by Unrevoked3 is widely reported not to work with new "PVT4" batches of the Desire. Is this true?
Does it have some implications on my device?

Can I start all over again without unrooting? Or no need?
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Yes it had implications. Nandroid backups don't work properly and may have difficulty installing custom Roms. You really need to get amon ra on there as per the link in post 1.

S-off and fastboot flash is the best way but unrevoked should run again in most (but I believe not all) cases.

Link to alpharev s-off is in my signature
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Thank u. So which unrevoked version should I be using? I apologize if this is a stupid question. I'm a newbie.
In case you missed it (I know I did when I read it):
So it's the first one, 3.21, for you.
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Yes it had implications. Nandroid backups don't work properly and may have difficulty installing custom Roms. You really need to get amon ra on there as per the link in post 1.

S-off and fastboot flash is the best way but unrevoked should run again in most (but I believe not all) cases.

Link to alpharev s-off is in my signature
I rerun the whole thing with AMON_RA as recovery.

Rooting successful with AMON_RA as recovery. =)

Is this OK now? Thanks by the way for your guide.
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Now you must clear data on superuser as you re run unrevoked, you will get force close when opening root apps
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Now you must clear data on superuser as you re run unrevoked, you will get force close when opening root apps
I'm now running Cyanogen 6.1.1 for HTC Desire (GSM) and so far didn't find or encounter some problems.

All phone functions is working, SMS, Calls, Data (3G) etc..

The reason for the root and custom rom so that I can have that Proxy Thingy. This Issue 1273 is getting nowhere -> android proxy - Hanapin sa Google

Now I'm able to connect and browser through our enterprise network.
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looked over this guide and it seems easy enough, I will try later on.

My question is, after successfully rooting the phone, will the stock Rom be still in there or do I have to install it? if so, where do I get the stock Rom?

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It replaces HTC recovery with clockwork mod and adds superuser app to your existing Rom.

It doesn't change your Rom itself.

Don't forget to check if your erase size is 40000
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thanks for the fast reply.

as for preparation: the guide doesnt indicate if we should back up all our info first. does rooting erase all information in the phone? ie. apps, contacts, sms
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It wipes nothing. In regards to android all it does is install an application
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how long does the process takes?
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the process itself takes 10 minutes perhaps
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SUCCESS!!! WOOO!!! HOOO!!!



Now what?...

I would like to remove HTC Sense and other bloatware... can I easily remove these through managing my app or do I need to download other Apps to do these.

THANKS.
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Lucky people. I'm jealous. I can't wait for the dev team to get my desire rootable.
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Now what?...

I would like to remove HTC Sense and other bloatware... can I easily remove these through managing my app or do I need to download other Apps to do these.

THANKS.

I'd recommend a custom rom then. Its the easiest way to go.

If you want sense less and up-to-date, get gingervillain. Its got some nice extra's too.

If you want extra clean, theres oxygen but ive not tried it myself. These are both 2.3 roms. Both stable
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