Wow, was this easy. Honestly, not a single hiccup. Here's what I did. Downloaded Samsung "Naked" drivers, v1.7. Downloaded r2-galaxynexus-superboot.zip Downloaded GNexus-root-package-FYA.zip Extracted the drivers and the GNex root package to c:\Gnex Copied only the boot.superboot.img file from the r2-galaxynexus-superboot.zip to C:\Gnex. Turned phone off. Plugged into USB. Entered fastboot (Vol up & down + Pwr) Went into device manager and pointed the unidentified device to the C:\Gnex directory and it installed and recognized the drivers. From C:\Gnex prompt ran "fastboot devices" and the phone was recognized. From C:\Gnex prompt, ran "fastboot oem unlock". This presented an option on screen that asked for confirmation of unlock. Volume keys to move selection, power to select. Selected to unlock, and it was done in a matter of seconds. (No waiting for 5+ minutes). From C:\Gnex prompt, ran "fastboot boot boot.superboot.img". It ran and the Google logo with unlock padlock showed up for a minute. Then it booted for another minute. I did the activation screen and backup assistant. After all was said and done, I'm unlocked and rooted. Woot! Total time including gathering all the drivers, 10 min. Rebooted just to be sure, and everything is still there. I'm not sure what I did that worked for me and others are having trouble with, but if I can help, let me know. For some reason, the formatting of this post is messed up.