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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by solidkevin, May 4, 2010.

  1. solidkevin

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    What does rooting do for the User? So far I have had N1, X10 and Hero, I should be getting the milestone soon, Ive heard about rooting but never looked into it, what does it do? Should I do it? Thanks.
     

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    Rooting gives you the ability to modify system files that you are not able to modify as a normal user. Some apps require root permissions in order to work as they also need to modify system files.

    A lot of people get confused between rooting and installing a custom ROM. These are two different things, but often get confused because custom ROM's often come with root access. It's not necessary to root in order to install a custom ROM, you only need to do it if you (or an app you want to use) needs to modify system files. For instance if you wanted to remove a stock app, you would need to root.

    More info on rooting the milestone can be found here...
    All Things Root (Milestone) - Android Forums
     
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    Come again?

    You don't have to install a custom ROM once you've rooted, but if there's another way to install one, I'm not aware of it.
     
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    It's not necessary to root in order to install a custom ROM

    Root (SU rights to the ROM's system files) is not necessary to replace the recovery image in order to install a custom ROM. Not really sure how I can make that clearer?
     

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