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  1. malcster

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    http://androidforums.com/htc-desire/140645-guide-how-i-debranded-my-vodafone-desire-get-2-2-quicker.html

    I debranded ages ago.to get 2.2

    My mum now has this phone but is sick of Facebook updates that she never uses and is hankering after my galaxy nexus for.vanilla Android

    When I try to do ota updates it says one is there but hangs during install

    I am tempted to root but a bit unsure which way to go

    Should I update via HTC dev site to get 2.3 then root or root 2.2 then update to 2.3
    Tbh I am a bit of a noob to all this and thought the revoked 1 click root would be the easiest way but I really need your help

    Kind regards
     

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    There isn't much point updating to 2.3 just to root and arguably rooting from 2.2 is easier as you don't have to S-Off your device. Also, if you do root from 2.2 and install the official 2.3 update from the HTC devs, you'll unroot it anyway so it's rather counter productive to do that!

    Taking a step back, if your mum doesn't use Facebook, can you not just sign out of it? Or at least turn off the notifications? (My ignorance may be showing as I don't use Facebook).

    If you want to go down the rooting method for a vanilla android feel, just root as your phone currently is and install a 2.3.x custom rom on it which doesn't have Sense and is streamlined (such as Redux 1.2). Or if you want a familiar feel and want to stick with Sense, try Teppic74's roms (both Froyo and Gingerbread are available). If you do root make sure you read the "All Things Root" stickies and ask any questions you're unsure of.
     
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    I don't use Facebook either and neither does she but she is getting update reminders from google market i tried explaining that you cant uninstall it and you know what mothers are like

    I will have a look on all things root but figured revoked one click root would suffice just to be able to remove stock apps
     
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    You can't remove stock apps just by rooting - you need S-Off as well for that.

    But once rooted you can freeze them using Titanium Backup, which will be just as good for this purpose.
     
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    Alternatively you can delete all redundant apps from the rom of your choice (.zip) in the apk folder on your pc before loading it on to your sd card then flashing.
     
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    I'm fairly sure that if you uninstall the Facebook updates via settings then clear market data that will solve your problem. Alternatively the official gingerbread update doesn't have the Facebook app although it does have Friendstream.
     
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    Thanks for the replies chaps

    I'm nipping round tomorrow to have. A look
     
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    On a side note will the 2.3 update via HTC devs work

    When I debranded to get 2.2 via a gold card the next ota would not install and has never been updated since
     
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    The 2.3 update works on all UK handsets.
     
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    Remember though, unlike most over the the air updates, it will wipe all user data.
     
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    God knows how but I could not get the 2.3 to load at all

    Looking back I may have done it completelywrong (was I supposed to dump it on to SD card and then recover from there )

    Any way I managed to install cm7 and after a boot loop of the blue android on a skateboard I got it working

    Can I go back to the official 2.3 update from HTC devs if so can some explain how to do it

    Please be gentle I am a noob to all this

    So far I have installed
    clockwork recovery
    From manager from the market

    I would like a bit of help to try and get a sense from back on there
    it took my mum who is knocking on a bit 18 months to work out how android and sense works and by the look on her face when I gave her the handset back was like wtf
     
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    First read the sticky about ROM manager.

    The gingerbread update is run from your PC with the phone connected in fastboot mode (from off hold back while pressing power) via USB lead. It will unroot and wipe your phone.
     
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    OK so I dropped a clanger with from manager

    OK what do I need to do,: install etc
    To get me back to a stock HTC rom 2.3 without bloatware as in Facebook
    twiter etc

    Pref the HTC dev

    I will gladly PayPal you some cash if you can help me

    Thanks
     
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    Running the 2.3 RUU should be easy:

    Boot phone while pressing the "back" button. This will take you to the fastboot screen.

    Connect to a PC. Will now say "fastboot usb" on the phone.

    Run the RUU .exe on the PC.

    That's it. Do note that this process will perform a factory reset of the phone, so back up anything you want to keep.

    TBH I don't know whether this rom will include Facebook etc. You may want to check first.

    There are also pre-rooted versions available, such as Teppic74's, if you want root. Can't link as am using tapatalk.
     
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    Now that's the problem lies I could not see a .exe in the folders

    The guide I was initially using describes the file as 168mb and to install via HTC sync

    The only desire 2.3 file is about 80mb and clearly states bare bones HTC sense install Facebook will require downloading from the market

    I'll double check the folders and let you know for sure
     
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    OK so I just checked through the download and I can't find a exe

    Bravo_2_6.35-gb-mr.tar
    Is the winrar file name
     
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    What download?
     
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    Search desire 2.3.

    Usually comes up on page 2
     
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    As SUroot says, what have you downloaded from where?

    The 2.3 upgrade RUU is a .exe which you find inside the zip, which these days we get from Shipped ROMs.
     
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    Doesn't for me - hasn't for a while now.
     
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    OK thanks for that I'll download that from there tommorow

    Do I need to add or remove anything from the phone prior to running this ruu ?
     
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    HTC_Desire_Android_2.3_Upgrade.zip

    Is that the one or do I need to downgrade back to stock 2.2 first

    I really appreciate everyone's help thus far

    And my humble apologises for being a ball sack noob
     
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    Thats the one.
     
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    OK just so I get it right
    Download HTC desire 2.3 update zip from shipped roms
    Power on and back button (not volume down )
    Double click exe on PC

    Jobdone

    Will it update as it has cm7 atm or do I need stock 2.2 first

    I promise to never root another phone again
     
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    You didn't s-off did you? Otherwise it will be fine
     
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