I have tried every single "next easy method" of obtaining root and I am still unsuccessful. I've been trying for 5 days now. I've used multiple sd cards, even formatted them differently, etc. Tried the timings. made sure my wang was pointed left. crossed my eyes. stood on my head. crossed and un crossed fingers. verified drivers. unloaded and reloaded myhtc, updated the google drivers, re installed sdk and re-downloaded all the files. Basically being able to unload the non-essential things like shitty-id and peep is not worth all this hassle, especially if we lose root once an ota update comes down the line. I may try once or twice here and there if I see something looking promising, but basically if not, I'm totally fine with the operation of the device as it stands... Thanks to everyone who has offerred insight into this nonsense.