This is probably the 1000th post like this. I apologize for the redundancy. Many thanks to those on this forum who put the knowledge out there for me to use. I finally got around to rooting my TB using Revolutionary . The video made it easy and I verified it using Root Check. I backed up my ROM using ROM Manager, and that's as far as I got. I haven't flashed any custom ROMs yet, still researching that. 1. First Question: What do the members on this forum recommend for backing up my apps? I understand that flashing a new ROM will wipe my data including my apps. It will be a PITA to manually go get them all. 2. Reading the link found in this thread http://androidforums.com/thunderbolt-all-things-root/418762-new-leak-new-radios.html ([Exclusive Download] Gingerbread Build 2.11.605.3 Full RUU And New Radio For HTC ThunderBolt) it says that it will wipe my data and I will LOSE ROOT after flashing the RUU. I understand the wipe part, but how can it make you lose root? Would it be necessary to go through the Revolutionary process every time? Please somebody explain this to me. I would like to experiment with new (better) radios and the new Gingerbread RUU leak looks like as good of a place to start as any. It's very confusing. I would like to try new ROMs and especially some versions of Gingerbread and AOSP, but I don't know where to start. Thanks!