Rooting Guide: Motorola Droid 1

To root or not to root — how do you decide? Too much is made out of the idea of rooting phones, and too much misinformation is spread about the risks and dangers of this process. To tell you the truth, it’s quite easy, painless, and risk-free, especially on the Droid. If you spend a few minutes going through this guide, you’ll be able to open up a world of features and customization that were never possible before. After rooting, it’s possible to install a free wireless tethering app, remove unnecessary bloatware from your phone, install themes, and even upgrade to newer, experimental versions of Android. Whether you want to do all of those things or only dabble, here’s a guide to do it on the Motorola Droid.
The rooting process
The process to root the Droid 1 is long and complicated, and can be viewed here over at DroidForums. This guide is quite possibly the most in-depth rooting guide around for any phone, and will tell you everything you need to know. There’s honestly no way to tell it better than this guy, so I’m just going to leave it to him.
So, what can I do once I’m rooted?
Now, you didn’t think that I was just going to link you to some other dude’s content and leave it at that. Once your Droid is rooted it opens a whole world of possibilities and options for your device. What all can you do? Let’s take a look…
Easy Backups – Using programs like Titanium Backup, making backups of your apps and settings takes only a few minutes. Copies of your apps, settings, and even text messages can be made to your SDCard, and in the unfortunate event that you have to wipe the Droid’s internal memory these things will be able to be restored in only a few touches. Titanium backup requires root, and has free and paid versions on the market with differing features.
Wireless Tether – Verizon touts that their newer phones can double as Wi-Fi hotspots (with an additional fee, of course), but rooted Droids have been able to do wireless tether since the beginning. Android Wi-Fi Tether is on the market as “Wireless Tether for Root Users,” and can turn a long list of devices into wireless hotspots with no additional charges — it uses the same data plan as your phone. Android Wi-Fi Tether runs on the G1, HTC Evo, Samsung Fascinate, Nexus one, and many more phones in addition to the Droid, and is quite the cool way to show off your phone.
ROMs & Theming – One of the biggest advantages of rooting is the ability to install experimental ROMS and theme your Droid. When Android 2.3 comes out, you’ll be able to install it much sooner if you have root access. There’s just too much to talk about on this subject in this space, so it’s going to be best to just link you to where all the info comes from: XDA. The XDA Droid Development and Droid Theming forums are far and away the best places to go for information on these subjects.

Windows 7 – Upgrade Beta To RC – To RTM Milestone

The folks over at the blog team for Windows are noting that many people are using Windows 7 as their primary operating system. Apparently these users have installed all of their software goodies and now they are facing a new RC version coming down the pipe. Which poses one minor issue. How to upgrade the beta to RC and than to the RTM milestone when it becomes available. So here is what the Windows 7 team has posted:


Here’s what you can do to bypass the check for pre-release upgrade IF YOU REALLY REALLY NEED TO:

  1. Download the ISO as you did previously and burn the ISO to a DVD.
  2. Copy the whole image to a storage location you wish to run the upgrade from (a bootable flash drive or a directory on any partition on the machine running the pre-release build).
  3. Browse to the sources directory.
  4. Open the file cversion.ini in a text editor like Notepad.
  5. Modify the MinClient build number to a value lower than the down-level build. For example, change 7100 to 7000 (pictured below).
  6. Save the file in place with the same name.
  • Run setup like you would normally from this modified copy of the image and the version check will be bypassed.
  • These same steps will be required as we transition from the RC milestone to the RTM milestone.

    Again, we know many people (including tens of thousands at Microsoft) are relying on the pre-release builds of Windows 7 for mission critical and daily work, making this step less than convenient. We’re working hard to provide the highest quality release we can and so we’d like to make sure for this final phase of testing we’re supporting the most real world scenarios possible, which incremental build to build upgrades are not. At the same time everyone on the beta has been so great we wanted to make sure we at least offered an opportunity to make your own expert and informed choice about how to handle the upgrade.

    We’re always humbled by the excitement around the releases and by the support and enthusiasm from those that choose to run our pre-releases. We’re incredibly appreciative of the time and effort you put into doing so. In return we hope we are providing you with a great release to work with at each stage of the evolution of the product. Our next stop is the RC…see you there!


    –Windows 7 Team

    I ‘m going to try the procedure myself once the RC is released to see how it works.

    Comments welcome.

    Complete blog post and source is here.

    Microsoft Windows 95 In Case You Missed It

    I was reading an article about Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, sharing some thoughts while at the  “All Things Digital” conference. Bill Gates was asked about the high points in his career and he said:

    “Windows 95 was a nice milestone.”

    Which made me wonder. I wondered how many of the readers who stop by Lockergnome, remember Windows 95, or was it before their time?

    Why was Microsoft’s Windows 95 a major milestone? In a nut shell it had a graphical user interface GUI and also incorporated DOS and Windows. It used what was called long file names, up to 255 characters. You could also multi-task, which at the time was a great feature.

    But what else did Windows 95 have or do? Refresh my memory.

    Comments welcome.