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Manually Return to Stock Android 2.0.1

Alright people, I know you are all having issues using ROM Manager to return to stock.  At this time, we just have a manual method for completing this task, but the steps I’m about to layout definitely work. In fact, I just went through this to make sure it works and everything was as smooth as a baby’s you-know-what (Sorry no video this time).  Please follow these steps to a T and you should be fine.

And don’t forget that if you receive your 2.1 OTA update notification, to follow these steps so that we can capture the update.zip!

Update: This is for those of you running into both issues with ROM Manager and DM Updater.

Instructions:

1.  First, if you have an update.zip on you SD card please remove it from your root.

2.  If you have update-stock.zip already on your SD card, great.  You can skip step 3.

3.  If you don’t have update-stock.zip you can download it through ROM Manager or from here:

Download ROM>Stock Images>Verizon Droid 2.0.1 Stock.  When it finishes downloading, DO NOT “wipe data and cache” or make a backup, simply cancel out of everything.  The file should now be downloaded to your SD card in the folder:

/sdcard/clockworkmod/download/koush.romraid.com/motorola/sholes

4.  Place update-stock.zip in the root of your SD card and rename it to update.zip.

5.  Open ROM Manager and flash the “alternate recovery” aka SPRecovery.

6.  When finished, boot into recovery (Power + X).

7.  Choose the option to “allow sd card installation.”

8.  Then choose the option to “install” and then “Install /sdcard/update.zip”.

9.  Assuming it finishes, hit the power button once to return to the previous screen and reboot.

10.  When it boots, go into Settings>About and make sure you are now on 2.0.1.

(IF YOU ARE NOT BACK TO 2.0.1 DO NOT GO ON TO THE NEXT STEP.)

11.  If you are back to 2.0.1 boot back into recovery (Power + X) and choose “wipe data/factory reset.”  Scroll down and choose “Yes.”

12.  You are now done.

*Note 1* - If you cannot flash SPRecovery in ROM Manager, please follow these instructions for manual installation.  When it asks you to download the newest SPRecovery, use this version.  (alt link)

*Note 2* – If you cannot get ROM Manager to download update-stock.zip you can download it here.

*Note 3* – DO NOT PERFORM A FACTORY RESET AT ANYTIME UNLESS I TELL YOU TO!  :)

Have fun!

  • Dyl Moore20

    after first reboot my phone force closes. i dont get a home screen so i cant use any apps. only thing i can do is use nitifaction bar. i cant even use recovery mode.

  • Anonymous

    i just tried this process and I was able to reinstall 2.0.1 but when I try to reboot so that I can get into recovery to wipe data by holding x, I just get a picture of a triangle with an exclamation point next to a phone. There are no options or anythng so I’m unable to wipe data. Help.

  • Edcelkurt

    hi i have motorola xt800w and upgrade it into ginger 2.3, how to change it into stock rom i didnt backup my phone pls help me

  • WindedBison

    I know people will probably never see this, but thank you so much Kellex, this helped me out tremendously. I really didn’t want to flash an SBF to get back to stock and this was soo much easier. God Bless Droid Life!

  • http://www.facebook.com/b.easzii Dennis Pacheco

    i need help please
    i followed all these steps but after
    installing the update.zip
    my droid wont load it shuts down

  • will

    you are a genius

  • bamafan12

    does this erase everything on your sd card?

  • Sarrants

    I followed your instructions, but lost Voice Search. Had to go back to 2.1.

  • Aantdoe3

    i cannot get my phone to boot into recovery???? not even by pressing power and x???? HEEEEEEELP PLZ????

  • Wshyguy0962

    can you help me figure out why my fone is in a loop on the evil eye of death

  • scorpion77

    i down loaded the file an it keeps telling me failed as it try to install .. anyway to fix this i need to get back to stock .. the phone is getting returned it keeps freezing up on me .. HELP !!

  • corn

    can you do this to go back to 2.0.1 from stock 2.1

  • tennymatt

    hello, guyss. I have a motorola driod phone and am trying to update it to the android 2.1 version but its not updating. its coming up with verification error. Its not from verizon but off the shelf. and when i tried to go to recovery mode, i cant go ther with Power + x. I go to the recovery mode with Power + Camera button. So maybe the update file for mine will be different or something like that. It doesn't have the Verizon on it…. Please i need your help updating it

  • joannalee

    ok need a little extra help, when i dl sprecovery it opens a window to burn a disc what do i do?

  • http://www.facebook.com/xfile102 Shawn Michael

    I have a question. I had Ultimate Droid 6, and I thought the Official 2.1 Update was going to be an improvement, because I am an idiot. So I followed all the instructions for returning your droid to Stock 2.0.1 and set the whole thing back up, and applied the OTA update of 2.1 when it came though. 2.1 SUCKS compared to the Ultimate Droid ROM. So I want to go back to it. Is there a way to return back to 2.0.1 from 2.1? I cannot get DMUpdate to install now, and I only have the Free version of ROM Manager, which doesn't do crap. I tried manually installing the Stock Update file, but came up with an error. So I am still at 2.1, waiting to get back, So I can install the latest Ultimate Droid. And I am ticked, because I cannot root my 2.1, so I NEED to go back to 2.0.1. Please Help!!!!

  • Shawn Michael

    I have a question. I had Ultimate Droid 6, and I thought the Official 2.1 Update was going to be an improvement, because I am an idiot. So I followed all the instructions for returning your droid to Stock 2.0.1 and set the whole thing back up, and applied the OTA update of 2.1 when it came though. 2.1 SUCKS compared to the Ultimate Droid ROM. So I want to go back to it. Is there a way to return back to 2.0.1 from 2.1? I cannot get DMUpdate to install now, and I only have the Free version of ROM Manager, which doesn't do crap. I tried manually installing the Stock Update file, but came up with an error. So I am still at 2.1, waiting to get back, So I can install the latest Ultimate Droid. And I am ticked, because I cannot root my 2.1, so I NEED to go back to 2.0.1. Please Help!!!!

  • God is One

    Thank you for posting. I had a hard time at first, but it was all my fault. I've always had a problem with following directions. I finally restarted the process and follpwed the instructions to the T. The Biggy is to make sure you run the app AS ADMINISTRATOR, and not as anything else (even if you think you have admin rights!) Also, if you type the command line wrong the first time, redownload the files again and start that part over from scratch.

  • snakedoc

    can u just put the zip file on sd card and do power+x to install update-stock.zip?????

  • scott

    hi everyone i got the 2.1 update and i think something went wrong as now i cant gain root access and i have a error when i boot to recovery with x+power i get this message

    cant open /cash/recovery/command is this normal i wouldent think so
    i tried this methood and it failed

  • aarynk

    WOW!! Had some sketchy parts in there for me but managed to make it work and am now completly stock from Cyanogen 5.0.5.4 sad day but I want to try out the official 2.1 and figure it will be rooted soon any ways

  • poker4400

    when i reboot my phone while holding x and the power the triangle screen dose not come up my phone goes striaght to some srp recovery screen can anyone help me with this.

  • bigred4x15

    Ok so I need a little help, let me tell you the sequence of events..
    -used DM Updater to root phone and install droid mod
    -installed Rom Manager Premium
    -installed cyto
    -installed ultimate droid 8.5.3
    -used DM Updater to return to stock
    -uninstall “com.google.android.voicesearch” to restore voice search

    So here is my problem, neither of my virtual keyboards(portrait or landscape) seem to be there and the home key and search key are not responding. Also when i press the power key, the only option is “power off” the other options “plane mode” are not there. and there are a lot of force closes. So I have two thoughts, should I do a factory recovery or should I just update to 2.1.

  • radioxpert

    Hi folks!
    I installed DroidMod w/ live wallpaper as indicated in a “droid-life” video.
    Later, when the ESE81 (2.1-update 1) was available, I went back to stock using the unrooted option of the DM Updater to finally install the ESE81. Everything worked excellent (THANK YOU VERY MUCH)

    I wanted to get back to stock 2.0.1 while waiting for the OTA update but now I can't. I got stuck on step #5
    (Open ROM Manager and flash the “alternate recovery” aka SPRecovery) since I never had ROM Manager installed and also SD card has been previously formatted while running DroidMod 1.0.

    Is there any other way to go back to stock 2.0.1?

    Thank you in advance

  • Radioxpert

    Hi folks!
    I installed DroidMod w/ live wallpaper as indicated in a “droid-life” video.
    Later, when the ESE81 (2.1-update 1) was available, I went back to stock using the unrooted option of the DM Updater to finally install the ESE81. Everything worked excellent (THANK YOU VERY MUCH)

    I wanted to get back to stock 2.0.1 while waiting for the OTA update but now I can't. I got stuck on step #5
    (Open ROM Manager and flash the “alternate recovery” aka SPRecovery) since I never had ROM Manager installed and also SD card has been previously formatted while running DroidMod 1.0.

    Is there any other way to go back to stock 2.0.1? Manually maybe?

    Thank you in advance

  • http://www.whatsyourissue.tv/ HeathCliff Rothman

    My second phone has never been rooted. At what point in the above instructions do I start, to update to 2.1 with update.zip?

  • Oregon

    Hoping someone can help me out. I'm running Cyanogen 5.0.5.3 ROM and want to retun to stock. I'm trying to follow the directions listed here, but the “Flash alternate recovery” option is not available in ROM manager. I'm trying to follow the directions in the Droidforums.net post linked in the *Note 1* above to flash the phone and install SPRecovery, but can't figure out how to save the flash_image file without a file extension. This seems complicated, and I'm worried I might brick my phone. Is there an easier way to return to stock?

  • nimrodmar10

    I've run into a problem. I downloaded the update-stock.zip and copied it to the root of my sd card, started in recovery mode, installed update.zip from sd card and rebooted. Droid M came up, got the blinking red eye and after a few seconds it disappeared then nothing. Now what.

  • http://twitter.com/YHWHSOZO Joshua

    Sorry if this is a repeat question….
    Ive followed all the steps above. Only thing I noticed was at the end of the steps (Step 11) I went back to reboot into recovery. I did and it should I was unrooted and had no option to “wipe data/factory reset.” part. So I am unrooted which is all good. But I want also want to make sure that I have my setting all straight. I went to settings>about phone> and it is showing 2.0.1 version. But my Kernel Version is “2.6.29-omap1-g0dd7e0b android-build@apa26 #511″

    So is that last thingy supposed to be there and is that what its supposed to say? Thanks for any help…

  • Rv2

    I did everything the way the instructions said. But now when I reboot. can't get recovery mode. held X+power and just stays frozen on the motorola “M”.

  • ctlocke2012

    During the reboot after installing the update.zip file in SPRecovery, the motorola and “red eye” screens both appear but then the screen goes totally blank and the phone is unresponsive. I have tried pulling the battery and trying to reinstall the file (the stock recovery mode screen is back), but the same thing keeps happening… please help!!! thanks in advance :)

    • ctlocke2012

      oh and i dunno if this helps but i was running Smoked Glass v6.0.1 before this happened…