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Video: Installing Stock 2.1 With Root Access

Last week I posted the video on how to install a custom ROM through SPRecovery and it seemed to be a success.  However, there were still quire a few of you out there that like the stock Droid look and wanted an option to keep but also have root access.  So here we go!

*Warning* – The process we are about to layout is extremely risky.  If you choose to do this, we are not liable should you brick your phone or cause any sort of permanent damage.  If you do harm to your phone, please do not email us asking for help as you have already been warned and accept all risk involved. Cheers!


1.  Flash the SPRecovery SBF file.
2.  Download this file to your computer:  ESE81update.zip
3.  Follow this video… (Give it time to process, it’s HD people.)

*Note 1* – You will find a ton of information on overclocking and kernels at this post.

Questions or comments?  Drop them below!

Credit:  Koush for hosting the file in ROM Manager and to Pete for creating it.

  • Dhaw777

    i have the update.zip in my sd folder and it is still giving me the error message. “no such file or directory” what am i doing wrong?

  • Dhaw777

    i have the update.zip in my sd folder and it is still giving me the error message. “no such file or directory” what am i doing wrong?

  • Dj576424

    i get an error saying cannot find file plz help

  • StrayKtns

    My droid won't allow me to put the update.zip file into the root of the SD Card. It only gives me access to the “sdcard” folder. Any tips on how to gain access to the root of the SD card?

  • So, I never got the alfonso website to pop up…not sure what I did wrong? SO frustrated at the moment. Any suggestions would help immensely!

  • andrew

    hey does this work for my UK motorola milestone ?

  • Nick

    Kellex or anyone that has it as well, Ive got BB 1.0 1.2ghz installed with no problems, love it, its awesome. One goofy thing I want is the reboot button like you have on yours. How do you get that? That would be better than holding down the power button for a few seconds. I have the droid life boot screen as well, major awesomeness. Detailed instructions on getting that reboot button on my phone would be great.

  • domsmom08

    im trying to create a backup of my phone and i keep getting a nandroid exited with status 31 has anyone every seen this

  • sanjonny

    After reading everything, I have a few hints. First of all, when naming the file, if you are not a windows expert, make sure you have named it update.zip, not adding in a zip if you don't see it on the windows screen. If you are having problems finding the update file, depending on your windows settings, you might have changed the filename to update.zip.zip. Again depending on settings, you can right click on the file and choose properties and it will tell you the filename or you can change your settings to tell you the filename. It seems to occur over and over again that people have named the file wrong and that is why the system cannot find it.

    Now doing exactly what was in the video worked fine for me, I did this so I could wifi tether to my ipad and that works fine with the stock rom with root and the free barnacle app. So take that Apple, no need for your 3g nonsense.

    But, when you run the video operation, you will delete everything on your phone, so all your settings will be gone. I backed up all my apps using appmanager and astro, but they all start from scratch again. I read that after rooting I can use Titanium backup to keep all my settings and such. But that requires root which you do not have at this point

    I used the simple backup in nandroid before I went to the next step (this video) and rooted the phone. CAn I restore that backup to bring my phone back to how it was before rooting, back to stock 2.1 with the SBR installed? I don't know much about Nandroid but since the next step wipes all your files, I made the simple backup first, or was that just a waste of time.

    Now that I am rooted, I am wondering if I can use SBR and just run the restore on my original simple backup using Nandroid to bring myself back to unrooted 2.1 with SBR. Any Nandroid experts out there? Or does this simple setting just restore a few things or will it work at all. Now that I am rooted, I can use Titanium backup or other things, but essentially once you follow this process, you will have to start over in the initial root. I have info in the nandroid backup that I would like to have and copy, like call logs and such that I would love to get back if possible.