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Nexus 7- boot unlock method that works with android 4.2 and Windows8

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WARNING !!! this will wipe your device!!!

Back it up before you begin!

Please do not attempt this if you are not sure what you are doing.
I will not be held responsible if you will mess up your device.

Lets begin...

Here is how to Unlock your Nexus7 Bootloader

(was tested on windows8 x64 + Nexus7 32gb ver- non 3g)

Step 1 - Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install with USB drivers. http://developer.and.../sdk/index.html

Step 2 - Enable USB Debugging mode in your Nexus 7 tablet.
Watch out there is a different method now :
Step A - Go to Settings > About phone.
Step B - Scroll down to the bottom to “Build number.”
Step C - Tap “Build number” seven (7) times. Right after the third tap, you will see a dialogue box that says "you are only four taps away from being a developer." Continue tapping four (4) more times.

Step 3 - Make sure you have backup your data as it will be removed. Then switch off your Nexus 7.
Step 4 - Now go into Fastboot Mode on Nexus 7. How? Press Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is bootloader mode.
Step 5 - Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).
Step 6 - Type in the following command and press Enter.

fastboot oem unlock

Step 7 - Now follow the on-screen instructions and proceed.
Step 8 - In the end, reboot your Nexus 7 tablet with the following command if not rebooted automatically.
fastboot reboot
That’s it. Your Nexus 7 bootloader is no unlocked and you have the possibility to flash a custom recovery and root your device.... if you want to....

I hope this helps.

Edited by aaww, 21 November 2012 - 05:11 PM.

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