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Chrome OS Could Soon Unlock Your Bootloader, Flash Custom Recoveries, And More

Chromebook wasn't designed to run on any windows OS, its a Chromebook! Chromebook's run chrome OS which is Linux, not windows. That being said, Linux is capable of running some windows software via their WINE emulator but its very limited and not really compatible . Only certain Chromebooks can possibly run windows OS but there's a good chance of bricking your Chromebook permanently since your going to be messing with the firmware, hacking it I guess you could say... much in the same way a android phone needs to be rooted via a exploit & have its bootloader unlocked in order to enable the flashing of custom ROMS...

Chrome OS could soon unlock your bootloader, flash custom recoveries, and more

They could even save you money in the long run, as you can get OS and security updates long after your phone has stopped being officially supported. Looking for more reasons to install a custom ROM on your Android device? Check out this list.

Now that you have successfully unlocked the bootloader of your Android device, go ahead and try rooting your device, flashing various custom ROMs and installing tons of amazing mods, including GCam. So with that, we conclude this comprehensive guide on how to Unlock the Bootloader of Any Android Device. If you are having any issues concerning any part of this guide, do let me know. I will get back to you with a solution.

Checking this is useful after installation, but you don't need to check it manually for verified boot to work. The verified boot public key flashed to the secure element can only be changed when the device is unlocked. Unlocking the device performs the same wiping of the secure element as a factory reset and prevents data from being recovered even if the SSD was cloned and your passphrase(s) are obtained because the encryption keys can no longer be derived anymore. The verified boot key is also one of the inputs for deriving the encryption keys in addition to the user's lock method(s) and random token(s) on the secure element.

  • On many Android phones, you can check if the bootloader is unlocked by dialing a code. If this doesn\u2019t work, you can always use the second, longer method.To check your bootloader status directly from your phone, you should:Unlock your Android phone.Open the Phone app or the Dialer.Enter the code: *#*#7378423*#*#This should automatically open a new window.Tap the Service info.Open Configuration.You should see one of the two messages:- Bootloader Unlocked Allowed \u2013 Yes- Bootloader Unlocked \u2013 YesThe first message means that the device\u2019s bootloader is locked, but you can unlock it. The second means that the bootloader is unlocked.But if your phone doesn\u2019t take you to a new window after entering the code, you need to use another method.", "url": " -bootloader-is-unlocked/#step1" }, "@type": "HowToStep", "name": "Step 1: Setting Up the Command Prompt", "image": " -content/uploads/2019/07/Screen-Shot-2021-07-08-at-12.30.50-PM.png", "text": "When you install the tool, you should:Locate the path to the ADB and fastboot folder.Click on the Start Menu and type \u2018cmd\u2019 until the Command Prompt icon appears.Type the path to the ADB and fastboot folder in your Command Prompt. For example:C:UsersUsernameDownloadsADB and fastboot", "url": " -bootloader-is-unlocked/#step2" , "@type": "HowToStep", "name": "Step 2: Turning on the Fastboot Mode", "image": " -content/uploads/2019/07/start.jpg", "text": "Once the Command Prompt is set, you should set your phone to fastboot mode. To do this:Turn your Android phone off.Hold the Volume Down and Power\/Unlock buttons at the same time until the phone turns on again.When it turns on, release the Power button, but hold the Volume Down key until you see the bootloader menu. It should display the little Android bot lying on its back on a dark background, with a text under it.Connect the computer and your phone with a data cable.", "url": " -bootloader-is-unlocked/#step3" , "@type": "HowToStep", "name": "Step 3: Checking the Status", "image": " -content/uploads/2019/07/fastboot.jpg", "text": "Now that everything is set, you can use the Command Prompt to check the status of your bootloader. To do this, you should:Enter the \u2018.\/adb devices\u2019 command into the Command Prompt to check if ADB can locate your device. This should list your phone.Execute the \u2018.\/adb bootloader\u2019 command to boot into bootloader.Once you are in the bootloader, type the \u2018fastboot devices\u2019 command in the Command Prompt and execute it. If it lists a code, that means that the system can detect your phone.Enter the \u2018fastboot oem device-info\u2019 command and run it. It should list some device data, including the bootloader information.Look for \u2018Device Unlocked\u2019 from the info.If it says \u2018true\u2019 next to it, it means that your device is unlocked. If it says \u2018false,\u2019 it means that that it\u2019s still locked.Sometimes, you can see this information right away in the bootloader display of your Android phone.", "url": " -bootloader-is-unlocked/#step4" ], "tool":[ ] } "@context": " ", "@type": "FAQPage", "mainEntity": [ "@type": "Question", "name": "Do I need to unlock my bootloader?", "acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer", "text": "Most everyday smartphone users will never need to worry about whether their bootloader is unlocked. But, some, more tech-savvy users may want to have this option available. Having an unlocked bootloader means you can add your own software to your device. Some say this extends the life of their device while others just like to have option available. 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If your bootloader is unlocked, you will be able to root or flash custom ROMs. But keep in mind that there is a reason why every Android comes with a locked bootloader. While locked, it will only boot the operating system that is on it. This is extremely important for security reasons.

So, to do that, you will have first to unlock the bootloader to install a custom recovery and then flash the Pixel Experience ROM. But to unlock the bootloader, you will first have to enable OEM Unlock on your Android smartphone.

3. X96 naked - this will be the base firmware you should use for every addition that comes below.Here we have the OTA update stripped from all apps that would be otherwise included except the pure Android stuff like Playstore and Gallery.For all additions and mods this is the base firmware used.I decided on going this route instead of making all mods inside the firmware to avoid complications and give the user more freedom of choice.Since we need all folder structures created you have to boot and do the usual Android and Google account setup.Do not try to start Kodi as this won't work and we don't want to cause trouble trying to start something that is not there!Klick on this to download from Filefactory1. X96 Naked Kodi BoxThis Rom is for everyone who wants the box just to be used with Kodi anyway.So after the initial setup you can boot directly into Kodi without any launcher or things like that.For this Rom I removed all the bloatware and only left the system apps, so no Skype, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and so on, nothing but Kodi.The box will start and present you with a choice for the launcher.XMBC is for KodiMBox is the standard launcher as you know itI left the standard launcher so you can check and adjust all your personal settings and see what is left in terms of programs without getting too confused by the new interface.Once you are done simply press the HOME button on the keyboar/remote to select Kodi as the default launcher.You can either make it permanent or set it for once and be asked again at the next boot.Kodi and the firmware is based on the last OTA update.If you need any other addons please ask Google on where to find them.How to:Install X96 naked and set up if not done already.Copy the addon ZIP file to the SD you used for the previous installation.Boot into recovery and select the corresponding addon ZIP file for installation.You can choose between Kodi 16 Jarvis and Kodi 17 Krypton.Once the box rebooted you can select if you want to use the MBox Launcher or the XMBC Launcher for Kodi.The selection can be for once or permanent, you choose.Klick on this for Kodi 16 JarvisKlick on this for Kodi 17 Krypton2. X96 All inHere we have the choice of Mbox, Kodi (XMBC) or ADW as the launcher.I highly recommend to try ADW ;)On top of that there is also a dark theme for the ADW launcher and corresponding dark buttons for everything.Additionally I added some programs that I use quite often and that you might find useful too.For Kodi I added the full addon pack with all addons updated and nonfunctional ones removed.If you want it just as a TV box you can set XMBC as the default launcher.Android apps can be added to the favourites same way as the power menu, so add what you like ;)The firmware flashing takes about 5 minutes after the MD5 check is over.The first boot to the standard Mbox launcher takes about 3 minutes but from there you need to be patient while all the programs are installed.All up expect to wait at least 25 minutes to be on the safe side here.You will see how the shortcuts keep adding to the launcher screen....Once the process is complete you will see the memory usage level out and stay steady around 25.4-25.85%.If in doubt just have some dinner while the box is doing it's thing ;)As so far I am unable to include all program and launcher settings you will have to do some manual labour which I will explain now:To clean everything up memory wise I strongly suggest to reboot through the IR remote once the box is really done installing all programs.This next boot will give you a selection for your launcher - click on the Media Box Launcher for one time use so you can find your way through with a launcher you are familiar with.Do the network and account setup, modify your screen zoom if required and then start SuperSU so it can update the binarier (required step).The normal way works fine, if not the first time wait a minute or two and try again, SuperSU needs all background activities to be dormant so sometimes you just need to try until it works.For me I never needed more than 3 attempts if the first failed.Reboot now as indicated by SuperSU.Of course several apps will need root access through SuperSU, so please grant them this forever to make it ork properly.Next step is to activate the AD blocking by starting AdBlock and downloading the lists.If you don't like reboots then tick the box for never and say no to reboots.Only means the new lists will be active after the next boot of the box.If you have use for Lucky Patcher I suggest to start it now and download the custom patches and usual lists, otherwise just leave this program alone ;)Time to add some fun :)Start ADW Launcher and select the basic theme you like, I used the first on the left.I do a long mouse press on the Promo icon in the lower right to remove it from the screen and place the shortcut for Kodi here.To get Kodi on the main screen:Click the little arrow in the lower center of the screen to bring the apps menu up.Hold the mouse button while dragging the icon to where you want it on the main screen - easy :)Same story for the Power Menu - I place it between the player and browser button on the lower icon bar.To get it really nice start the Black and Blue Icon pack and select ADW.Confirm that you want to use these icons and enjoy a nice dark look for your launcher.Feel free to customize to your liking at a later stage.Press the Home button on the remote or keyboard to bring up the launcher selection.Time for XMC Launcher to start Kodi.Kodi should not need to update endless addons, todays test showed only a few had updates available and two had been discontiued to work, the rest is up to date.Once all is updated and you made the personal changes in Kodi you like (including testing a stream or two) you can try the favourites menu to restart the box through the power menu.Now you are set to go and enjoy the new look and feel of your TV box :)Of course I now have to strongly advice that you finnish whatever you want to add or change to your box and do a proper backup with TWRP onto the external SD ;)Keep in mind all bloat required for the initial installation is gone once the Kodi setup is complete to increase system space.This means a factory reset will give you a naked box without filebrowser or anything of use and you need to install manually after visiting the playstore - a backup really does wonders here...Check the screenshots below (click on image for full size view): For Kodi 17 the pics are the same as I now included the Confluence skin.To get the old Kodi look with Confluence:Go into settings, skin and select Confluence ;)

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