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How To Downgrade HTC Desire HD To Root It After OTA Update

HTC Desire HDHTC released the 1.72.405.3 OTA Android update for HTC Desire HD in December 2010 that included enhanced security, making it impossible to gain permanent root access on the device after the update. It also removed the permanent root and S-OFF access users had already obtained prior to the update. While there still isn’t a way to gain permanent root and S-OFF on the updated version, you can however downgrade your phone to an earlier build in order to be able to do so. Read on for the complete guide.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. Extract the contents of Downgrade.zip to a location on your computer.
  2. Enable USB Debugging on your HTC Desire HD from Settings > Applications > Development.
  3. Connect your phone to your computer via USB and make sure the connection mode is charge only.
  4. Launch a Command Prompt window and browse to the location of the files extracted in Step 1.
  5. Enter the following commands:
    adb push psneuter /data/local/tmp
    adb push misc_version /data/local/tmp
    adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/tmp/psneuter
    adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/tmp/misc_version
    adb shell /data/local/tmp/psneuter
    adb shell

    You should now get the # prompt, indicating temporary root.

  6. Enter these commands:
    cd /data/local/tmp
    ./misc_version -s 1.31.405.6
  7. Set your phone’s connection mode to disk drive for file transfer and copy the stock ROM’s PD98IMG.zip to the root of your SD card (not in any folder).
  8. Reboot your phone into bootloader by first powering it off and then keeping the volume-down button pressed while powering it back on.
  9. The bootloader will automatically detect the ROM and will guide you through the process of installing it. Simply follow the instructions and you should have the old ROM back on your phone.

Now that you have successfully downgraded your phone, you can root your phone, turn it S-OFF, or even install a custom recovery to be able to flash custom ROMs, hacks and kernels etc. to it. To get started with all of that, you must first root your phone.

Regardless of whether you simply want to root your phone or also want to get into all the further customizations and hacks just mentioned, proceed to our guide on getting permanent root access on your HTC Desire HD. Happy rooting!

Credit for this method goes to XDA-Developers forum member jkoljo.

[via XDA-Developers]
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