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WP Root Tools Updated to v0.9–Now with Root Tools SDK
Ultimate control over our devices is what we all struggle to obtain here on XDA-Developers. Microsoft has done an amazing job in making sure that this does not happen for owners of Windows Phone 7 devices (some of them anyways) by implementing security measure on top of security measure, and all this in the name of data privacy, protection to the end user, and protection of IP. This is likely one of the reasons why this platform never really got off the ground. Old time WM users will agree that playing with the registry to unlock functions (802.11g on the HTC Wizard anyone?) and to improve the overall feeling over the device and control is what probably kept WM alive and well for as long as it did. On WP7, all that was lost.
Having said that, there are some brave developers out there who put out tools that will enable those missing features and capabilities once again. XDA Recognized Developer Heathcliff74 is one of them and has recently revamped his infamous WP Root Tools to version 0.9, in which he did a complete re-write of the code, thus giving you that “new tool scent”. The set includes a file explorer, a registry editor, policy and permissions handler, and much more. Moreover, he added a SDK (on version 0.1 currently) for those who would like to expand this a tad further by adding their own tools to the mix.
Because of the rights and permissions required to use this app, your device must be dev unlocked and interop unlocked, which means that Nokia Lumia users as well as 2nd generation HTC devices cannot use this. The tool will work for both custom and stock roms, so if you have a device that can accept these, please be sure to take these for a spin and reclaim your God-given right to mess your registry into kingdom come!
WP7 Root Tools 0.9 brings true Root Access to devices with stock ROM’s, but it also works on devices with custom ROM’s and Full Unlock. Your device needs to be Interop Unlocked to use WP7 Root Tools!
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