Phone Guide: How To Root The HTC Desire HBOOT 0.83

This guide will let you root a HTC Desire running a bootloader version of 0.83 or below with an AMOLED OR SLCD SCREEN. Here at Droid Den we already have a guide, but that is only for Desires that have a bootloader version of 0.75 or below. Therefore this guide is to complement the other guide! So what advantages does rooting bring?

  • Store apps on your sdcard instead of phone memory. So no more running out of space to install apps!
  • Get rid of those stupid demo apps your provider adds to your phone.
  • Turn your phone into a WiFi hotspot. Other devices can connect via wireless and share your phones internet
  • Take screenshots of your phone from your phone.
  • Better memory management, your phone will never slow down!
  • Overclock your phone, more speed! (If possible!)
  • Full backup ability. Backup your whole phone state. Restoring this backup puts your phone in the exact same condition as the backup.
  • Use Market Enabler to access paid apps if currently unavailable in your country.

Follow the jump for the guide!

Ok, so first things first. Don't be scared by the following, if you follow instructions all is good. However, you MUST follow the instructions. If you decide to follow this guide, then you do so at your own risk. I take no responsibility for any damage you may do.

Here are a few things to take note of:

  • This guide lets you root only a HTC Desire which has a bootloader version of 0.83 or below. To check the bootloader version:
    • Switch off the device
    • Turn it on whilst holding the ‘back’ key
    • You should be able to see the text ‘HBOOT’, and a version number besides it.
    • This number is the bootloader version.

  • This process will wipe all the data from your phone, follow the instructions for backup instructions.
  • In order to get apps2sd you will have to format your sd card. Make sure you copy all contents of your sd card to your pc so you can add them back after the format.

You will need the following items to root your HTC Desire:

  • Windows PC
  • MicroUSB cable
  • MicroSD card
  1. Backup Your Data

    As mentioned earlier, this process will wipe both your phone and sdcard. So to keep your settings/data you need a backup tool. By far the best one I know of on the android market isMyBackup Pro. MyBackup Pro is a paid application, but you can use the free version for a free 30 day trial. You can then backup all your data, and restore it after the rooting:
    Some people have run into issues backing up apps with MyBackup. Because of this I recommend using AppMonster (free on the market) to backup your apps.
    MyBackup Free MyBackup Free
    MyBackup Pro MyBackup Pro
  2. Download Required Files

    Download the following files to your PC:
  3. Run Reflash Package

    1. Run the reflash_package.exe you have downloaded above.
    2. Extract the package to a suitable location.
    3. Follow the instructions in the hboot driver.htm file in the location specified above.
    4. Download and install HTC sync from the official HTC website.
    5. This may be contradicting, but trust me. Once installed, now uninstall HTC sync, BUT leave the driver software installed.
    6. Reboot your PC.
    7. On your Desire
      1. Go to Settings > Connect to PC > Default connection type > Disk drive and then untick Ask Me.
      2. Go to Settings > Applications > Development and then tick USB Debugging.
      3. Go to Settings > Applications and then tick Unknown Sources.

    8. On your PC, open the reflash.exe file (Run this file as administrator on Win Vista/7) that was extracted to your specified location in step b.
    9. STOP IMPORTANT [AMOLED screen owners please skip to j]

        1. Download this file: recovery-clockwork-
        2. In the reflash.exe you just opened do File > Custom Recovery and select the recovery-clockwork- file you just downloaded

    10. Connect your Desire to your PC via usb cable.
    11. Wait for a bout 2 minutes until your phone goes into recovery mode
    12. Press reboot
    13. Your desire is now rooted!

  4. Install a Custom Rooted ROM

    1. You are now ready to install a custom rom, please follow this guide to do so!