Back in my day, we flashed via DOS commands!
Is this what you were flashing?
Those who survived root with 4.4.4 but boot loader is locked check this site for wireless tether works just fine... Not my work just reposting. http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-x/themes-apps/app-hotspot-entitlement-bypass-v1-1-5-9-t2705152
I more or less followed what Jaocagomez had done with previous stock releases and debloated my running 23.3.24 phone. Not a postable ROM, but a purge of the unneeded stuff. If there is interest I could put together a rough outline of steps but i...
Take a look at the F-Droid repository. There are a few flashlight apps there that might not be on the play store which could work for you.
The reality is that you won't know for sure until you have it in your hands. However, I know someone who got a Mini recently and it was on 4.4. There is probably a ton of them still out there since it's an 'older' phone.