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Phone [SOLVED] Installing a custom ROM on Xperia Z1 using XZDualRecovery

Hello guys. I'm new to the community, but I did my homework and I can honestly say I've spent a good +40 hours on this site in the past month, and it paid off since I'm now the proud owner of a rooted Xperia Z1 running 4.4.2 KitKat with XZdualrecovery which is something I tought I would never do out of fear of bricking my device and the lack of information and support for my rather "slightly rare" C6906 model with annoyances like a non-unlockable bootloader , where the C6903 and C6902 models get all the attention. Anyway guys, I rooted my phone, awesome...but for me, the next step is installing a custom rom, because I feel that the stock xperia Z1 firmware is not enough for my customizing needs, plus I also envy the stock like experience it provides, even more than my Z1. I read up on a few guides for installing cyanogenmod on the Z1, but they all seem to be only supported for the C6903 and C6902 models. Plus, it doesn't help to motivate myself knowing that my C6906 model still has a locked bootloader (apparently) and I've read unlocking the bootloader is a requirement for installing custom ROMs. So, my questions are:

Is XZDualRecovery enough to install custom ROMs? Specially the version with the locked bootloader? Could I run into any issues?

If the answer to the previous question is yes, Are there any good guides concerning the C6906 model on how to install custom roms? (Or more importantly, cyanogenmod? [preferably versions that have been tested on the C6906])
 
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You cannot install anything like Cyanogenmod as it needs an unlocked bootloader

You can install any rom from the development section, just follow the locked bootloader instructions

Now that you have recovery, make a backup and follow the instructions in the thread.

How to get root on Xperia Z1 with KitKat 4.4.2, 4.4.3 & 4.4.4

If you are unsure, then read this.
If you are still unsure, watch this.
 

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You cannot install anything like Cyanogenmod as it needs an unlocked bootloader

You can install any rom from the development section, just follow the locked bootloader instructions

Now that you have recovery, make a backup and follow the instructions in the thread.
Thank you! You saved me a lot of time so I can stop searching for a way to install CM. I will look into the development section them. Any recommendations on what's a good/stable/popular ROM I can install then?
 
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Thank you! You saved me a lot of time so I can stop searching for a way to install CM. I will look into the development section them. Any recommendations on what's a good/stable/popular ROM I can install then?
No, and xda mods don't like that question being asked. Best ROM and asking for best ROM threads get closed quickly. Here is why..

If you ask someone which pizza they should buy then people give their own favourites as a recommendation. I like hot, spicy and meaty ones, but if recommend that to you may say "That's disgusting!" you may be one of those people who like anchovies and sweetcorn on their pizza. That may be perfect for you, but I will hate it

In short, you have to try them yourself and see which one suits you best. One bit of advice though, even if someone recommends a ROM to you, its no guarantee you will like it.
Part of the appeal of android is that we can customise so much, so try, test for a week (It takes that long to get an idea of performance and battery) then move on and try another.
Once you have done that, flash your favourite.

How to get root on Xperia Z1 with KitKat 4.4.2, 4.4.3 & 4.4.4

If you are unsure, then read this.
If you are still unsure, watch this.
 

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You are free to share my work, but please provide the correct credits and a link to my original thread.


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No, and xda mods don't like that question being asked. Best ROM and asking for best ROM threads get closed quickly. Here is why..

If you ask someone which pizza they should buy then people give their own favourites as a recommendation. I like hot, spicy and meaty ones, but if recommend that to you may say "That's disgusting!" you may be one of those people who like anchovies and sweetcorn on their pizza. That may be perfect for you, but I will hate it

In short, you have to try them yourself and see which one suits you best. One bit of advice though, even if someone recommends a ROM to you, its no guarantee you will like it.
Part of the appeal of android is that we can customise so much, so try, test for a week (It takes that long to get an idea of performance and battery) then move on and try another.
Once you have done that, flash your favourite.
Oh ok...sorry, didn't know that...So, should I close this thread then? or is there a way to mark my questions as answered?
 
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Oh ok...sorry, didn't know that...So, should I close this thread then? or is there a way to mark my questions as answered?
click on edit in your first post, then click on advanced
Change the title to say
[Solved] at the front of it

How to get root on Xperia Z1 with KitKat 4.4.2, 4.4.3 & 4.4.4

If you are unsure, then read this.
If you are still unsure, watch this.
 

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[Xperia Z1]
You are free to share my work, but please provide the correct credits and a link to my original thread.


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