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Sway8966, thank you for saving my behind more than once.

I will be following your instruction as to rooting the phone and also install custom recovery. However, if you see my first post, it seems I need to first install SS 3.71 to root, then SS 3.72 to upgrade to NB1/NC1? I will take a safe bet that I can't just use SS 3.72 to avoid brick. Also, that GPE version ROM, I had trouble finding the kernel, would there be a place to find it? Or is it in the package? I un-zipped it, but can't find the file that looks like the kernel in it.

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iantung329 I am glad to help you out.
You do not need to install SS recovery first to root the phone. Rooting is done by using the adb command to push the super user in the system area.

Since you are in a MK2 firmware/bootloader Safestrap 3.71 is the only one you can use.
Also your bootloader is MK2 so I would not go to install the NB1/NC1 system file on your phone. SS 3.72 is for the NB1/NC1.

To upgrade your phone to 4.4.2 OS you can find the custom rom packages (including the kernel) in here.
Bootloader MK2 and above can not use the custom kernel since there is no exploit for the kernel out so far. So you need to choose the TOUCHWIZ rom with SS version, not AOSP (Android open-source project) rom.
We are not supposed to tell you which rom to choose because people might not have similar taste or expectation in the choice of rom. Read around and choose the rom that you want.
If you'd asked me, I use Golden Eye rom. I am on NC1. You can see that in my signature section.
I will tell you how I installed the Golden eye rom as an example.
I download the package (zip file), my NC1 stock kernel file and superSU file.
Using the safestrap I installed the package zip file. After the installation finished I installed the NC1 kernel file and SuperSU file. Then I reboot my phone. That is. Other roms might have different instructions.
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Sway8966, thank you for saving my behind more than once.

I will be following your instruction as to rooting the phone and also install custom recovery. However, if you see my first post, it seems I need to first install SS 3.71 to root, then SS 3.72 to upgrade to NB1/NC1? I will take a safe bet that I can't just use SS 3.72 to avoid brick. Also, that GPE version ROM, I had trouble finding the kernel, would there be a place to find it? Or is it in the package? I un-zipped it, but can't find the file that looks like the kernel in it.

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iantung329 I am glad to help you out.
You do not need to install SS recovery first to root the phone. Rooting is done by using the adb command to push the super user in the system area.

Since you are in a MK2 firmware/bootloader Safestrap 3.71 is the only one you can use.
Also your bootloader is MK2 so I would not go to install the NB1/NC1 system file on your phone. SS 3.72 is for the NB1/NC1.

To upgrade your phone to 4.4.2 OS you can find the custom rom packages (including the kernel) in here.
Bootloader MK2 and above can not use the custom kernel since there is no exploit for the kernel out so far. So you need to choose the TOUCHWIZ rom with SS version, not AOSP (Android open-source project) rom.
We are not supposed to tell you which rom to choose because people might not have similar taste or expectation in the choice of rom. Read around and choose the rom that you want.
If you'd asked me, I use Golden Eye rom. I am on NC1. You can see that in my signature section.
I will tell you how I installed the Golden eye rom as an example.
I download the package (zip file), my NC1 stock kernel file and superSU file.
Using the safestrap I installed the package zip file. After the installation finished I installed the NC1 kernel file and SuperSU file. Then I reboot my phone. That is. Other roms might have different instructions.
As sway said, you do not need Safestrap to root, you just use Saferoot and you have root. However, you can actually use SS 3.72 and it would be better to use it since you can then mount /system even while on a 4.4.2 kernel. You can also use the single GPE located in the general section. Sway's ROM flashing instructions are correct, but also remember to flash the kernel module zip in Safestrap, and you would be using the MLD set since you have the MK2 bootloader. The kernels and everything you need are included in the KitKat Magic Toolkit.
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As sway said, you do not need Safestrap to root, you just use Saferoot and you have root. However, you can actually use SS 3.72 and it would be better to use it since you can then mount /system even while on a 4.4.2 kernel. You can also use the single GPE located in the general section. Sway's ROM flashing instructions are correct, but also remember to flash the kernel module zip in Safestrap, and you would be using the MLD set since you have the MK2 bootloader. The kernels and everything you need are included in the KitKat Magic Toolkit.

Sigh, I will admit, I have done it again, so I am back to flashing the MK2 file from a few post ago.
I think I will either go with stock rooted ROM or the GPE version, I think the only thing I am missing is the kernel, which I found in one of the post I have to Loki it since I am on AT&T, but I can't find the Loki software, or would that be using Odin as well?
The only reason I am looking to root this phone is so that I can tether. Traveling roughly 2-3 weeks a month ain't fun, but not all hotels have free wifi, so having my phone rooted and able to tether is like a life line. Also, after I tried GB, its wonderful! Apart from I can't find a good quiet time option, everything is awesome being able to use GB and AdBlock. Does either Sway or DeadlySin9 have a good recommendation for quiet time app/mod?

As soon as I get the phone back on stock MK2, I will be looking into either stock root ROM or GPE version. Thanks all!
 
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Sigh, I will admit, I have done it again, so I am back to flashing the MK2 file from a few post ago.
I think I will either go with stock rooted ROM or the GPE version, I think the only thing I am missing is the kernel, which I found in one of the post I have to Loki it since I am on AT&T, but I can't find the Loki software, or would that be using Odin as well?
The only reason I am looking to root this phone is so that I can tether. Traveling roughly 2-3 weeks a month ain't fun, but not all hotels have free wifi, so having my phone rooted and able to tether is like a life line. Also, after I tried GB, its wonderful! Apart from I can't find a good quiet time option, everything is awesome being able to use GB and AdBlock. Does either Sway or DeadlySin9 have a good recommendation for quiet time app/mod?

As soon as I get the phone back on stock MK2, I will be looking into either stock root ROM or GPE version. Thanks all!
OK. @DeadlySin9, got the final question (hopefully )

I am going to flash GPE version (here) and I will be following the direction on that, wipe, flash, kernel then reboot. You mentioned that I should use the MLD kernels, but which one is that in the Kitkat magic tool? AP_MLD, BL_MLD? And now I have SS 3.71 on the phone, would you recommend uninstalling that and install SS 3.72 instead, since I will be flashing GPE version anyway?

Also, what of this ROM (here)? I guess I can't flash this one?
 
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OK. @DeadlySin9, got the final question (hopefully )

I am going to flash GPE version (here) and I will be following the direction on that, wipe, flash, kernel then reboot. You mentioned that I should use the MLD kernels, but which one is that in the Kitkat magic tool? AP_MLD, BL_MLD? And now I have SS 3.71 on the phone, would you recommend uninstalling that and install SS 3.72 instead, since I will be flashing GPE version anyway?

Also, what of this ROM (here)? I guess I can't flash this one?
Actually, neither of those work. There's one in the General section, with Safestrap in the thread title. That's the one you need. I do recommend going to 3.72 on Safestrap, and you need to use both the AP and BL files in ODIN.

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Actually, neither of those work. There's one in the General section, with Safestrap in the thread title. That's the one you need. I do recommend going to 3.72 on Safestrap, and you need to use both the AP and BL files in ODIN.

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This is the only one I can find (here)

Also, by the look of it, paid apps wouldn't work in this ROM, that might be a problem.

Here is another one that I was considering from the start (here), but I am not sure if I should follow the first post or second?
 
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This is the only one I can find (here)

Also, by the look of it, paid apps wouldn't work in this ROM, that might be a problem.

Here is another one that I was considering from the start (here), but I am not sure if I should follow the first post or second?
If you're still on MK2 then you can use the second one. And yeah, you can't download paid apps from the Play Store for some reason.
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If you're still on MK2 then you can use the second one. And yeah, you can't download paid apps from the Play Store for some reason.
@DeadlySin9, thanks for pointing out the correct one to use, and yes, I am still stock on MK2, rooted and have not installed SS, pending the version discussion. I will go ahead and install SS 3.72 and the ROM from the first post and that it will work wonders.

The reason that I am choosing this over the GPE, don't get me wrong, GPE I think is better, but no download paid apps is not going to work for me, some apps like, root explorer and a few others are a must on the phone. So that's a bummer. I wish it works, then I can just flash and be in peace.

Thank you @sway8966 also for helping out on this. I just freaked out when I found out the work phone was dead.....

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