since there were numerous threads coming up regarding this and other threads were having partial information i have created this thread so that users can get a central location for correct information and post queries if any here...
download the rooting toolkit package and save it on C:\
exit all adb requiring apps like PC Suite, PC Companion, Flashtool, etc as they will interfere with the rooting process
extract the ENTIRE contents of the package (and not just one file) to some directory on c:\
once you are ready with all the above connect phone to PC and execute "runme.bat" from the location where the entire contents are extracted
press enter to start the process, as the device is detected the toolkit will start executing steps one by one
keep watching the command prompt and wait for the following to come up "press the button to restore the data in your phone"
at this point look at the device screen, an app will start, select RESTORE data
now u will get "if Restoring data is complete," in the command prompt
at this point open Phone & dial *#*#7378423#*#*
select "Service tests" in your phone operation.
select "Display" (screen will turn white), the toolkit will now start executing some commands
now press power button to turn off screen wait for few seconds and press it power button again (repeat it a few time) till then keep observing the command prompt for outputs
u will see "transfer files to your phone part2", "installing busybox,su,Superuser,etc..." & finally "Cleaning up"
after that the device should automatically reboot
thats it device should now be rooted
if your device has unlockable bootloader then after applying this hack the bootloader status will turn "Bootloader unlock allowed: No"
in that case dont worry the users have reported that doing a repair via SEUS will flash back stock firmware and turn this status to "Bootloader unlock allowed: Yes" (the same might also be achieved by flashing a stock FTF using FlashTool <yet to be confirmed>)
ROOT WILL BE LOST BY DOING THE ABOVE AND YOUR INTERNAL STORAGE MAY GET WIPED!
SO DO A BACKUP OF APPS & INTERNAL STORAGE ON AN EXTERNAL SDCARD/PC
will this wipe /data NO. since we are not unlocking the bootloader the /data partition will not be wiped
do i need to unlock bootloader for this to work? NO.
will i lose Bravia Engine 2 ? NO.
does rooting without unlocking the bootloader still voids warranty.
Not if you get back on clean Stock ROM
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