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Root Nextbook Ares 8, TWRP Recovery, Disable encryption

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By vampirefo, Senior Member on 11th June 2015, 11:59 PM
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Note this thread is for Ares 8 5.0, Ares has released 5.1, this thread is not for 5.1, or any future versions, it's only for android 5.0.

DO NOT FORMAT SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a guide to root Nextbook Ares 8, disable encryption, and flash permanent TWRP recovery to device.
Walmart is selling the Nextbook Ares 8 for $78.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nextbook-A...-Core/43267399

This is a great price for a 8" quad core, intel tablet, bootloader is unlocked, tablet has a lot of potential, priced right and comes with lollipop. Tablet comes encrypted that can be turned off, all data will be lost, so it will be a new setup without encryption.

This zip contains, tethered twrp recovery, permanent twrp recovery, boot.img and SuperSU246.zip

https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347758712

To root via tethered twrp recovery this is for Linux OS

extract NXA8QC116_root_kit.zip

place SuperSU246.zip on your sdcard.

Code:
adb reboot bootloader
Code:
sudo ./trigger 4
to install twrp permanently

Code:
adb reboot bootloader
Code:
sudo ./fastboot flash recovery ./twrp_recovery.img
to disable encryption
Code:
adb reboot recovery
in stock recovery

format /data and /cache, reboot to bootloader

Code:
sudo ./fastboot flash boot ./boot.img
reboot

Credits


@vampirefo
Linux Fastboot Binary, intel compatible cwm recovery.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/dell...overy-t2866925

@Chainfire
super user package update-supersu-vxxx.zip
https://download.chainfire.eu/696/Su...erSU-v2.46.zip

@social-design-concepts
recovery.launcher, recovery.envsetup, recovery.trigger, triggers and for sharing his work.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/andr...p-cwm-t2975096
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2681783

TeamWin for their great recovery
https://github.com/omnirom/android_b...ee/android-5.1

@quanganh2627
Patch files for libpixelflinger to support x86 build
http://review.cyanogenmod.org/#/c/97125/

@TheSSJ
symbolic link in recovery mode

@social-design-concepts
suggesting using different adbd


DO NOT FORMAT SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Key combo to get into bootloader or recovery via hard keys.
power off
volume up + power = recovery
volume down + power = bootloader
from bootloader you have several choices to boot, just pres volume down to choose, power to select.

Below are the latest TWRP recovery and boot.img files
Twrp, has been upgraded to 2.8.7.0
adb root now works in twrp.

boot.img, adbd has been changed
adb is also root, so commands like adb remount works.

to flash these files
adb reboot bootloader or use hard keys or an app to get you into bootloader

fastboot flash recovery twrp_recovery.img
fastboot flash boot boot.img
https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347766997

TWRP 3.0.2-0
Added ability to backup system as system.img
TWRP 3.0.2-0 is out now for all currently supported devices.


What’s new in 3.0.2-0:
Fix a bug with the input box that affected masked inputs (passwords). This fixes decrypt of full device encryption on devices that support decrypt. This bug also impacts encrypted backups. Users are highly encouraged to stop using 3.0.1 if you use encrypted backups or if you need decrypt of data in TWRP.
Add Greek translation to some builds

https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24499762636001674
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12th June 2015, 05:22 PM |#2  
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DO NOT FORMAT SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is faster method to root, flash TWRP to tablet, and remove encryption.

This method is being posted cause some users are formatting system partition, which is bad you can't boot without a system partition, even though I never told anyone to format system partition, some people are still doing it, why? I have no clue.

DO NOT FORMAT SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

download extract, place remove_encryption.zip, SuperSU246.zip on micro-sdcard.
https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347758954

reboot to bootloader

install twrp permanently

Code:
adb reboot bootloader
Code:
sudo ./fastboot flash recovery ./twrp_recovery.img
while in bootloader mode, press volume down until recovey mode is diplayed, press power.

In TWRP recovery install remove_encryption.zip, SuperSU246.zip, once completed reboot.

DO NOT FORMAT SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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do i have to have linux or can i do this on windows somehow?
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You can use @social-design-concepts windows tethered twrp recovery, to flash the zip files in my second post.

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Updated TWRP recovery to 2.8.7.0 and added different adbd to boot.img
They are at the end of First Post.
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I am convinced that there still will be people formatting their system partition
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nice, bought this tablet for my little girl, now lets debloat
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How difficult would it be to tweak this procedure to work for the Ares 7?

I just got an Ares 7 and would like to do the same to it.

I know it has a different processor, and it is running 4.4.2 KitKat rather than 5.0 Lollipop, but I hope the framework would be similar.

Guess I will have to learn how to start modding Android myself.
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Originally Posted by jthomas1987

How difficult would it be to tweak this procedure to work for the Ares 7?

I just got an Ares 7 and would like to do the same to it.

I know it has a different processor, and it is running 4.4.2 KitKat rather than 5.0 Lollipop, but I hope the framework would be similar.

Guess I will have to learn how to start modding Android myself.

I don't know anything about ares 7, I don't see how this would work on your device if it's not x86.

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I am going to stop sharing my work on this tablet, people seem to be very unappreciated, they can't even click the thank you tab.

I no longer want to help such rude people. There will be no future updates.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by vampirefo

I am going to stop sharing my work on this tablet, people seem to be very unappreciated, they can't even click the thank you tab.

I no longer want to help such rude people. There will be no future updates.

While I can understand that, your efforts sold me on this tablet I had just decided to pass on it because there was no root; then I saw this thread and now I'll be picking one up next week.
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