I went through the process of installing JDK and ADT environments, installed Kindle Fire HD 8.9 drivers using instructions posted here:
Device seems to be recognized by Windows 8.
List of devices attached
Allow Installation of Applications: On
Ran the script, got various errors and no root.
Tried video link for tips
and noticed that I had missed this step:
Unlock your device, a Terminal will show now, type this 2 lines, after each line press ENTER
Installing Google apps using these tips:
Got GO Launcher and Nova Launcher working by using Titanium Backup to convert them to system apps.