[TUTORIAL] HOW TO FLASH STOCK ROMs WITH FLASHTOOL

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shadowboy23

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I would like to thank Androxyde for the FlashTool!!​

***BEFORE YOU FOLLOW THIS TUTORIAL MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE INSTALLED SONY PC COMPANION ON YOUR PC***​

HOW TO FLASH STOCK FIRMWARE (.FTF/ROM) ON YOUR XPERIA Z


1: First of all you need to make sure you download the LATEST Flashtool from here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2162907
If it is your first time for your phone on the PC, install the flashmode driver, and then get the HW detection to work. Eg, install the driver, then turn off your phone, and then hold down the Down volume button and plug it in – windows will then go into hw detection and install the driver for the phone. It will try to check online, so skip that, and it will install the proper driver you just locally installed.​
Thanks to Mobe1969 from the Whirlpool forum
NOTE: Been seeing people having problems flashing stock .253 based ROMs. Thanks to gm007 for suggesting to use the beta4 version of FlashTool if flashing stock .253 ROMs. You can download beta4 version from here http://goo.im/devs/jerdog/sony

Install Flashtool and install the drivers for the XZ Please see picture below:
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2: Once installation is complete, navigate to the folder where FlashTool is installed as shown in the picture below
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2a: This is optional if you want to create a shortcut to the desktop
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3: Now install the driver for the Xperia Z. The driver installer can be found in the FlashTool folder See pictures below:
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4: Now for Flashing your Xperia Z. You will need to download the STOCK .ftf (firmware/ROM) and place it in the firmware folder located in the flashtool folder
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Here are a list of UNBRANDED .434 ROMs I could find:
UNBRANDED STOCK .434 ROMs
Australia Stock .434 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2209281
German Stock .434 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2216743
Greek Stock .434 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2275794
Hong Kong Stock .434 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2201801
India Stock .434 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2212694
Netherlands Stock .434 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2200945
Singapore Stock .434 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2233312
UK Stock .434 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2221475

Here's a list of UNBRANDED .253 ROMs I could find:
Australia Stock .253 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2280329
Global Stock .253 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2283170
India Stock .253 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2278993
Netherlands Stock .253 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2200945
Sweden Stock .253 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2282728


5: Now for flashing. Run the FlashTool app. Make sure that it's in "Flashmode" and click "Ok"
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6: This window should show up. Please select the ROM you are gonna flash. And follow the prompts
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**NOTE** Please FOLLOW the prompts! The picture below says:
1:Unplug your device from your PC
2:Power OFF the device (Turn your phone OFF)
3:Hold down the VOLUME DOWN button
4:While holding the VOLUME DOWN button plug your phone back to your PC
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The process should look like this. Please wait until it is finished See pictures below:
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And that is it, you are all done. Power up your Xperia Z and enjoy your new stock ROM

PART 2: Driver installation in Windows 8

Okay since people are having trouble installing drivers for the Xperia Z in Windows 8. I made a tutorial on how to install the Xperia Z driver using the FlashTool in Windows 8.

As shown in the picture below when you try to install the drivers for the Xperia Z in Windows 8 for the first time this is what happens:
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As you can see the drivers didn't install:
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So here are the steps to install the drivers:

Step 1: Go to "Settings" (if you don't know how to do this, place your mouse pointer in the upper right corner or bottom right corner of your screen and the sidebar should pop out as shown in the picture below):
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Step 2: Click on "Change PC settings" as shown in the picture below:
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Step 3: When you get to this screen, scroll down to "Advanced start-up" and click the "Restart now" tab. See picture below:
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Step 4: When your PC restarts and goes to this screen click on "Troubleshoot" as shown in the picture below:
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Step 5: Now click on "Advanced options" as shown in the picture below:
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Step 6: Now click on "Start-up Settings" as shown in the picture below:
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Step 7: When you get to this screen, click on the "Restart" tab as shown in the picture below:
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Step 8: Okay when you get to this screen just hit the "F7" on your keyboard:
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Step 9: Now go and reinstall the driver for the Xperia Z. When you get this pop-up window, please select "Install this driver software anyway" as shown in the picture below:
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The process will look like this:
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As you can see in the last picture that the drivers are now installed.

I hope that helps out people who are new to flashing the Xperia Z
 
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abd_alazeez2002

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I think you should add why we need flashing, as some ppl might ask what to do if we got a boot loop.

Other than that, this tutorial is great
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shadowboy23

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Nice & tidy :good: bookmarked
Maybe a link to unbranded ROM download in point 4. Or are they country specific?

Well the stock ROMs are all over the place. Some are in the Android development thread and some in general thread. So people will have find the what stock ROM they want.
 
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KP_

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Great tutorial, you have my thanks :good:

Now a bit off topic if I may: having a carrier branded phone, if i flash one of the generic ROMs does it mean that:
1. I'll get rid of all the carrier bloatware?
2. My updates won't be conditioned by the carrier anymore (as in I will get my updates whenever the region the FTF is from gets them)?

My apologies if this has been clarified somewhere else (I couldn't find any definitive answers)
 
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shadowboy23

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Great tutorial, you have my thanks :good:

Now a bit off topic if I may: having a carrier branded phone, if i flash one of the generic ROMs does it mean that:
1. I'll get rid of all the carrier bloatware?
2. My updates won't be conditioned by the carrier anymore (as in I will get my updates whenever the region the FTF is from gets them)?

My apologies if this has been clarified somewhere else (I couldn't find any definitive answers)

Hi, yes if you flash any stock ROM you will get rid of the carrier branding and any bloatware.
 
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shadowboy23

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I have the attached problem, Can any one help?

Okay I will try my best.

Is your XZ stock? I meant unrooted.
Is everything stock?
Bootloader locked?
Are the drivers installed?
Did you turn the phone OFF and connect the USB cable while holding down the volume DOWN button?

EDIT:
Looks like your device is not recognised as you can see in the picture below:
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Look at this picture below:
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Androxyde

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I have the attached problem, Can any one help?

Use beta5 from here , and apply update to beta6 from here. With previous beta, loader was not included in the FTF, in such case, loader is deducted from phone infos. In your case, your phone infos are not present.

loader is selected with this priority list : first ftf bundle then phone infos.

in beta6, I added a fallback to device list user input to select the right device manually and such the right loader.
 
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skywalker1970

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Use beta5 from here , and apply update to beta6 from here. With previous beta, loader was not included in the FTF, in such case, loader is deducted from phone infos. In your case, your phone infos are not present.

loader is selected with this priority list : first ftf bundle then phone infos.

in beta6, I added a fallback to device list user input to select the right device manually and such the right loader.

Thanks, it worked.

---------- Post added at 02:23 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:21 PM ----------

Okay I will try my best.


Thanks for your help. Appreciate it.
 

23Six

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I have always used stock ROMs and I can do screen capture on my XZ.
Yeah, I think I may have corrupted some system data or changed permissions down the line because I was able to capture 4-5 days ago. No biggie.

Flashing...

---------- Post added at 06:14 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:54 PM ----------

Yeah, I think I may have corrupted some system data or changed permissions down the line because I was able to capture 4-5 days ago. No biggie.

Flashing...
Edit: screen captures working like normal again :good:
 
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    Dear xda,

    Need to install flashtool (and fastboot) on my new windows 8 pc,
    after doing step 7 it restarts or power off.
    what can I do?

    I have a new medion i7 pc.

    Comeback after one hour cause we need to read your quote first.

    Sent from my Full Android on C6603 using xda premium
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    same problem here trying to flash C6603_GLOBAL-LTE_10.1.1.A.1.253_10.1.1.A.1.253.ftf

    I FOUND IT!

    "tick TA box on Exclude in flashtool, it's going to work"

    It is!!! the new .253 is awesome!
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    I have the attached problem, Can any one help?

    Use beta5 from here , and apply update to beta6 from here. With previous beta, loader was not included in the FTF, in such case, loader is deducted from phone infos. In your case, your phone infos are not present.

    loader is selected with this priority list : first ftf bundle then phone infos.

    in beta6, I added a fallback to device list user input to select the right device manually and such the right loader.
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    Good work,just add tutorial in the title.

    Sent from my C6603 using xda premium
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    Nice & tidy :good: bookmarked
    Maybe a link to unbranded ROM download in point 4. Or are they country specific?
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