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Edit an existing HTC Rom file

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OK I have been reading about making a custom rom file for an HTC Phone. Reason: I am about to deploy 400+ units to our company. Problem.: they are loaded with crud and slow. So I am looking to remove all of the crud that we don’t need on the unit and reflash the roms with the updated / cleaned software. This appears to be a fairly simple statement but very complicated. I have an official rom and several softwares but cannot seem to get them to work correctly. is there an official editor or how is that accomplished?
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by:rogerard
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Go see http://forum.xda-developers.com.  Find the phone of you have and then browse that section of the forum on how to reflash your phones, and then choose from one of the many versions the chefs there have created.  Good Luck!
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by:Wdntulk2no-
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Just to clarify, I dont want to download someone elses rom. I have an official release rom here that i have access to. I need to strip it down and rebuild it. I cannot deploy a rom that may or may not contain mal-ware into my environment. The only way to be 100% sure would be to do it myself from the start.
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It is a fairly intensive task, but there are step-by-step tutorials on how to set up your own "Kitchen" for cooking your own ROM on the respective forums.   The alternative would be to download a stripped-down version that has had all the bloat-ware removed.  Good Luck!

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Lovely, does anyone know of a "Kitchen" for normal people? It’s unfair that I have to spend hours of time modifying something that we should just be able to purchase a software for.
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by:rogerard
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Some of the Chefs have made their custom kitchens available for modification, with instructions on how to use it.  I can't recommend a stripped down kitchen without know which HTC phone you're wanting to flash.  Although, as far as I'm aware, from reading posts on that site for the last couple years, this is the only method of changing the default firmware on the phones.  
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I think for today it will end up bing the Touch Pro 2 by HTC
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by:rogerard
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Also, keep in mind, that once you flash a new version, the warranty will be void.  You will have to make sure to understand how to restore the phone back to factory defaults if something happens to it.  Good luck.
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Here is the forum section dedicated to the Rhodium (Touch Pro 2): http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=479.  You will be able to find answers to just about any question you have by searching there.  If you can't find the answer, just post the question and the members are pretty good at helping you get the answer you need.  

While there, compiling the information below, I found this application for the Rhodium that may suit your needs, called Crud Scraper:  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=587637

If that's not what you want, then here are some links for some other information you'll definately need for creating and flashing your own Custom ROMs:
Kitchen Thread - how to dump exising ROM and modify: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=555437
Flashing your first ROM:  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=550540
HardSPL - necessary to flash non-oem ROM:  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=550131
Updated Radios (for better GPS, Signal battery life, etc) - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=549939

Good luck!
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by:Wdntulk2no-
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Although this was exactly what I was looking for, it was helpful however. I am sure it would lead to a conclusion or a solution but it would take more hours than I have to get into.

Thanks for working with me on it.
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