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I'm trying to gain root access to my HTC Thunderbolt (side note: quite possibly the very worst smartphone I've ever laid my hands on). I don't want to reset the phone or lose any of my data.

I'm following the instructions in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UK_CiB2SYk

Video recommends using the Revolutionary tool (http://revolutionary.io/)
Downloaded the HTC fastboot drivers.
When I run the Revolutionary.exe I enter in the beta key and the program says:
Zerging Root... this might take a minute or so...

Then it fails w/ this error message:
Failed to get Root! :(
Press (almost) any key to exit.

This is on an HP laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium (SP1).
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This link explains how to get Revolutionary working on Thunderbolt:
http://www.thunderboltforums.com/forum/htc-thunderbolt-development/7743-tool-bypass-downgrade-get-s-off-no-data-wipe-13.html

Normally you'd have to downgrade your Android first, which would entail data loss. But the file referenced in this link allows you to avoid all that.

My Thunderbolt is now rooted.
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cool, Congrats


 i have an samsung, galaxy s1,2 and 3 so this is not much differnet but still not identical. I suggest you also do an image copy of the phone and store for backup in case something goes terribly wrong
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How would I make an image copy of the phone's current state?
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Mine is the correct solution.
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