How To Root HTC Desire With Bootloader 0.75 Or Below

HTC Desire is one of those smart phones released by HTC which includes the beautiful HTC Sense UI. Running on Android OS, HTC Desire is a bit similar to Nexus One, and already a custom HTC Desire ROM has been cooked for the Google phone. Paul of Android Modaco Forum has given a complete rooting guide for HTC Desire. Here are the complete steps to root HTC Desire:

This guide lets you root only root HTC Desire which has a bootloader version of 0.75 or below.

How to check bootloader version of HTC Desire:

Switch off the device. Turn it on by holding the ‘back’ key. You should be able to see the text ‘HBOOT’, and a version number besides it. This number is the bootloader version.

What the root can and cannot do:

While the rooting process given by the Modaco team lets you flash your device with a 1.15.405.04 based ROM that gives you super user access and also allows you to enter the flash update zips in the future, it does not however allow you have write access to the /system partition or flash with a custom recovery image holding down the volume button while powering.

What you need:

Apart from a HTC Desire and a Computer, you need a microSD card, microUSB cable, and the ISO image file.

Download HTC Desire Root ISO Image Part 1

Download HTC Desire Root ISO Image Part 2

Combine the two parts of the ISO image using HJSplit, before you proceed with the following steps.

How to root HTC Desire

1. Convert your microSD card into a gold card by following the instructions here.

2. Burn the ISO image to a bootable CD and boot your PC from it. Or use a virtualization software such as VMWare Player.

3. When prompted to load Linux, press Enter and click the monitor icon at the bottom of the screen to open a terminal window.

4. Turn off your HTC Desire. Turn it back on by holding down the ‘back’ button.

5. When you see ‘FASTBOOT’ on the Desire screen, connect it to your Computer and enter the following commands in the terminal window:

sudo mkdir /mnt/cdrom
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
cd /mnt/cdrom/root
sudo ./

6. Now navigate to ‘BOOTLOADER’ using the optical trackball.

7. Go to ‘RECOVERY’ option on the menu using the volume buttons, and select this option using the Power button.

8. In the terminal window enter the command:

sudo ./

Now your device should be at the ‘recovery’ screen. First select the ‘wipe’ option, and then the option to apply  zip update from sdcard. Choose ‘’ and your phone will be flashed. It may take a while to complete the process. Once it is done, reboot your phone and you should have a fully rooted HTC Desire.

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18 Responses

  1. svyat says:

    Does this upgrade the bootloader to 0.80 or will it stay on 0.75?

  2. coolfx35 says:

    I’ve got my HTC Desire recently, I used to using the Nokia X5800. Moving from Symbian to the Android platform is day and night difference. That shows how far behind Nokia is in this game!

    I’m very happy getting the Desire machine but the battery power is something a pain, since I’m using the machine all the time for E-Mail and surfing the Net. Single Battery can’t last more then 6 hrs. I believe this is something that HTC need to improve on the battery consumption!

    I just can’t wait to get upgraded to the new 2.2 FroYo hopefully in the next few weeks!

    btw, I share some tricks on hope it helps.

    • Scotsgadgetaddict says:

      I just did almost exactly the same!!! Upgraded from my Nokia X6 (32Gb Comes With Music) and totally agree with the battery life, considering an extended battery, but dont wanna make my phone thicker… Got the Froyo now though, I’m waiting til Gingerbread (2.3) is released…. But its looking like im gonna be waiting a few more months for that 🙁

  3. Sam says:

    I got as far as selecting “RECOVERY”. When I did the screen I typically see when turning on the phone appears. (A “Telstra” image). After a few seconds it changes into this black screen with what looks a phone, or possibly a battery appears with a big red triangle next to it and an exclamation mark. (Battery is > 90% charged). If i try and run step 2 next i get a lot of messages about the device not being found. I can progress no further, my phone still functions though… with the damn annoying Telstra branding all over it.

  4. Bought a brand-new Desire about a month ago as a company phone however am very disappointed , firstly i would have about 900 contacts on my prior XDA and was able to view by organisation or personal, not so on Desire only by personal which is of no use especially with no search option either. Android 2.2 is supposed to have search facility however not different view option launch date seems to differ each time . Battery pretty good approx 18 hrs medium usage. Bluetooth poor, paired with parrott car kit ok for day or so however won’t connect even by unpairing and pairing new, same problem with wireless bluetooth headset……..any ideas

    • AdelphiA says:

      Apologies, I put this as a separate post initially…

      Why can’t you view by category? I have my medical, work (different OUs at that), family, friends and I can see tham all or as per category. I can also search for individuals using the search button. Both these facilites are available, by default, using the People program/widget.

  5. Jan says:


    Will rooting the HTC desire make it work on any network?


  6. Raju says:

    Good write up, but there’s a much easier way of rooting now the HTC Desire, it’s called “one click root”by Unrevoked and there’s a really good guide here on how to do it

  7. Rajon says:


    Will this process unlock a htc desire ph from a particular network?


  8. Sammy D says:

    As far as I know the HTC desire is not locked to any specific network, unless you mean unlocking from the network that you bought the phone through. Check this link for more info: (
    Hope that helps!
    Sammy D
    [Link moderated]

  9. woldo says:

    will rooting delete installed apps like AL moazen ? i bought this Desire that comes with annoying al moazen app that wont delete or stop !!! i am so disappointed in HTC . really I regret my choice .

  10. justin says:

    What exactly does rooting this phone give u? What does it allow u to do? I have a brand new HTC desire that came from TELUS locked. It’s been unlocked and runs km my rogers account perfect. It has the 2.2 on it and still has battery issues. But other then that I have jk other complaints. Over all this is the best android phone ive used. I used to have a don’t xperia x10. A serious piece of crap. If someone could explain the rooting andc or any suggestions about battery issues I’d appreciate it. Thanks.

  11. The Desire to ROOT says:

    I just switched from Nokia 5800 to HTC Desire about a months ago and I just forund out about this rooting and custom rom thingy today. I read pretty good things about like “full control”, Overclocking,performance and battery life boosts… Btw, I think the HTC Desire is the BEST PHONE IN THE UNIVERSE, so far, no bad xp’s at all. Is it really worht it to root the Desire though? Cuz I also read that it could brick, compromise it and I can’t really concieve anything better than this lol (android 2.2 btw…).

  12. Angel_kay_857 says:

    how do you turn it on?!

  13. Angel_kay_857 says:

    how do you turn it on?!