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Windows Phone Internals finally opens the door for custom Lumia ROMs

Windows Phone has a very ironic history. Back in the mid-2000s it was the operating system for hackers, tinkerers and those looking to push the boundaries of mobile computing. Even I got my start making custom ROMs on Windows Mobile Treos.

Fast forward by a decade and now it is Android that serves that role with Windows Phone taking a place closer to the iPhone as opposed to an 'open sourced' OS.

Tonight, some of that may change. XDA hacker and all around mobile guru Heathcliff has announced the availability of his new suite of tools dubbed Windows Phone Internals 1.0. The new software has been under development for many months now and lets higher-end hobbyists "unlock the bootloader of selected Lumia Windows Phone models. After unlocking the bootloader, you can enable Root Access on the phone or create and flash Custom ROM's."

The software supports "most versions of Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile", which is very interesting.

All in all, there is not much else to say except that this software for the first time opens the doors to Windows Phone custom ROM development. Although such practices fall outside the purview of many regular customers, arguably it is the hackers and programmers who push the boundaries of OS development. Attracting this crowd to Windows Phone again could give a nice shot in the arm to what is an OS constantly trying to find its place in the world. Indeed, it is only because Android is so hackable that it has managed to find its niche, and now that spotlight can come to Windows Phone too.

Heathcliff has posted two videos where he describes how the tools work. The platform merely sets the stage for more custom ROM development and work, meaning there is not much to see yet.

Now that these tools are available to anyone, we should start to see more advances in customs ROMs and pushing the core of the Windows 10 OS to its boundaries. That alone should be very interesting. Whereas Android is just a mobile OS, the kernel underlying Windows 10 Mobile is potentially much more powerful.

Head to WPInternals.net to read more about the tools and check out the videos above to get an idea of what is in store. Windows Central will be following the progress of Windows Phone Internals, so stay tuned.

Small warning: The tools presented here should only be used by those who understand the underlying architecture of Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile. Using them unsupervised could result in damaged and unrecoverable phones, so please be careful.

Source: WPInternals.net; Windows Phone Internals download

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

217 Comments
  • This is some very good news! I've been waiting for something like this since my days with the Lumia 900 :D
  • Yup. We have had cracks before in the foundation, but this looks to be everything: not only the ability to do it, but the full tool suite to put it all together. Impressive work.
  • I won't exaggerate and say that this is what will cause a booming in WP's market share, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. "Hacks" and custom ROMs create a solid base for more traction into an ecosystem, and we all know that WP can't have enough of that.
  • Frankly, the way MS has been behaving lately can't you imagine seeing them embracing this? I could. Will be interesting to see how the react.
  • Maybe, but I could just as easily as them working to block it.
  • If Microsoft decides to take action and attempt to block, they would just be digging their own graves. This would in fact help Microsoft and Windows Phone a lot.
  • I don't think so
  • And why do you not think so?
  • Well it seems the fear that they had of people being able to flash Android has now come
  • Good help us, they might actually start a Marketing campaign for it, and that would sink it for sure!
  • :rofl:
  • Maybe these are two different things, but as long as I remember, Cheveron was not very welcomed by MS.
  • True, but when Chevron was released Microsoft was still struggling to get mobile operators to give WP a second thought, and was trying as hard as they could to play by their rules. It looks like they are moving toward a "screw it, we really have nothing left to lose" attitude, and are trying to take control back from the MOs. So as long as this doesn't undermine the Windows ecosystem in some way, I suspect Microsoft won't care.
  • Could this mean variation in the OS experience, like the manufacturer skins we see in android?
  • This would only be done by individual users, as manufacturers would have to get MS' permission for any OS changes. It opens the way for WP users to make changes to their phones and share custom software which could enhance people's experience. But you'd have to take the time to customize your own phone.
  • THEMES!!! FOR GOD SAKE I HOPE THIS BRINGS THEMES TO THE OS EXPERIENCE!!!
  • Daniel, do you like 950? honestly! I'm dissapointed. A lot! Design not good FOR MY TASTE, camera samples looks not better than competition, windows 10m still not developed, iris scanner not useful as fingerprint sensor....
  • Perhaps you should comment in the review of that phone!!!!!
  • Good for you as your in rareity, most welcome the new lumias
  • Most from windows society, but not all. And reading between the lines, those who like it are also not impressed by the camera and the design. Otherwise youtube will be FULL with videos from "new best" camera.Noone from Android or iOS will jump to windows because of 950's.  
  • The camera is fantastic... But W10M is just bad.
  • upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart
  • Does it mean that now there can be different windows phone launchers??
  • I want a Windows 10 mobile launcher for Android!!!
  • Am pretty sure there will be no traction, but really slight and not helpfull...why? Well, 90% of android users could very well use windows phone and they will still "loose their ears" in this OS. They don't buy windows, cause they are adveised how great Samsung and android are, everywhere they go to buy a phone. I can dare to say that more then 50% of android users are children. So.... This won't help to much.
  • In the Android hacking community everyone knows that they should stay away from Samsung. Users could root and ROM to get away from touchwiz but they are also advised to stay away from phones with locked boot loaders and Knox. The Galaxy series just happens to be extremely popular so it gets a lot of attention which results in the phone being hacked, but if it so happens that Sammy comes up with an airtight device they'll just say, "We told you so". But to say it again, they normally advise members of the community to stay away from Samsung because of Knox and the same goes for other devices with locked bootloaders. Most of the guys that are on the ROM scene will have either a Nexus, One plus or Motorola device; anything vanilla or close to vanilla. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • HTC was fairly common on XDA too since HTC provides away to Unlock the bootloader and even sells a version that had it unlocked (dev phones). It's why I went android was to pay with ROM hacking, just go figure that big red told htc to not let Verizon models to be unlocked... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • 83% of worlds mobile users run android. You say 50% of these are children? So adults doesnt use smartphones that much? :)
    Rethink, do it correct.
  • He meant people who have no idea what rooting or unlocking means.....
  • Most people don't even buy android they don't even know what that is. They buy a Samsung etc...
  • so we can basically create custom ROMs and deploy them? thats good, but since android is open source they can tinker around freely, adding stuff, but win 10 is not open source right? so how different are the custom ROMs going to be from the stock experience?
  • Assume Win 10 rom would be fiddling with settings, files and scripts without being able to do anything to the base code. So I think instead of cyanogen (toxic gas), you just get methane (mild fart gas)
  • Lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Maybe it can be like the good old days. Try to see if you can find old threads on the touch pro 2 to see what it could be like. Things were so great back then that you could run different operating systems on those devices. They even saw Android ports. I truly do wonder what a custom Windows Phone ROM will look like. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • listen buddy! i own a nokia x . android and its lagging os keeps me irritated . is it possible to use this tool to create a custom rom of wp8 or something for my nokia x.? can you tell me how can i do it ?
  • So...what MORE now we can do through it.? I am really curious to know...what exactly is for the benefits of end consumer?
  • How about enabling features that were used to be locked in the OS level? Like call recording on WP8.1? Of course also this has the potential of enabling software piracy...
  • Call recording is here in win 10 mobile already.
  • What? How do you get to work it? I couldn't find it at all.
  • I know, that's why I explicitly indicated "call recording for WP8.1" :)
  • Or even the whole system hacking and making unsafe so bye bye the most safe OS
  • You don't have to hack it... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • More security threats
  • At first it would be colors skins etc.
    The ability to uninstall any app.
  • Time to fry my old Lumias lying here and there.....
  • As adamant as the site was about the leaked project Astoria, I am really surprised to see this mentioned. These tools sound like they could be far more dangerous.
  • It's not about "danger", which to be honest, is not much of my concern. You fry your device that is on you. The Astoria thing was about piracy. You do not have permission to take an Android app from a developer and distribute it and flash it to your phone. Nuance is important. While custom ROMs are definitely a grey area I am much more comfortable working with Microsoft's OS and the grey area there than some indie devs app. If Microsoft has a problem with us hacking their OS they can pick up the phone and call me. Indie devs working paycheck to paycheck rarely have that ability.
  • You go Daniel!
  • Thanks for clarification. Though it seems piracy could be end result of this too. Very interesting.
  • There is a number of concerns with this Daniel, it was inevitable that this would be done but up until now pulling data from a device was hard for digital forensics (they had to read I think 28 partitions to get to the data and even then it was fragmented). This will also open up the devices for hackers to find vulnerabilities amongst other the grey area work of ROMs.  The other fact you're bypassing the signed bootloader and potentially then flashing a unsigned image will create a similar problem as to what Android faces, and the other concern is will BitLocker actually work. Piracy is a concern, but in light of the other problems relatively minor. So yes, it's good for those who want to extend their phones but for the rest of use it's a concern as it's likely using a vulnerability as much as iOS hacks are to get around the secuirty of the device. I doubt MS is going to sit around and let this happen, but they've done surprising things before.
  • Oh absolutely and we'll heed caution when/if reporting on those developments. It's not different than download a custom ISO or an alleged 'official' ISO of Insider builds.
  • @Daniel
    Totally agreed.
  • Wow - new journey of hack started
  • Win 32 please.
  • Not sure if troll, or stupid
  • We know Intel based devices are coming. If MS doesn't open it up, others can.
  • Tat would require intel chips
  • Can't wait to see what the community has in store for this
  • Me too. My HTC 8525 (I think?) was totally unusable without a ROM I got from one of the XDA devs back in the day.
  • Brings back memories of windows mobile... Great times and the hacks were fun to customize the phone.
  • You know... We are back in "Windows Mobile" again with 10 ;)
  • Let's be honest, when you opened this site today you didn't see THIS coming lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Never even thought :D
  • Well many of us got to know about it before opening the site... Thanks to push notifications :P
  • I was hoping for more lumia 950 pieces tbh lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Nice. Unlocking bootloader opens potential to loading Android on our phones and vice versa. Maybe now somebody will be able to put WP(M) on Android Htc M8. Open more color choices. Bigger tiles. Interactive tiles. Maybe somebody will now push things we wanted for years to come. EDIT: Brace yourselves, poopstorm about Android is coming :D
  • Yesss :D microsoft had enough time to do that. They did not. #DoItYourself
  • Lol! "Reinvented around you" coming to life :D
  • Exploding tiles :)
  • I'd rather not ruin my Lumia with Android. but to each their own
  • Amen
  • If this will bring us the option to load W10M on Android devices.. I can care less about the piracy.. Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Edge running W10M with notification tiles on the edge screen would be super cool ... This is interesting..
    MS should fund this team :D
  • This is about hacking WP phones, not the Android phones. Reverse process is it. :)
  • Being able to hack WP and creating deep understanding of how the ROMs work and being able to download them, will likely also help to get them installed on other devices as well. I'm hoping for the next HTC HD2, the magical device that could run them all :)
  • Customs ROMs might heat things up for windows mobile platform for sure. Windows got the upper hand since it has a desktop OS too...
  • I have a bad feeling about this.. W10M doesn't need to be like this.. MS is focusing on enterprise users for W10M and they are not gonna like this for sure.. I would be happy to have a secure OS than extremely customizable OS ... I know, No one is forcing this upon regular users.. But sounds like a bad reputation for the OS... May be I'm wrong.. Time will tell
    .
    Update: Seems like Daniel is right.. This has nothing to do with the OS security.. But could be a headache for developers with paid apps in hand ... But good news for crazy WP fans .. ;)
  • Why wouldn't they like this? You have to have access TO the phone to unlock then flash it. If you don't run this software on the phone, there is nothing to be concerned about (much like windows on desktop PCs.). I think you don't quite understand what's happening here.
  • Υou are sooooooooo WRONG
  • Cant wait to give my 1520 a costum ux hehe ^^ real life has ended again.... This month really keeps holding me back lol
  • 1520 isn't supported yet.
  • No?... Dang it..
  • My feeling are on par with you Bertram... Hopefully we won't be waiting too long
  • is MS-DOS Mobile really a thing?  It would really be interesting to run a command line interface on a phone. Lol.
  • It's a joke app
  • It was an April fools day joke
  • That was an April fools's joke MS did this year, but figured it was an apropos image to recycle. Plus it's 2am.
  • A little late to be thawing the turkey! Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Check out "MS-DOS Mobile" door Windows Phone: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=8573c4a8-b9df-4409-90a6-dad2dc0b6b26
  • MS-DOS app was a Microsoft April fools day release, a lot of big companies like to have a little bit of fun for April fools day.
  • Oooh how many ROMs I've played with during the old Windows Mobile days... Great great memories
    Basically Insiders on steroids!!
  • So now we are even more android like. Sigh.....i guess whatever makes it more appealing.
  • What's bad about having fun with the OS. You don't have to hack the phone. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Android wasn't the first nor the last to have this ability... Windows is being more like old Windows, or basically every other major mobile OS in existence. You not really aware of Old WinMo?? Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • Welcome back Heathcliff!
  • Thanks! Good to be back :-)
  • @Heathcliff74 Stunning achievement and beautifully designed.  Well done!  I can hardly wait to mess around with this.  So glad this came out over this Holiday season--more time to tinker!
  • Is that a suicide note......
  • Good news or bad news? People can always use devices like Rasberry Pi. Why do this?
  • What the hell does a Raspberry Pi have to do with Windows Mobiles?!
  • This is gonna be very interesting. I'm really curious what kind of custom ROMs developers will make for Windows Phones. I think an Android-based ROM will be a possibility too! Awesome!
  • Ew android based roms lol
  • How old r u... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • All I said is that it's a possibility. Some people might want it.
  • used to cook a ton of custom ROMs for the HTC Universal back in my day 8)
  • Yay good news for me
  • Maybe someone can use the tools to make a custom ROM that eliminates that annoying "Permanent hearing loss may occur" lowering of the volume.
  • Lol. Seriously. I know the risks, don't turn my tunes down!
  • Yes!!!!!! That is a continuous annoyance on portable speakers that need a high phone volume to get a medium speaker volume.
  • Right!... I hate that!
  • This x 10000000
  • One that says "Let's turn that shize up to 11"
  • Sadly thats a Lumia problem
  • Still don't see the point of Custom ROMS and "hacks" for the WP. The platform is good as it is.
  • No, its decent.
  • Decent and secure, so way superior than the other 2
  • It's for playing around with an old phone that would otherwise be only taking up drawer space, mostly. If you hit upon something good, you may even install it on your daily driver.
  • Doesn't this open the door for crackers to create viruses/steal data stored on Windows Phones? (honest question, I don't know)
  • Kind of yes. It is already possible with interop unlock to install "malicious" app, but it require user to unlock his phone which is not easy for BFU. But its not like you download app from store and it will steal data, you need to do "dev" installation of this malicious app.
  • Sure, but that's a risk taken to intentionally open up a phone to customize it. So few people actually do it, that few people bother spending the time and effort to attack those devices anyway.
  • oddly, what it might do is create an avenue to make the phone far more secure.   As a quick example, I have a Blackphone 2 here somewhere.  That treats the baseband of the SoC (ie, the radios etc) as a hostile router and encrypts all data submitted to it.  This is the kind of enhancement we might see in a well-cooked WM ROM.  
  • Yes, it does. I explicitly warn for those risks in the tool. For now i suggest you use this on test-devices; not on daily-use devices. This is all too new right now. Later on, the tool may develop into something that will be open AND secure. It's the same as WP7 Root Tools. Early versions would just create Root Access. Later versions added a Policy Editor for apps. I hope this will be devoped. My aim was to open up the system. Now others can research and develop too.
  • ^ , and that restart your phone when entering wrong pin to often... 30sec phone lock saves battery much better
  • Dual boot android would be cool, or even make a hybrid windows/android rom or even make it where we can run bluestacks
  • Hybrid is not possible as Android is based on Linux and Windows Mobile on Windows NT. It's like combining a banana with a strawberry. Also bluestacks is a WIN32 program, that is not able to run on ARM devices without huge performance loss, virtualization and recoding of the OS.
  • Actually the builds that had Astoria ran Android in Hyper-V on phones...
  • Why would dual booting be impossible? I remember doing that on my HTC HD2. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • No one said dual booting is impossible
  • A banana and a strawberry can most definitely be combined, and has. On a plate, in bubblegum, ice cream, the lab.
  • Please Hack the NOKIA 2520 to run Windows 8.1 or better yet Windows 10 Mobile! Very capable hardware with a software deficiency... Bravo to those developers to take this challenge...
  • +Surface 2
  • Dont know if you could run 8.1 on arm. I think arch Linux could work though. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So is this like CyanogenMod where the phone could be "rooted" like android? Wasn't MS involved with them earlier this year? Fascinating!
  • Don't think so. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So its possible in the future for windows to finally look a bit different on other phones?
  • Not out of the box, no. But users could potentially install software on their own to change to look and feel.
  • LoL. I can hear the guys from the video is from The Netherland. Typical Dutch English
  • I know my english isn't great. But who cares :-P
  • At least WP is getting much more attention than Blackberry;)
  • This is great news!! I don't mind using a custom rom on my phone!! This is going to open tons of new stuff for windows phone. Hacking or whatever im down with it!!
  • They NEED to include the Ativ SE on this...NEED!!!
  • Can i have android ui using this..?
  • *facepalm*
  • Once it's seen as a geeky os, they will come.
  • I like you Windows central fanboys. Always optimistic.
  • Lmao.. i almost choked laughing at this comment. Lol
  • Doesnt get much more "geeky" than Android. Besides, Maemo was ultra geeky by not many showed up. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • No they won't
  • Still hoping for a Cydia-like app/framework that could modify the OS
  • Hopefully someone will do a better job than the current mobile team? And yes Windows 10 mobile is a shitty name for an OS!
  • It's Windows 10... For mobile devices. What would you call it?
  • Getting started is very scary to read :O
  • The best thing about custom roms is that all the cool stuff hidden in the system that we never see are all open like OTG, quick charge and even a lite version of continuum for older but powerful devices. "1520, icon/930" I don't think Microsoft will be to happy.
  • I used to use custom ROMs on my HTC Touch HD all the time, but I just got sick of every one I used having something major wrong with it in some way. One even caused the ringer to not sound at all if I had Opera Mini installed - I mean, what!? My point is, yes it's fun to tinker and all, but it's just so much of a hassle to get a phone to work properly, you may as well just use the official package.
  • Says u Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Pretty excited...hope to flash some custom roms
  • Would this enable installation of Android or CyanogenMod? Posted from my Moto X Pure Edition via the Windows Central App for Android
  • omg at last...iam going to root and install custom rom on my 1020 and 730 in future.
  • wow! what a dream come true! let's see what windows 10 mobile has for us. Let's push it to the limit
  • make it run any os like HTC HD2
  • The future is near, people will start flashing android OS if they dont like windows OS
  • Which sounds great in theory, but there would be no firmware support so most of the things wouldn't work optimally (if at all).
  • I think that are doing this because Microsoft it's at lost of what can do with Windows 10 mobile, still being terrible in the series 20 of Lumia so now wants that hackers finish the unfinished work that already Microsoft don't know how to finish to give us an descent add robust OS to pair against IOS and Android 6 besides that I think this move is more a problem when start to create viruses to Windows mobile we should recall is NT core so could a computer virus modified affect it if were a way to make it happen so good bye to the most safe operative system of the world for mobiles, thanks Microsoft for ruin a great thing!!!!
  • Umm, no. They are doing this because this is WHAT the guys at xda do!
  • Can this tool bring WP7 devices being upgrade to W10M?
  • I was thinking of the htc hd2 resurrection
  • This is beyond amazing. The sooner the better.
  • Hmm, one of the reasons I'm leaving android is that you always end up having to mess with roms and configuring everything, to make it run right.
    I hope we won't end up in the same situation..
  • Oh course you don't have to mess up. You're fine with the vanilla ROM? Great. Nobody will force you to install a custom ROM.
  • I don't understand what he's going on about at all. The people who hate this idea makes it sound as if someone is holding a gun to their heads while screaming, "HACK NOW, MAKE LIKE ANDROID!". Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I never said that, but if the modding community ends up with a rom with more features than MS's stock one, I'd feel annoyed at the whole situation.
  • Or if Microsoft stop of do efforts in the platform because will have lot of hackers doing things with the ROM then why Microsoft will care of bring up new things I already think in this like an wreck to windows phone but well who cares if in my country windows mobile is death Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well, you more or less have to if you want it to run well in android... But maybe my opinion of android is colored by only having Sony phones :S
  • That makes absolutely no sense. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Can't wait to put the old HTC Flip Clock on my Widows Mobile again. Give me a modified Start Screen with that on top - full width - and I'll be a happy Flashwhore again!
  • At this point, tools like this can only help to attract new users. I only hope it won t help piracy..
  • This is cool! May use my 925 once I get a 950 to do this.
  • same
  • Oh the days of reading the posts by Jaxbot and Heathcliff on WindowsPhoneHacker...saved many who didn't get updates due to carries blocking them. (7eighter)
  • But we need another tool to fix Lumia phones if it was bricked by cooked ROMs !!! ... Am i right??!
  • The Windows Phone Recovery Tool?
  • The tool is full of warnings to help you NOT brick your phone. Once unlocking is done, you can flash custom rom's as often as you want. The Custom ROM format i created only contains the three main partitions. If you screw up a Custom ROM, your bootloader will not be touched. You can always flash a better ROM or stock ROM, or restore a backup.
  • Heathcliff the cat or Heathcliff Huxtable...
  • The cat :-P
  • Heh, thanks.
  • I thought Windows 10 was a secure platform. How is he able to get root access?!
  • Yeah.. what can I say.... :-D
  • That you found something Microsft overlooked or is build-in as a feature others overlooked. Or you are too good. Position @ MSFT something to think about perhaps... ;-)
  • Should I worry about security?
  • Indeed, it is only because Android is so hackable that it has managed to find its niche
    I don't think this is true, Android is as popular as it is now in terms of market share because there's a lot of mid to low end phones running it, and most of the people that use Android don't go around hacking it. There's a large segment of people that don't really care about OS when buying a phone, they get whatever's cheaper or what is pushed to them.
  • Microsoft had better let this fly or provide is clean low-level access
  • I wonder what this will do to the security guarantee from Microsoft. Its one of the reasons that Android isn't used or even allowed in some businesses. Not that i mind people trying some stuff, as long as it doesn't prevent the OS from being adapted on a larger scale. The success from Android was mainly due to the pricing of devices and less about its customization (but yeah it helped too). I wish them the best of luck with getting further, but i'm pretty sure it will be fixed in the next update
  • IPhones are very popular in business and they can be jailbroken (basically what this is doing), so I don't think it'll be a problem.
  • Not looking forward to it. I always liked the notion that Windows Phones were pretty much impregnable compared to the other OSes :)
  • What I would love to see is WP becoming a more flexible OS just like it's pc counterpart, so I can buy the hardware how I want it and install windows on it just like I do with PCs, that'd be huge for this community
  • You mean like the ROM that is suppose to be coming out any day now?
  • Guys sorry this is out of topic, but I really need help, my groove music and msn weather apps have no icons on the app list, how can I make my icons reappear?
  • Try to reset the phone to factory. That shoul fix it up.
  • Oh, is that the only solution? Btw if I factory reset my phone, can I still restore my text messages?
  • Sometimes....I read articles like this.....and realise I know absolutely stuff all about IT.  But hey, I've bought a Pro4, Band 2, XL950, 550 (for my 10 year old "Converted to Windows" daughter) to go with my current SP3, lumia 1520, Band and Xbox one, so I'm doing my bit to fly the flag :)
  • You are doing so much more to fly the flag than many of the IT 'experts' here.
  • For my Nokia 920 doesn't work
  • It works for any Lumia 920. You just have to do it right. Read the "Getting started" section and watch the video's for detailed instructions.
  • Are we going to be able to hack eg. CM on our Lumias?
  • Time to dust off my old XDA account and and learn how to do this new stuff. I imagined much is changed since the days of .cab files haha!
  • This is good and bad. Good because those people who want to change their phone can basically do anything to it.  A custom ROM with no secure boot means any application can run.  Anything in the OS can be changed.  It's free reign.  But it does require physical access (today). Bad because this opens up for hackers to copy application packages and bypass Store security and basically steal apps.  Of lesser concern, people could unlock your photo and put keyloggers etc. on them in the background.  As this requires phyical access I'm thinking more government type hacking phones.  They could bypass Bitlocker too, so not cool.  A big part of me wants Microsoft to fix this as I prefer a secure phone and a world where if I write an application, people cannot steal it.
  • So like android. And jail broken iPhones?
  • Interesting - my htc hd2 needs a refresh. And if I can get quiet hours without needing Cortana active I'm happy! And openvpn support.
  • I would like to see it go further. I'd like to put Windows 10 on my OnePlus One or Samsung Galaxy Tablet. That's what really needs to happen.
  • Android is extendable because it is open source. Even if you get the bootloader open, WP is much more difficult. Of course, there are those who relish a challenge. P.S. I wouldn't say Android is niche, nor that it has found a niche only because it's "hackable"
  • Nice. Finnaly :) Good news for Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile :)
  • Imagine Windows 10 Mobile runing on a cheap and good Android smartphones like One Plus X :D That thing would fly like a beast because of Windows 10 Mobile optimization :)
  • I wonder if people could hack project Astoria back into the OS. This would definitely get me excited about custom roms on WinMo.
  • Windows phones getting rooted? Whoa! Never thought I'd get up to read an article like this! 
  • Really , Really i like the information Im waiting. Lumia 520
     
  • Yes I know people are thinking this is good but like Android this will lead to improper functioning of phone. I rooted my Symbian phones and every now and then I had to restart my phone lots of bugs but the joy of many hacks. Still lets see this will be interesting of we see more custom apps as well as roms.
  • The first time I read this story a few days ago, the headline the blogger used to express this was like some major security breach of the Windows Phone OS had occurred.  But what seems to be missing for phones is software that can check the phone for bad memory, battery, etc. I don't of any platform that has this yet.
  • Imagine the possibilties: Awesome animated bootscreen instead of the boring windows logo, crazy modified lockscreens, more than 500 tilecolours to choose from, new epic tileicons (instead of the current white ones), transparent/transcluent notificationcenter, whole new keyboardlayouts,... This is great news!