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[Guide] Nexus 7 Bootloaders/Recoveries/Root/Back to Stock

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Thanks to:

Team Win
and any others whom I am unaware of (please pm and I will include you)

WARNING: This will wipe your device. Backup all your photos and whatnot.
  1. Boot device into bootloader.
  2. Open a command prompt in the folder where your fastboot.exe lives. Typically this is the platform-tools directory in the SDK.
  3. Type in
    fastboot oem unlock
    and press enter.

  4. Follow prompts on device to unlock bootloader.
  5. Profit!
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  1. Load CWM onto your device as described in the RECOVERIES section
  2. Download the SU binary for JB
  3. Put it onto the device
  4. Boot into recovery
  5. Install zip from sd card
  6. Choose zip
  7. Navigate to the file you downloaded and put onto the device
  8. Flash
  9. Profit!
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I'm not sure if it was mentioned in this thread (too lazy to read more than 4 pages) but most people will be unable to access recovery on the 7 via the Vol - + PWR buttons using either TWRP or CWM. This appears to be specific to the 7. Yes, there are multiple apps you can download that will allow you to boot into recovery with no issue. The problem is when you bork your OS and you need to get into recovery using the buttons.

The work around is to plug your 7 into your PC. When you do this, you should be able to get into recovery by using the buttons. I tested this multiple times with both TWRP and CWM and it worked every time. Not sure if you want to add this to the FAQ's for the 7.
Same here. When I want to get into recovery from bootloader it just sticks at the Google logo. At first I thought my CWM might be broken but via an app or "adb reboot recovery" recovery just starts fine.

However when the tablet is plugged into the PC while in bootloader, there is no problem with starting recovery.
I've read this in several places. But if you go into terminal
reboot recovery

It works for me. Or if your ROM has power controls you can just do that as well

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This also works for me. But when your system doesn't boot, you need to get into recovery from bootloader. And therefore it needs to be plugged into a PC or else you get stuck at the Google logo.

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Did all this, but now I can't boot straight to recovery. It just sits at the Google splash. I have to reboot to recovery. Does anyone know why? I have the 32gb model

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This seems to be a common problem for the Nexus 7. Check this post for more information:
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