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***NOTE: I've personally used this method and can confirm that it works flawlessly. With that said, I claim no responsibility if you screw up and break your new toy.***

1. Install the Android SDK

The first step has nothing directly to do with your Kindle Fire. You will want to install the Android SDK. The download links can be found here.

2. Enable ADB access

Once installing the SDK on your PC, navigate to the [your user name]/.android folder.
Edit the adb_usb.ini file, adding the following line of code at the end:


Close and save that file.
Now find the folder where the SDK was installed, and open the google-usb_driver folder. In that folder, find the file android_winusb.inf and add the following code to both the [Google.NTx86] and [Google.NTamd64] sections:

;Kindle Fire
%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01

Now you can close and save this file as well.

3. Root

Connect your Kindle Fire to your PC's USB port.
Navigate to Device Manager (Windows) and under "Other Devices" find your Kindle Fire. Choose theandroid_winusb.inf file.
Now, on your Kindle Fire, tap the settings icon in the status bar. Then choose 'More' option, then 'Device,' and finally check the box that enables unknown sources.
Download BurritoRoot: Kindle Fire Edition 1.0.0.
Run the tool and choose the "Root" option.

4. Install the Android Market and Google Apps

^^ Download these zipped Google Apps files. Unzip them (usingWinRAR) and transfer them to your Kindle Fire via USB.

Next, you'll want to buy Root Explorer. It's $3.99, but if you're into hacking your Kindle Fire, it will be worth every penny (there are other free alternatives, but they don't allow you to change permissions on your device).
Side load it on your kindle fire.
Open Root Explorer, and navigate to the location on your File that you stored the extracted Google Apps files.
Select GoogleServicesFramework.apk and install it. After doing this, restart your Kindle Fire.
Now open Root Explorer again, and find the file for the Market (Vending.apk).
Before doing anything with it, change the Root Explorer option from RO (Read Only) to RW (Read Write).
Long-press on Vending.apk, choose 'Move,' and navigate to the system/app folder on your Fire. This moves the Market file to the system apps folder.
Long-press on Vending.apk again (in its new location), and choose 'Permissions.' Change the permissions to match the other apps in this folder (check permissions in any other .apk file in that folder to see how it should look.
Finally, touch Vending.apk and install it. You can now reboot your Fire again.

5. Enjoy

You can now open the Market, sign in, and install apps as usual.

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