Is it possible to "root" a Windows Phone device? What are the benefits?

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Android devices can be "rooted", allowing unrestricted access to the file system, tethering, extra hardware control, and more.

The Windows Phone operating system is not a Linux-based operating system, but does the same idea still apply? If so, what WP-specific things can be done once the device is "rooted"?

jtbandes

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Related: The legality and/or scope of this question is being discussed on meta.Tom Wijsman 2012-04-25T01:12:22.120

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Yes, with WP7RootTools.

It gives you:

  • registry-editor (with access to low level previously restricted parts of the registry)
  • file-explorer with basic file-operations
  • certificate-installer with write-access to the certificate-stores
  • policy-editor

Note that Rooting is different then unlocking and custom ROMs.

Jim McKeeth

Posted 2012-04-24T23:22:34.160

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6As of December 2014, these tools only work for WP7.x not for WP8.xPeter Hahndorf 2015-01-03T22:22:45.197

1Yes, that link is Windows Phone 7 specific.Jim McKeeth 2015-01-04T20:02:46.333