Change Systems

Last fall after a System update to my 2012 Nexus 7 tablet, it was un-usable ever after. And there was no good way to downgrade.

To try and find some use for this tablet coaster, this week I installed Ubuntu touch on it.  BUT that was never really developed for that model so it was VERY beta, and only slightly better than the lag-ey tablet it had become.

For the record this was the most helpful for installing Ubuntu Touch on the Nexus 7 from an Ubuntu machine, after I rooted it from my windows machine


However when I first started the Ubuntu tablet adventure I ended up using Windows to install the Skipsoft Android Toolkit on my Windows laptop. Which I found to be a very easy way to unlock and root a Nexus 7 tablet.

So After the Ubuntu touch tablet fail I looked for a way to install a working Android OS back on the tablet. Here is how I had to restore to a more primitive Android OS

Even though was able to use the Windows software to root my Nexus 7 I had to use an Ubuntu OS to install the Ubuntu touch on the tablet. And I also found that to put it back to Android it was dependent on having a Ubuntu boot OS, for the Android OS re-install.

In this video, it will show how to Return your Google Nexus 7 to Stock Android (thus uninstalling Ubuntu Linux).

You will need to go and download the Stock Android image from the following website:

Image will download into the downloads folder. Go to the Downloads folder, and extract the files to the same directory, and then run the following commands on your Ubuntu Terminal:

1-) cd nakasi-jzo54k (make sure you get the right file name)
2-) sudo ./flash-all.sh

Watch the show, and you will be done in less than 5 minutes. 

So it is pretty weird that a company would force a download on a tablet that made it useless. AND made it impossible to downgrade.

So the work around is to "root" the device which is kind of hacking it, AND then to get one of their old images and set it back to a more simple OS. AND then you have to install "Disable Service" to stop any automatic ystem upgrades


bloftin2 said...

I was bummed that they stopped making the Nexus 7. It was a nice tablet.

ZeppoManx said...

After the Nexus 7 update that ruined it, I bought a kindle fire HD 7". I am really hooked on that size.

It is nice having the Nexus 7 back, and this way my wife can use the Fire while I check all my riveting social media outlets.

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