Owners of the Lenovo Thinkpad tablet have long been waiting for a way to root their devices... in fact, the situation is so dire that there is a $785 bounty for root. Or was, anyway: Dan Rosenberg has figured out a way to root the device, and Justin Case and utkanos have managed to get ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) up and running without a hitch. Luckily, both rooting and installing CWM are quite simple (though you do need an SD card to install CWM).

To root:

1.Make sure you have the latest ADB drivers installed on your PC, and that your device is in USB Debugging mode. More detailed instructions for this are available here.

2. Download the root exploit here.

3. Make sure your Thinkpad is connected to your PC via USB, is turned on, and has the screen unlocked.

4. Extract the entire zipfile, and run “run.bat”. Follow any directions given in the command prompt closely, and ignore any activity on the Thinkpad itself.

To flash CWM, download the ClockworkMod Recovery .img to the SD card, then enter the following commands in your ADB command prompt:

adb push cwr_ventana_2.img /data/local/
adb shell
mount -o rw,remount /system
echo "#!/system/bin/sh" > /system/etc/install-recovery.sh
dd if=/data/local/cwr_recovery_2.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p1

It's just that simple. As always, be careful, especially if this sort of thing is new to you. The CWM should be safe, but is as-yet relatively untested. If you have any questions, head on over to the XDA thread and ask away there.

[Source: VulnFactory.org, XDA-Developers]
Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Nocturnhaboe

    people have that pad?!?!

    • Scott M

      Thinkpad has had really good reviews. Not to be confused with the pos Lenovo Ideapad K1.

      • Nocturnhaboe

        -_- k.... still kinda surprised

        • Matt

          Why are you surprised? It's probably the most functional tablet in existence.

  • Toni

    Can not install latest drivers by lenovo on Windows 7 Ultimate. The device is recognized as ThinkPad Tablet under Device manager. When I try to update the driver pointing it at the folder of the adb driver downloaded from Lenovo, it states that can not find a driver, and leaves the curretn "MTP USB Device".
    May be this is the cause I can not root it.
    Any one managed to update the driver?

    Thank you, Toni

    • Sandman

      toni i figured it out, if you go to device manager with your tablet in debug mode you should see "Android phone" click on it and submenu will show you adb interface (something to that effect) right click on that and update the driver you downloaded, and it should give you adb access and rooting it becomes quite simple. now unfortunately im stuck at the clockworkmod recovery installation let me know if you get through that without any glitches

  • Sandman

    Toni, I have the same problem I have been looking around the net but to no avail, if you come across a solution let me know and i will do the same

  • Zboog
  • Mickael

    Hi there. To anyone having an issue with installing the driver (because of Windows 7 preinstalling one): Windows 7 installs the best driver it can find - which is not what you want - therefore, uninstall the driver, then go to Device Installation Settings and select "Never install driver software from Windows Update", now, connect your tablet to your PC, once it recognizes the tablet, guide it to the driver you have just downloaded...Done! Now, go and open "Run.bat" and voila! :)

  • amgsmg

    iv got adb to work but the root keeps saying Exploit failed. the US model

  • Mohoni

    Is tjere any way to root my device Lenovo smart tab 2 7?
    kindly help me
    mail me at sourajharoon@gmail.com
    plz reply. m waiting. plz help.

  • Joe

    When I try to root, after "ignore any popups..."

    I get a message telling me "adb is not a recognized program/file/etc" like 10x. And it won't root. Help?