How to Root and Install ClockworkMod Recovery on the Sony Ericsson Walkman Live (WT19i) running 4.1.B.0.431 (Android 4.0.4)

As is usual with most updates, the Sony Ericsson Walkman Live lost root access after its recent update to Android 4.0.4.  The guide below will show you how to obtain root access on this device running the 4.1.B.0.431 version of the OS and install ClockworkMod Recovery, enabling you to flash custom ROMs and do other things that require root access.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  This will not erase any data from your device, but as a precaution, do a backup of what you feel is important just in case.

2.  This solution works by flashing a modified kernel that will provide root access.  If you are not okay with this, do not proceed any further.

3.  You will need a device with an unlocked bootloader for the procedure to work.  If you do not have an unlocked bootloader, look to our post to help you guide this.

II.  Necessary Downloads

1.  boot_EXtendedStockKernel_WT19i.img.

2.  Fastboot Files.

III.  Flashing the Modified Kernel

1.  Extract the file you downloaded above to a folder in your C:\ drive.  You should end up with a folder named C:\fastboot-win32 containing fastboot.exe.

2.  Copy the boot_EXtendedStockKernel_WT19i.img file you downloaded above to the same folder.

3.  Power down your device and put it into Fastboot Mode.  To do this, press and hold the Volume Up + Power buttons until it enters the Fastboot mode.

3.  Open up a Command Prompt window.  To do this on your Windows 7 PC, click on the Windows Start button, type cmd in the search box and hit enter.

4.  Run the following commands:

cd c:\fastboot-win32

fastboot flash boot boot_EXtendedStockKernel_WT19i.img

That’s it! You should have a rooted device after a reboot!

All credit goes to expeacer for modifying the kernel!! If you like his work, be sure to thank or donate to him on his XDA thread!!

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.


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  • RamaKrishna

    This is not working leaving this error..

    • Mahesh Makvana

      You are facing the issue because the Fastboot package that you’ve downloaded does NOT contain all the required files. Download the complete Fastboot Package from here – and then follow the steps given in the above tutorial.

  • nzard

    Sorry but I don’t really understand step (3) –> Power down your device and put it into Fastboot Mode. To do this,
    press and hold the Volume Up + Power buttons until it enters the
    Fastboot mode.

    I try to do it on my phone but it didn’t ‘enter’ Fastboot mode?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Actually, you won’t see any options in Fastboot like what you see in Recovery Mode.

      If you see the text “Fastboot” on your screen, you’re in Fastboot mode.

      Hope it helps!

  • Udit

    Stuck on Waiting device please help

    • Make sure you’ve appropriate drivers installed on your PC. Due to lack of drivers, you may get the errors.

      Uninstall any old drivers you might have installed on your PC and download the latest ones from your manufacturer site.


      • Udit

        Tried tht also its shows s1 bootloader connected in usb device but still stuck on the same
        Also i do not understand fastboot mode i mean when i do wht the instructions say its just powers up normally
        Please help

  • Vatsal Shukla

    What will happen if i use other OS(ICS pureness v3.1) with this process?

  • Vatsal Shukla

    what will happen if i install other os(ICS Pureness v3.1) on my wt19i flowed by these steps & using this kernel ?

  • owen

    in what order and how do you enter yhe commands on step 4?? pls help

  • ajit yadav

    From where should i get the android firmware.. For root my device wt19i..

  • Guru

    Hi i cant enter into Recover Mode. plz help me Volume up+power button dosent works