For those of you who want to enhance and maximize your Nook Tablet’s powers, you will want to root your Nook Tablet and install Google Android Market.
Q:What does rooting your Nook Tablet and install Google Android do for you?
A:Well, there’s a ton of free apps on the Google Market (whereas the Nook Store has a lot less free ones), you can get those free apps by rooting and installing the regular Google Android Market.
Besides that, there’s a ton of hacks you can do to your Nook Tablet to get more out of it instead of just sticking with stock. Before you can do more things though, you need to “root” your Nook Tablet and here’s how to root your Nook Tablet on Windows computer. (Mac and Linux instructions coming soon…)
Step 1. Go Google “Android Wifi Tether” and download any of the latest apk file. This is to access the hidden Application Settings menu.
Step 2. Once downloaded, choose “Package Installer” to open the apk file.
Step 3. You should get a message “Install Blocked”, choose “Settings”.
Step 4. Make sure “Unknown sources” is checked.
Step 5. Then select “Development”.
Step 6. Make sure all the “USB Debugging” are checked.
Step 7. Then uncheck “Auto mount”.
Step 8. Connect your Nook Tablet to your computer using a micro USB cable.
Step 9. Go to Control Panel->Hardware and Sound->Device Manager, you should see “Nook Tablet” pop up. If it doesn’t show, try another computer/laptop. For now, Windows computers seem to have trouble detecting Nook Tablet.
Step 10. Download NookTabletRoot.zip and unzip. You should get a folder called NookTabletRoot:
Step 11. Next double-click on the “Nook Tablet” icon, then click on “Update Driver”.
Step 12. Choose “Browse my computer for driver software”.
Step 13. Choose “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.
Step 14. Choose “Show All Devices” and click “Next”.
Step 15. Click on “Have Disk” and locate android_winusb.inf file inside the NookTabletRoot/usb_driver folder.
Step 16. Choose “Android Composite USB Interface” and click “Next”.
Step 17. Ignore the warning and choose “Install this driver software anyway”.
Step 18. Open up the folder NookTabletRoot and run double-click on runme.bat.
Step 19. Follow directions on the screen to get your Nook Tablet rooted, this should take about 5 minutes on average.
Step 20. Once your Nook Tablet reboots, go to the Market and install any apps you’d like just like on any other Android tablet. Congrats!