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There's still no known way to root the recent OTA update that delivered Android 2.2.2 to the Dell Streak 7, but there is a way to get an already rooted build of the official software—with some of the bloatware removed—onto your device.

It requires nothing more than flashing a .zip through ClockworkMod recovery (if you need it: video tutorial here, written instructions below), so it's a painless process that will get you from wherever you are now (unrooted OTA, pre-OTA stock, pre-OTA rooted stock) to rooted 2.2.2 in minutes.

There are two .zips to choose from:

Download the one you want (I personally went for the one with DJ_Steve's fingerprints on it) and move it to your Streak 7. It doesn't really matter where you put it; I had problems when moving it to an external SD card for some reason, so you may want to move it to the tablet's internal storage  instead.

Once that's done, all you have to do is flash it through ClockworkMod.

Don't have ClockworkMod recovery on your Streak 7 yet? No problem.

  • If you're on the pre-OTA rooted stock ROM, flash the recovery through ROM Manager.
  • If you're on the pre-OTA unrooted stock ROM, root using SuperOneClick and flash the recovery through ROM Manager OR flash via fastboot.
  • If you're on the unrooted OTA ROM, flash the recovery via fastboot:
    • Download the Android SDK and extract it on your C: drive. I renamed the folder "Android" for simplicity and moved it to the root of the drive, but you can do whatever you want.
    • Download ClockworkMod recovery, rename it to "recovery" for simplicity, and move it to the tools sub-folder in your new Android SDK folder.
    • Turn off your Streak 7.
    • Turn it back on by holding the volume down (-) and the power button at the same time to enter fastboot mode.
    • Connect the Streak 7 to your computer.
    • Open a command prompt (in Windows, press Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt) and navigate to your Android SDK/tools folder. For me, it's in C:Androidtools so I type cd c:androidtools in the command prompt.
    • Then type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img and press Enter.

Since there's always some risk involved when flashing a .zip, go ahead and make a Nandroid backup first:

  1. Turn off your Streak 7.
  2. Turn it back on by holding down the volume up (+) button and the power button at the same time until the stock recovery menu is shown.
  3. Select option 2, "Software update via update.pkg on SD card," from the menu to go to ClockworkMod.
  4. In ClockworkMod, use the volume buttons to navigate and the power button to select the following options: backup and restore > Backup > wait for backup to complete > reboot system now. The reboot isn't really necessary, but I always do it anyway. If you choose not to, you can skip ahead to step 4 in the next section.

 Now let's get to flashing your chosen .zip from ClockworkMod.

  1. Turn off your Streak 7.
  2. Turn it back on by holding down the volume up (+) button and the power button at the same time until the stock recovery menu is shown.
  3. Select option 2, "Software update via update.pkg on SD card," from the menu to go to ClockworkMod.
  4. In ClockworkMod, use the volume buttons to navigate and the power button to select the following options: install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > choose .zip file from wherever it is on your card >Yes – install [name].zip > wait for installation to complete > reboot system now.

Enjoy the new Android 2.2.2 with full root on your Dell Streak 7!

If you opted for the .zip with DJ_Steve's tweaks, then here's the kind of Quadrant benchmark score you can expect from it.

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