Root and Push Clockwork Recovery to Your Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

If you have been wanting to root your Lenovo ThinkPad and haven’t had time, knew where to go, or were a little bit apprehensive about doing such things then today is your lucky day as we have the process all lined up for you. Heck we’ll even give you instructions on pushing ClockWork Recovery to your device as a special bonus. We’ve compiled the process from Vulnfactory and XDA and have it broken down below.

As with all rooting, your device’s warranty will be void and all responsibility if you brick your device falls on you. However if you are more than ready to root this device hit the break below to get the files and instructions needed to root and get a custom recovery onto your ThinkPad. Just FYI this only works on Windows PCs. 

Root Instructions: 

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.

Clockwork Recovery Mod Push:

ClockWork Ventana 2 Image – Download


Download the file and place it on your SD Card and then enter the following in an ADB command prompt:

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

You can hit the sources if you have questions or commented regarding this process. If you are at all uncomfortable with this I recommend reading the instructions and threads thoroughly before you attempt this. While the ClockWork Recovery is tentatively safe, it is relatively untested. Who knows though, maybe there’s an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM out there for your tablet. Enjoy!

[via and XDA]

About the Author: Jack Holt

Jack is a tech enthusiast who is surviving small-town Wyoming. He's a newspaper editor by trade and a blogger for fun. His phone of choice is the Galaxy Note 4 and when he's not tinkering on that, he can be found researching new tech and wondering if his wallet can sustain a new tech purchase. When he's not in front of a computer, he's out in the mountains with his dog exploring the wilderness.

  • Ac

    that “adb push” is not a single command

    • Jack Holt

      Formatting issues, thank you sir :)

  • You have a Thinkpad AND an Ideapad in the image above. Which is it? They’re two different animals with different processes, as I understand it.

    • Jack Holt

      ThinkPad :) 

  • Eholhos

    I have the 32GB 3g and pen. Are you sure this will work just fine after the rooting? Cause i wont be very happy if i will have to find a rom for this tablet.