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As expected, Google has started to roll out Android 4.4 KitKat to its Nexus tablet lineup.

At
the moment, the software upgrade is only heading to the Wi-Fi versions of the Nexus 7 and
the Nexus 10, but is slated to reach the cellular models of the smaller tablet too in the
upcoming period, as well as the Nexus 4.
The upgrade may be rolling out to compatible tablets as we speak but it will take some time
to reach all Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. Luckily, you do not have to wait for the
notification to install Android 4.4, as you can get KitKat up and running right now without
losing any of your apps and settings or resorting to the modding trickery of loading a
custom ROM.
The files that you will be using to upgrade the Nexus 7 and/or Nexus 10 to Android 4.4
KitKat come directly from Google. As a result, this guide only discusses the Wi-Fi models
specifically. Why? Because, as I have mentioned in the first paragraph, these are the sole
models that have received the search giant's blessing at the moment.
You can, however, use this guide to upgrade all compatible Nexus devices (including the
Nexus 4 and 3G/4G LTE Nexus 7) to Android 4.4 KitKat once the corresponding OTA files
are available, by following the same steps.
Requirements
To upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat you will need the following files:
1. The Android SDK Tools, that you can download from Google Developers.
2. The OTA upgrade file for your device. Select the corresponding file below for your
Nexus device.
 2012 Wi-Fi Nexus 7 OTA file;
 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7 OTA file;
 2012 Nexus 10 OTA file.
To keep things as simple as possible, store the corresponding OTA file in a folder that is
easy to access from the command line (more on that later). I will use a folder named Root on
the C:\ drive in Windows. The path of this folder is C:\Root.
Preparing For the Upgrade
Before you are able to perform the upgrade, you will need to have the necessary tools and
drivers downloaded on your PC. To do this, install the Android SDK Tools, then open the
Android SDK Manager and select the following items for download:
 Android SDK Platform-tools -- it contains the required tools for the upgrade process
 Google USB Driver -- it contains the necessary drivers for the Nexus device
From the folder where Android SDK Platform-tools is installed (in my case it is C:\Program
Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools) copy the following files to the previously
created Root folder:
 adb.exe
 AdbWinApi.dll
 AdbWinUsbApi.dll
If you have followed all the steps so far, in the Root folder you will have the following files:
 adb.exe;
 AdbWinApi.dll;
 AdbWinUsbApi.dll;
 The OTA file (the picture below shows the 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7 version).

For convenience, you can change the lengthy name of the OTA file to something shorter,
like OTA.zip. For the purpose of this guide, this is the name that I will use where necessary.
You will now have to install the correct drivers, so the PC can communicate with your Nexus
device. To do so, follow the next steps:
1. After connecting the device to the PC, power your Nexus off.
2. Turn on your device in fastboot mode; the exact button combination for your Nexus
is listed here. If you do not know the product name, please look for my explanation
in the comments section.
3. From Device Manager (Computer -> Properties -> Device Manager) identify your
device (it will show up with a question mark on the icon).
4. Right click on it, select Update Driver Software and then select Browse my computer
for driver software.
5. Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
6. From Have Disk... option manually install the android_winusb.inf driver (in my case,
its location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-
sdk\extras\google\usb_driver). Accept any prompts you may receive.
7. Select the Android ADB Interface option when presented. Accept any prompts you
may receive.
Upgrading to Android 4.4 KitKat
To kick off the process you have to open a command prompt window (press Windows Key +
R, type cmd in the box and press the enter key) and go to the Root folder. To do this, type
the cd C:\Root command. The command prompt window will show the current folder as
C:\Root>, if you have followed these instructions as presented.
With the Nexus powered on in fastboot mode and connected to the PC, use the volume keys
to select Recovery Mode on the device and press the power key to enter it. Afterwards, press
the power button and immediately after the volume up key. The Nexus will now show you a
menu with a number of options, including apply update from ADB. Select it by using the
volume keys; press the power button afterwards.

Now verify if the setup is working as it should. In the command prompt window, type adb
devices. Your device should be listed and you can continue; if it is not shown then you have
the drivers installed incorrectly (or the wrong option selected while installing them). The
image below shows both cases.

Finally, to upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, you simply have to type the adb sideload OTA.zip
command and your Nexus device will take things over from there. In a couple of minutes,
the latest version of the popular mobile OS will be up and running. Here's a screenshot
showing Android 4.4 KitKat running on my Nexus 7, after upgrading using the OTA file.

Update: This post was updated to include more information in the section that describes
how to install the correct USB (ADB) drivers. Further information is available in the
comments section, as said in the article.

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