While I'm pretty new to the whole flashing thing, I thought I knew what to do. That's clearly not the case.
I downloaded the MIUI Shadow 188.8.131.52 file and placed it on my SD card. I proceeded to boot into recovery, I wipe the data/factory reset, and the cache partition.
I then proceed to attempt to install the .zip from my SD and it always says "install aborted."
i'm really at a loss, I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.