The entire shifter plate lifts out (the entire area around the chrome trim), the boot also unlatches from around the bottom of the shift knob allowing it to slide down and reveal the bolt holding the shifter knob in place. You really don't need to mess with the plate around the boot just slide the boot down, unscrew bolt, replace and slide boot back up until it snaps back in place.
When I've tried to lower the plastic trim ring between the boot and the knob I had to lift the bezel and use a small screwdriver to encourage the ring to release its grip. Once it fell it was a simple job to loosen the screw.
'11 LTZ, born Aug 2010, Fairfax, KS
V6/A6, Red Jewel Tintcoat / Cocoa-Cashmere, Sunroof
Cool Mods: Drop-in K&N air filter; 20% tint, DRLs on turn signals,
Painted grilles, 1-wipe washer, WeatherTech mats, CHMSL Pulser
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