Windows 8, iTunes and Your iDevice [Method 2]

Friday, December 2, 2011

UPDATE #2: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro seem to have no issues with the iDevices. Please comment below to see if we can't help figure out any issues you've been having.

UPDATE: These methods are no longer necessary as driver issues have already been resolved in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download here. Please be advised, if you don't know what you're doing, you may encounter various problems. Like always, back up all data before continuing. Have a nice day!

As I've previously stated there are ways to get your iDevice working within iTunes on your Windows 8 Developer Preview installation. However, a thread on EightForums states another method that I'd like to share with you. I prefer this method over our previous one and recommend it highly to the impatient. Here's how it goes:

  1. Close iTunes (make sure in Windows Task Manager that the iTunes.exe process is not there either)
  2. Unplug iDevice (if that isn't already done) and wait 5 seconds
  3. Go to the services (Win+F with the keyword "services" while searching under the Settings category)
  4. Find "Apple Mobile Device" and stop the service (right click>stop)
  5. Wait a 5 seconds then plug in your iDevice
  6. Restart the service (right click> start)
  7. Start iTunes
Voila! Your iDevice should appear in the left-hand pane in iTunes.

Note: You must go through this process for every time you plug/re-plug your iDevice. 
Note 2: Timing does not have to be perfect, but it is recommended to follow the "Too much is better than not enough mantra.
Note 3: iTunes must be closed throughout the whole process until specified otherwise.
Note 4: This has only been tested (on my part) for the iPod Touch 4th Gen. If you have a different iDevice, you may encounter further problems. (iPad 2 and iPhone 4S might not work whatsoever)

As always, happy syncing!

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