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!

12 Blogger:

Howarthm said...

doesnt work

Brandon Nolet said...


Unplug your iDevice. Wait a few seconds, then stop the Apple Mobile Device service. Plug in your iDevice, wait a few seconds then Start the Apple Mobile Device service again. It will require you to do this each time you wish to plug in your iDevice.

N. Kemal Odabas said...

doesnt workkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Brandon Nolet said...

@N. Kemal Odabas

Please reread the article, there have been a few minute changes

Anonymous said...

Doesn't work! Win 8 build 8102 and iTunes 10.5 beta 7 and 10.5.2 64 bit.

Brandon Nolet said...


I no longer use Windows 8, waiting until the beta comes out in February. Hopefully this issue is fixed. Try having only iTunes 10.5.2 :P Maybe that might help.

Anonymous said...

Works good on my Iphone 4.

Brandon Nolet said...

Good to hear, have fun usin Windows 8 with your iPhone :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks!! works perfectly!

Anonymous said...

Works on my Touch2nd/3rdGen.

Sean said...

The waiting appears to be the key factor I have been trying this for the last hour or so and after reading this and then doing the waiting part, 5+ seconds, I now works

Ipod Touch 3rd Gen

Thanks for the tip

Anonymous said...


When I say "trying this" I mean various other google solutions, that mentioned these tactics but not the waiting time

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