Official Windows 7 iPhone Help Thread
Upgrading to Windows 7 and need help transferring your iPhone over from your old XP box? Getting a new machine with Windows 7 and having trouble setting up your iPhone?
Here's your thread! Let us know what, if any problems you're having (and the successes too!) and we'll all try to help each other out and get our iPhones going!
Here're my best practices to help get everyone started. If you're moving from XP to Win7 and thus doing a clean install, or if you're getting a whole new machine:
1) De-authrize your old machine via iTunes > Store > De-authorize computer
2) Get a USB drive of sufficient size to copy all your iTunes media (much easier done if you're letting iTunes organize everything under one iTunes folder).
3) Copy everything over, the entire folder tree, everything (don't forget your documents and other data, I'm only talking iPhone/iTunes here!)
4) Install Windows 7 (or setup your new machine)
5) Install iTunes
6) Authorize your new machine under iTunes > Store > Authorize Computer
7) Copy all your iTunes content from USB drive to Windows 7, same directory structure
8) Restart iTunes (if it doesn't detect your library XML file, you might need to trouble shoot a tad)
9) Sync your iPhone. (I'm almost certain you will need to re-select what you want to sync over -- any Windows gurus know better?)
Any more/additional/better advice welcome!
- 10-21-2009, 11:34 PM #3
- 10-21-2009, 11:51 PM #4
- 10-22-2009, 12:05 AM #5
- 10-22-2009, 06:31 AM #6
I have now done the upgrade 4 times (2 machines, 2 betas and 2 RTM). On one occasion I had to slick a partition and remove everything. If you don't have to do this, Windows will very carefully (kindly?) take all your files and save them in a folder called WindowsOld. After the upgrade, you can just copy your music, documents, etc. back to the active locations for those files. You'll still have to reinstall apps, but it does make the whole process (prOcess as René would say) easier.
- 10-22-2009, 06:49 AM #7
Vista > Windows 7 can be done as an "upgrade", though I did (and tend to always do) a clean install, since I've been operantly conditioned by XP
XP > Windows 7 I think has to be a clean install?
If I remember correctly, iPhone backup files are in:
C: Documents and Settings\[user account]\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
(It would be handier -- Apple! -- if they were in the iTunes folder along with media)
- 10-22-2009, 09:22 AM #10iPhone Newbie
- 22 Posts
Okay, I'm not THAT savvy with computers and such so here is my question. I want to save my most recent backup of my iPhone. I went into c:/documents ad settings etc until eventually opening the backup folder where there are 4 folders kept. Each one has a completely random name with numbers and letters (3942cfh1cgc5ec70394b6... You get the picture) Im pretty sure I identified the one I need (by date) and want to save it to my external HD so I can have it with windows 7. How exactly do I go about this without messing ANYTHING up? I'm sorry if this is a dumb question! Any help is appreciated!
- 10-22-2009, 10:28 AM #11
XP to Win7 upgrade made easy
Laplink has a product called PCmover. It allows you to upgrade from XP and still keep your installed applications. It also allows you to upgrade Vista 32bit to Win 7 64bit. Haven't tried this myself yet, but PCMag is swearing by it.
Laplink® Software - PCmover Upgrade Assistant - Migrate Computer Programs, Files and Settings
Here is the review from PCMag.
Laplink PCmover (September 2009) - Full Review - Reviews by PC Magazine
- 10-22-2009, 10:38 AM #12
- 10-22-2009, 10:56 AM #13
- 10-22-2009, 11:13 AM #14
On Windows Vista: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
But I cannot see the "AppData" folder in any view I try from my use folder. I ended up searching for it and it came right up, then just follow the folders and it's in there.
- 10-22-2009, 11:14 AM #15
Edit - Woops, wanted to edit the last post.
- 10-22-2009, 11:19 AM #16
- 10-22-2009, 01:18 PM #17
- 10-22-2009, 03:26 PM #18
Not sure if iTunes puts in My Music by default? (I have mine on a shared external drive).
- 10-23-2009, 02:11 AM #20
ok, well i ended up deauthorizing then unistalling itunes as the upgrade continued to tell me to do so. i forgot that i store my music on a separate hard drive in my laptop, so i uninstalled, reinstalled, and pointed itunes to the library. viola! all is good.
- 10-23-2009, 02:42 AM #21iPhone Newbie
- 28 Posts
For those of you with 64 bit capable computers, Windows 7 (except the Starter version) will install in 64 bit mode.
If you try to run the same iTunes setup program that you ran on your older 32 bit computer, note that Windows 7 will advise you to download the 64 bit version of the iTunes setup program. I just did it here on a new notebook (just bought notebook today), and the setup went the same as for a 32 bit system.
- 10-25-2009, 08:05 PM #22iPhone Nanite
- 1 Posts
I just came here as I am having problems with having my iphone sync to my itunes.
When I plug the USB in, the phone charges, however, the system gives me no option to install the iphone as any type of device.
I purchased this new DELL PC yesterday with Windows 7 Premium (64Bit) and even called Dell to let them know of the issue. All my other USB devices seem to work properly and are recognized directly upon connection, but nothing with the Iphone.
I checked the device manager, and nothing is even listed, not even the Apple Driver. I manually added the driver to the drivers folder but still had no response after resetting the computer.
Dell had told me I may have to do a complete restore on the system as drivers may not have been properly installed when the factory imaged the computer, so I did - with no luck.
Anyone have any idea why this might be?
- 10-26-2009, 10:04 AM #23
- 11-02-2009, 09:47 AM #24
- 11-02-2009, 08:36 PM #25iPhone Nanite
- 2 Posts
Hello people, im here with a few questions about jailbreaking an ipod touch so pls help me out
1:If my ipod was bought as a 2g and i upgraded it to 3g via itunes,should i still jailbreak by 3rd generation
2:Since i use the itunes store on my ipod touch instead of using the itunes store on the computer, when i restore,it deletes all my music and i have to rebuy it, so wat should i do?
3:Is there a way i can jailbreak saftly without restoring?
4:I tried to jailbreak yestrday but it screwed up and i had to restore,How can i prevent this?!!! HELP PLS!!!