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Syncing Iphone?

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    Syncing Iphone?


    Just got a new computer with Windows 8 yesterday, I was able to plug in my Iphone 4s yesterday morning and it registered and synced. But now it won't sync. When I plugged it in last night a pop up came up on the upper right hand asking me what I would like to do with it (I was just trying to charge it then) and I hit "ignore" or something to that effect. Now today when I plug it in, it will charge but won't sync or register it at all. Anyone else having these problems? I appreciate any help!


    Also, if it helps, whenever I connect the phone iTunes does recognize it.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hello there!

    Microsoft and apple do things differently. iphones are detected as removable storage, where you can actually move content on and off of it, but the iphone won't detect anything at all. The iphone is tethered to the use of itunes, that's what you're supposed to use to sync content on and off of it.

    There has been a case where Windows 8 has actually detected an iphone 4s as a toaster! I think that might be a little Easter egg Microsoft has put in Windows 8 as a middle finger to apple saying Windows 8 is a refrigerator and a microwave in one (something of such).
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    I think what the OP wants is a second chance to tell Windows what to do when it detects the iPhone. The first time, s/he blew off the pop-up box, and now it doesn't reappear. IF there is a way to query the user again what to do when the iPhone is detected, then iTunes can be set as the default program to run, no?
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    Without ITunes there isn't much she can with an Iphone even if it is detected by the PC. If she has ITunes it will detect the Iphone and she can go from there. Then she will be able to do anything file related, music, video related.
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    Both before and after I installed iTunes, my iPhone 4 showed up in File Explorer as soon as I plugged it in. I routinely do this to move photos off the iPhone and into a folder on my computer. Just click on "Internal Storage" in the right pane, and drill down through the folder hierarchy to reach the photos.

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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by thatonechick View Post
    Just got a new computer with Windows 8 yesterday, I was able to plug in my Iphone 4s yesterday morning and it registered and synced. But now it won't sync. When I plugged it in last night a pop up came up on the upper right hand asking me what I would like to do with it (I was just trying to charge it then) and I hit "ignore" or something to that effect. Now today when I plug it in, it will charge but won't sync or register it at all. Anyone else having these problems? I appreciate any help!


    Also, if it helps, whenever I connect the phone iTunes does recognize it.
    One thing I noticed is that if you plug the iPhone into a different USB port on the same machine it will sometimes attempt to re-load the driver for it. Have you tried unplugging it and re-plugging into another USB?

    HTH,

    -Max
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    Windows 8.1


    Sorry to dig up an old thread but I've been searching and searching and this is as close as I've found to my issue.

    I did exactly the same thing. Windows 8.1 PC - plugged in iPhone 5 - accidentally hit "ignore" when prompted with the "always perform this action" choices. Does anyone know where the ignore list is stored and/or how to remove a device from it?

    Swapping USB ports did nothing. Good try though

    Thanks,

    -Chris

    p.s. Wow do I feel dumb. Just noticed the AutoPlay in Control Panel. Everything is right there...
    Last edited by GPSalem436; 15 Oct 2014 at 10:02. Reason: Solved
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