This is one of the troubleshooting post for iPhone and iPod when itunes fail to recognizing your iphone or ipod.
There are multiple solution to this problem.
Easy Solution :
Download the latest version of itunes and install it. Try plug in your iphone and see if itunes is able to recognize your iPhone. If yes, buy me a beer else follow the second step.
Second solution : Working and Long method
This solution is provided by Codyc03
1. 1. First off you need to have iTunes installed and the ipod touch plugged in
and recognized as ‘something’ e.g. digital camera (it shouldn’t really
matter what it’s recognized as, but it needs to be found by windows).
2. Search for usbaapl in the C:\WINDOWS system folder:
open windows explorer (e.g. Right-click Start and then click ‘explore’)
right-click the WINDOWS folder and select ‘Search’).
Type in usbaapl and hit Search – try to ignore the dog!
You should find the driver info in a sub folder of C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRVSTORE
Remember that location (either leave the search box open or copy the folder
name into note pad – you’ll need it later)
If you don’t find usbaapl.sys, usbaapl.inf etc. then your drivers have not
been installed with the iTunes install and you’ll have to reinstall iTunes.
3. Locate the ipod-camera device:
o Open the device manager, e.g. using Start > Control Panel >
Performance and Maintenance > System > Hardware Tab > Device Manager
o Look for a device called ‘ipod’ – if your ipod shows up as
‘digital camera’ it will be under something like ‘imaging devices’.
4. Update the driver:
o Right click the ‘ipod-camera’ in device manager and click on
‘Update Driver’ – the Hardware Update Wizard will open.
o Check the ‘Install from a list or specific location’ then click ‘Next’
o Check ‘Dont search. I will choose the driver to install’ click ‘Next’
Here you should see the Apple Device to update, click “Have Disk”
In the text box below type (or better copy and paste) or browse the folder
containing the ipod driver information found in step 1 (in the example
above it was
The second process seems to be lengthy but in my case it resolved the problem. Let me know it works for you or not.