Formatting windows XP, what happens to the itunes/iphone sync ?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by amstrad, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. amstrad macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2009
    Hello everyone,

    i'm planning on cleaning my computer and formatting and re-installing windows xp
    so i'm wondering what's the right thing to do in order to backup my itunes/iphone configuration.

    In other words, is it possible to still my iphone with itunes seamlessly once windows xp is re-installed ?

    Thank you very much !
  2. solideliquid macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2008
    You want to FIRST de-authorize your computer on iTunes. Then you really would need to back-up your music and apps. Everything that is left on the iPhone media-wise will be deleted next time you sync if you don't back up your apps, music and movies etc.
  3. amstrad thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2009
    Hi solideliquid,

    Thank you for your answer !

    Could you please explain the 'de-authorize the computer on itunes' part ?

    As for the media, all my personnal files that are on the computer ( pics, music, miscellaneous files) will be copied on my external hard drive and i'll transfer 'em back once xp is installed so i don't think that will be a problem.

    Concerning the apps, i'm not sure how the procedure works.

    I'm thinking there must be a log of all the apps i paid for in my itunes account, so once i'll sync the iphone again iTunes will check and re-download the stuff that had been deleted, right ?

    Thank you so much for your time

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