Reset iPhone, apps are gone, not even available to resync

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Nonapeptide, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. Nonapeptide macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009

    I have the feeling that I've done something daft. Here's the brief outline of my situation. I have a brand new Windows installation. I fresh installed iTunes 8. I repeatedly received the MDCrashReport Tool error that I mentioned in this thread whenever I would try to sync it. I decided to reset my iPhone (3G, not jailbroken). Before I did that, I backed it up by right clicking it in iTunes and selecting "Backup" (it took seven hours, which is another issue in and of itself). I then reset the iPhone as per these instructions. After the reset I successfully restored the backup.

    I know that the apps themselves aren't backed up (as per this KB article), but I was expecting that my download / purchase history would be remembered due to being logged in with my iTunes account and I could restore the applications from the "applications" tab within iTunes. Nothing is there however. I suppose its because I was unable to sync on this computer since I had issues with the MDCrashRportTool error?

    I've got all of my preferences, email accounts and even bookmarks. Just no apps. How can I get them all back? I've seen some people suggest that you can re-purchase the apps from the iTunes store and that in won't cost anything, but I'm a bit hesitant to try that just now. Any guidance would be appreciated.

  2. Nonapeptide thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009
    The solution

    Okay, It looks like all is well. Before I changed OSs, I ran a robocopy script on my Windows user profile folder and copied it to an external drive. I discovered that all of my iPhone .ipa application files were in the old profile folder in this path: "drive:[usreprofile]\Music\iTunes\Mobile Applications". I created the "Mobile Applications" folder in my new OS's folder structure, copied the .ipa files to the folder and then double-clicked each one. They appeared in iTunes and, after a monumental sync, all of my applications were back on my iPhone. The icons were even in the same place and it appears that all settings are retained.

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