If you happen to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch it is likely you will end up with Cydia installed on the iDevice. Cydia is a front end to the dpkg package management system and allows you to easily install packages on your iPhone. Cydia uses some files with a PLIST file ending which cannot be opened on Windows by default. Use the information below to read .plist files on Windows 7.
If you attempt to open the metadata.plist on Windows in Notepad or Notepad++ it will look as if the metadata.plist file is corrupt as shown in the below image.
metadata.plist Opened In Notepad++:
Read & Edit PLIST Files On Windows 7:
- Download Plist Editor For Windows: Click here to download the Plist Editor For Windows from SoftPedia. The file downloaded will be named plistset.exe.
- Install Plist Editor For Windows: Double click the plistset.exe file to begin the Plist Editor for Windows installation on your Windows computer. The initial setup screen will display similar to the below example image.
Click the Next button to continue. On the next screen in the plist Editor For Windows setup will be the License Agreement which you should agree to and continue on. Continue with the default settings for the Components setup screen, the Install Location setup screen, and the Start Menu Folder setup screen. Once you complete each of the setup screens the Plist Editor For Windows will begin installation as shown in the below image.
Once the installation is complete click the Finish button and the Plist Editor For Windows will launch automatically.
- Open Cydia PLIST File: Once the Plist Editor For Windows launches it will look similar to the blow example image.
Click the folder icon right underneath File in the top navigation menu, browse for the .plist file you want to open, and then click on the PLIST file to open it in Plist Editor For Windows. The below example image displays metadata.plist open in Plist Editor For Windows.
You can modify and save the files from within Plist Editor For Windows but make sure to backup any original files before overwriting them in case you need to restore it later for one reason or another.