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How to Restore Your iPhone to Original Settings and Restore From a Backup

There are various scenarios where you may need to restore your iPhone to the original settings. After restoring to the original settings you can then restore your iPhone from a backup but the problem with this may be the initial conflict could have been caused either by a setting or an application installed on the iPhone. Recently I reset my iPhone to its original settings because I thought it would resolve an issue I was having with Visual Voicemail however it did not end up resolving my issue because after restoring from the backup the conflict that caused Visual Voicemail to not work was restored and so Visual Voicemail stopped working again. I will explain the details behind that in another post but below I describe the process of first restoring the original settings to the iPhone followed by restoring everything else from a backup.

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How to Create Photo Albums On Your iPhone On A Windows XP Computer

Creating Photo Albums on your iPhone is not really straight forward so below I will describe numerous ways to organize images on your iPhone. You can use third party applications to organize folders and images or you can use the built in Photo Album functionality. Below I describe how to use either method including tips on what to watch out for and allow you to make an educated decision on the best way to manage your images.

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iPhone on Windows XP SP3, The Computer Cannot Detect the Scanner or Camera

Recently I was working to organize a bunch of images on my iPhone including figuring out the best way to add and manage Photo Albums. Needless to say I was connecting and disconnecting the iPhone from a Windows XP laptop over and over again. At some point in the process Windows started popping up an error when I was attempting to view the images via the Scanner and Camera wizard. At first the issue was just the fact that it was taking forever to load all of the images but eventually the below error stopped me from viewing any images.

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Stop the Auto Play Pop Up When You Plug In Your iPhone or iPod Touch to a Windows XP Computer

Every single time I plug in my iPhone to┬ámy Windows XP computer I get a pop up window asking how I want to handle the images from the iPhone. The most annoying part of this is there is no way from that pop up to tell the computer that you don’t want to be asked every single time. The good news is that it is really easy to tell your computer you do not want to be asked every single time. Follow the instructions below to turn off the pop up every time you plug in your iPhone to your Windows XP computer.

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How to Create Free iPhone Ringtones Using iTunes on Windows

Making ringtones on your iPhone ended up being easier than I thought it would be. At first I was a little frustrated finding out that you couldn’t simply convert sections of mp3’s from the iPhone into the ringtones that you wanted. Not only that but Apple computer users have the ability to create ringtones using Garage Band however that application can not be installed on Windows which leaves PC users a bit out in the cold. Anyhow after poking around I figured out how to convert mp3 files using iTunes, export them out of iTunes, rename them, and then import them back into iTunes to sync with your iPhone. You can cut any section out of any mp3 that is not copyright protected and make it a ringtone on your iPhone from your Windows PC.