When you try to disconnect an iPod from a Windows-Vista based computer, the data on the iPod may become corrupted. This article describes how you can download an update that prevents this problem from occurring in the future. Note that the update addresses only the issue in which the Eject command does not work when you right-click the iPod through Windows Explorer or when you use the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area. If you are searching for troubleshooting information that is not referred to in this article, please try searching the Knowledge Base again by using keywords that describe your problem. This article provides step-by-step guidance that leads you through downloading the update and how you can prevent this problem from occurring.
This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user. You may find it easier to follow the steps if you print this article first.
Consider the following scenario. You have an Apple iPod
that is connected to a Windows Vista-based computer through a USB connection.
Then, you disconnect the iPod from the computer. In this scenario, the data on
the iPod may become corrupted.
This problem may occur if you use one
of the following methods to disconnect the iPod:
You use the Safely Remove Hardware feature in the
notification area to disconnect the iPod. Then, you disconnect the USB
You use the Eject command in Windows
Explorer to disconnect the iPod. Then, you disconnect the USB cable.
Currently, the list of hotfixes and security updates is available only in English.
Before we begin, we have to determine whether you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows Vista operating system so that we can guide you to the instructions that match your system. If you already know which version of the Windows Vista operating system is running on your computer, go to Method 2. If you are not sure which version your computer is running, go to Method 1.
Method 1: Determine whether a computer is running a 32-bit Microsoft Windows operating system or a 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating system
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, type system in the Start Search box, and then click system in the Programs list.
The operating system is listed as follows:
For a 64-bit version operating system: 64-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.
For a 32-bit version operating system: 32-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.
Method 2: Install update 936824
To download update 936824, complete these steps:
Download the update.
following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most
current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file
was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent
any unauthorized changes to the file.
If you receive a message that states that the update is not applicable, see the "Known issues" section.
Restart your computer after you apply this update.
To learn how to prevent this problem from occurring in the future, see the "Prevention tips" section. To learn how to restore corrupted data, see the "Workaround" section.
Update replacement information
This update replaces update 933824.
The English version of this update has the file
attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table.
The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time
(UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To
find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time
Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control
If the data on the iPod is corrupted, you can try restoring it. To do this, select the iPod in the Apple iTunes user interface. Then, on the Summary tab, click Restore to restore the iPod to working condition.
To safely disconnect your iPod from a Windows-Vista based computer, read the "Prevention tips" section.
To prevent this problem in the future, Apple recommends that you always use iTunes to disconnect or to eject an iPod. To eject an iPod in iTunes, click Eject
iPod on the Controls menu. Then, disconnect the USB
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