I won't go into the nightmare I went through to get Windows 7 to recognize ipod touch 3g. When I tried to reinstall drivers for ipod, it kept showing up as it already found a better driver, MTP USB. It wouldn't install the correct drivers. Sound like you? Here's what I did: Last night I came across this website: http://randomwindowstips.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/windows-7-itunes-9-software-is-not-installed/ In case you can't go there, here's the advice from randomwindowstips.wordpress.com: First off, you will know if the solutions below works for you if you have the following set-up and symptoms: * Windows 7 and iTunes 8 or 9 (I tried both versions) * An iPhone or an iTouch (possible an iPod as well? Not sure on that one) * You receive the following error when you plug in your iPhone: “This iPhone cannot be used because the required software is not installed. Run the iTunes installer to remove iTunes, then re-install iTunes.” * The Apple Mobile Device Service was not installed (to check this, click Start, Run, then type “services.msc” Look for “Apple Mobile Device”. If it doesn’t exist, keep reading. If it does, you have a different problem. * You have tried installing and re-installing already and it didn’t work The problem seems to be, for some reason, iTunes won’t install the Apple Mpbile Device software or service. Even if you extract out the AMDS installation files, it still fails. The SOLUTION is to take the software and service from Vista for AMDS and manually install it. Then, it will work! To do this, I have provided the files you will need and installation instructions. This is a bit technical, but worth it to get your iPhone or iTouch working on windows 7. These instructions are for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 and iTunes 9. Depending on whether you have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows, make sure you select the appropriate files and follow the right instructions, otherwise it won’t work. If you don’t know whether you have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows, right-click on “Computer”, click Properties, then look under “System type” Good luck! 1. If you don’t have it installed lately, install the latest version of iTunes from here. You will need some version of iTunes 9 if you use the files I have in these instructions. 2. Next, you need to manually copy the Mobile Device Support directory from a working Vista machine to your Windows 7 computer. Luckily, I have conveniently provided this file. 32-Bit: Please click here to download this directory for 32-bit Windows. 64-Bit: Please click here to download this directory for 64-bit Windows. 3. Once you download that file, you need to Unzip it to this directory: 32-Bit: Unzip to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple 64-Bit: Unzip to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple 4. There are a large number of files in that directory, so it may take a little time, please be patient 5. Next, we have to merge the registry entries that will install the Apple Mobile Device service. 32-bit: Click here to download the registry entries for 32-bit Windows. 64-bit: Click here to download the registry entries for 64-bit Windows. After you download those registry entries, unzip it to your desktop and double-click each to install it. Say “Yes” to any prompts or confirmations about adding it to the registry. 6. Lastly, we need to install the correct driver for your iPhone / iTouch. Windows 7 incorrectly identifies the device as a digital camera. To fix this: - Plug in your iPhone / iTouch (don’t have iTunes loaded at this time) - Go to Device Manager (Click Start, right-click Computer, then click Properties. In the window that appears choose “Device Manager” on the left) - Scroll down and find “Apple iPod” or “Apple iPhone” or “Apple iTouch”. It will likely be under the “Portable Devices” category. NOTE: If your device is already listed under “Universal serial Bus Controllers” and not Portable Devices, you can skip these steps and go to Step 7. - Right-click the Apple device and choose “Update Driver Software…” - Choose “Browse my computer for driver software” in the window that appears - It will ask you for a location, you want to Browse to this folder: 32-bit: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers 64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers - Click Next - It should find the driver for your device; let it install that driver 7. Once you complete these steps, reboot your computer. Once you reboot everything should work exactly as expected! Good Luck! PS...the first time I tried this it was unsuccessful. Here's what I had to do to make it work: The file could not be saved in the drivers folder, so instead I saved it to my desktop. Then, I unzipped it to the drivers folder and restarted my computer. I came back un, plugged in the ipod, went into device manager and directed the changed driver to the correct folder mentioned above. Lo and behold, it finally began installing the new drivers without a "my driver is better than yours" message. Restarted my computer...STILL got the camera window, but it appears in itunes. NOW I can get ON with my life!!! SHEESH! I really really hope this works for someone else, so all my sweat and time wasn't in vain.