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I've had ongoing problems with iTunes not recognizing my iPhone, after numerous uninstalls and reinstalls and a bit of other trouble shooting I've found the easiest option is to exit iTunes, unplug the iPhone and then go to Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features find Apple Mobile Device Support and then click Repair

Is there anyway of creating a single link to do just that?

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While not a full solution, a shortcut to "appwiz.cpl" will get you directly to the "Programs and Features" screen.

Good luck finding a way to shortcut the final step. If there is one, it will probably include some third-party software, which I personally prefer to avoid.

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  • Thanks for the tip, actually it caused me to wonder how appwiz finds the items in its list, more details below
    – baralong
    Feb 16 '11 at 7:22
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After Iszi's answer helped I decided to have a bit of a look as to how programs register themselves with appwiz. It seems it's in the registry so I found

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Msi.Package\shell\Repair\command

With a default value of

"%SystemRoot%\System32\msiexec.exe" /f "%1" %*

I'm not sure that the google tols me the /f is for repair and I guessed that the %1 is for the msi.

I then found "Apple Mobile Device Support" in

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\5AC59C5E5654D9B479DE5080D8776541

Poking around there I found the path to the msi and created a short cut to

%SystemRoot%\System32\msiexec.exe /f "C:\ProgramData\Apple\Installer Cache\Apple Mobile Device Support 3.3.1.3/AppleMobileDeviceSupport64.msi"

It seems to work well enough so far, I expect a similar process will work for other applications too

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