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I have a Windows PC that doesn't have iTunes installed, because I don't want it. But I still want to be able to use other software to transfer data from my iPad, which means I need the drivers for it.

Apparently, they only install with iTunes, but is it possible to install them standalone, with no other software needed?

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couldn't you install then uninstall iTunes? – abc905 Dec 26 '11 at 9:20
@abc905 I haven't tried that, but I presume that would uninstall the drivers with it. – kirb Dec 26 '11 at 13:15

I found this tip from DiskAid website:

You need to manually install the required driver, the "Apple Mobile Device Support" or AMDS.

  1. Download the iTunes installation package from the official Apple Website.
  2. You need a program that can open a CAB file and extract contents from it. 7-zip or WinRar can do it.
  3. Inspect the content of the iTunes installer iTunes64Setup.exe (that you downloaded in step 1) with 7-zip (right click, 7-zip, Open archive). 7-zip will show the files inside that installer file.
  4. Extract AppleApplicationSupport.msi and AppleMobileDeviceSupport64.msi from the installer file to harddisk.
  5. Run AppleApplicationSupport.msi and then AppleMobileDeviceSupport64.msi.

After AppleMobileDeviceSupport64 is installed, windows should be able to detect the iDevice.

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