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Start Over: Restore Your iPad’s Software

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Posted May 10 2010 08:50 AM

If you're prepared to start over and would like to restore your iPad to its factory default settings, and don't mind completely wiping all your files and apps, then continue reading this excerpt from Biersdorfer's iPad: The Missing Manual for a step-by-step account of the process.
Just like the operating system that runs your desktop computer, your iPad has its own software that controls everything it does. Restoring the iPad software isn’t the same thing as updating it. Restoring is a much more drastic procedure, like reformatting the hard drive on your PC or Mac. For one thing, restoring the software erases everything on your iPad.

So, restore with caution, and do so only if you try all the other troubleshooting measures in this chapter. If you decide to take the plunge, first make sure you have the most recent version of iTunes, then proceed as follows:

➊ Start iTunes, and connect your iPad to your computer with its cable.

➋ When the iPad appears in the iTunes Source list, click its icon to see the Summary information (in the main area of the iTunes window).

➌ In the Summary area, click the Restore button.

➍ As mentioned back on page xx, iTunes gives you the chance to back up your iPad’s settings—like your preferences for contacts and calendar syncing and other personalized data on your iPad. This means much less work getting your iPad all re-personalized after you reinstall its software. But if you want to wipe every trace of your existence from the iPad, skip the backup.

➎ Because restoring erases everything on your iPad, you get a warning message. If you’re sure you want to continue, click Restore again.

➏ If you use a Mac, enter an administrator password; a progress bar appears on your iPad’s screen. Leave the iPad connected to your computer to complete the restoration process. You may also see an Apple logo appear on-screen.

After iTunes finishes the restore process, its Setup Assistant window appears asking you to name your iPad and choose your syncing preferences—just like when you connected your iPad for the first time. Let the iPad automatically update your files, or add your songs, photos, and videos back manually and see if this little procedure fixed the tablet’s predicament.
iPad: The Missing Manual

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The iPad 2 is faster, lighter, and more versatile than its predecessor, but there's still no printed guide to using its amazing features. That's where this full-color Missing Manual comes in. Learn how to stream HD video, make video calls, manage your email, surf the Web, listen to music, play games, and maybe even do a little iWork. It's the book that should have been in the box.

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