Apple's iPod works with Windows- and Mac-based computers. It's possible to use an iPod in both Windows and Mac if the iPod is formatted in iTunes for Windows. A Mac reads iPods formatted by Windows or Mac, but a Windows computer can only use an iPod formatted for Windows. You must restore the iPod to factory settings to use a Mac formatted iPod on Windows. This will erase the contents of the iPod, including music, videos, contacts and all settings.
Double-click on the iTunes shortcut on the desktop or in the "Start" menu. Plug your iPod into your computer using the USB cable that came with it.
Click the iPod icon on the left side of the window. Click the "Restore" button in the "Summary" tab.
Wait for the restore process to finish and follow the instructions provided by iTunes. Depending on your iPod model, iTunes will either tell you to unplug and charge the iPod, or leave it plugged in until instructed to finish the process.
Enter a name and syncing preferences for the iPod when the iTunes Setup Assistant appears. The iPod is ready to synchronize with iTunes.
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