So your iPhone 3G is hopelessly stuck in Recovery or Restore and you are about ready to toss it out and start all over. You have searched the Internet for a solution but you keep getting the run around when it comes to tech support. Here is some help on how to get your iPhone 3G working properly again.
You will need your iPhone 3G of course, iTunes, Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, Registry Cleanup Utility, and Windows XP. The quickest fix for your iPhone 3G is to sync it to a different computer. This will cause the computer to recognize it as a new device and install the software on it like it’s never been used before.
However, be advised that everything you have on it now will be gone. If you managed to hook up the iPhone to a new computer you can sync it to that computer. It will recognize that it is synced with another computer and ask you if you want to sync it to this one; do so. WARNING! Do not make the mistake of disconnecting your Iphone 3G while syncing is in progress or else you will get stuck in the restore mode again.
If you do not have another computer to sync it with use the iPhone Restore ModeBackup to backup your applications, videos, music, and applications. This is a precautionary measure. Uninstall Quicktime, iTunes, and other Apple component software from your computer. Follow the process listed on the Apple Support page, Removing Quicktime, iTunes, and other software components for Windows XP. The link is available in the resources section. Restart your computer when done. To make sure everything is completely uninstalled run the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility. Restart your computer. If you have a registry cleanup utility run the program and restart your computer.
Install the latest version of iTunes. Restart your computer. Open iTunes and connect your iPhone 3G. Once iTunes recognizes your phone it will prompt you to download the latest iPhone software. Follow the installation instructions in the Apple iPhone Software Update page. WARNING! Do not make the mistake of disconnecting your iPhone 3G while syncing is in progress or else you will be stuck in the repair mode again. These steps have hopefully helped you return your iPhone 3G to its original working condition. Even after a successful recovery your phone may revert back to being stuck. If so simply repeat the process.