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  • [Windows] How to Jailbreak iPod Touch 1G & 2G Firmware 3.0 with RedSn0w
    With RedSn0w 0.7.2 iPod Touch 1g and 2g users can jailbreak 3.0 firmware on Windows. Before following this guide please restore your iPod Touch to 3.0 firmware. To get the 3.0 firmware you have to connect to iTunes, check for updates, and buy it for about $10. Yes Apple is screwing you. Positive side is that if you have both a 1g and a 2g you get to download firmware for both for $10.

    You will need RedSn0w 0.7.2 which you can download right here along with the 3.0 firmware file for your device. Since you already bought and downloaded the firmware in order to upgrade to 3.0 you can find it one your computer

    iPod2,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw is the iPod Touch 2g 3.0 firmware file.
    iPod1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw is the iPod Touch 1g 3.0 firmware file.

    On XP they are located in
    CDocuments and Settings\ YOUR USER NAME \Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates\

    On Vista the are located in
    CUsers\ YOUR USER NAME \AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates\

    Lets begin. Extract redsn0w-win_0.7.2.zip to a location on your computer and run redsn0w.exe.

    Click Browse.

    Find your firmware file, select it, and click Open.

    RedSn0w will tell you that the ISPW has been successfully identified. Click Next.

    You'll see a pop up as RedSn0w does some stuff.

    Select to Install Cydia and click Next.

    Now you should plug in your iPod Touch and turn it off. Once you are done click Next.

    RedSn0w gives you instructions. We are entering DFU mode now. First hold the power button for 3 seconds.

    Keep holding the power button and start holding the home button for 10 seconds.

    Release the power button but continue holding the home button for 30 seconds.

    RedSn0w does its thing. Let it.

    Finally RedSn0w has finished loading everything onto your iPod Touch. You will see a pretty screen on your iPod as it is being jailbroken. Don't mess with your iPod while all this is going on. After your iPod restarts you are done!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Windows] How to Jailbreak iPod Touch 1G & 2G Firmware 3.0 with RedSn0w started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 188 Comments
    1. jailwut wunnow's Avatar
      jailwut wunnow -
      Here's how I did my 1g on XP:
      -Removed all media (music/vids/pics and left the apps alone) and backed up 2.2.1 jb first
      -Restored to a fresh 2.2.1 then backed that one up. (To have a clean backup and not a jb one.)
      -Updated to 3.0 by shift+clicking the update and choosing the fw in the official folder.
      -Backed up again to have a clean 3.0 backup for after jailbreaking.
      -I put a copy of the fw into the redsn0w folder and started redsn0w.
      Here's where I did it differently:
      -Instead of browsing to the fw in the redsn0w folder, I used the one in the official apple folder. (I had noticed after updating there were a couple of "signature files" in there.)
      -Install ONLY Cydia. Others have ran into errors when checking both to install.
      -I left the ipod on until the step to "turn it off" then just followed the steps. And I have a clean 3.0 back up to use to get all my contacts, etc.
      -5 minutes later I'm installing SSH and looking around the file system.

      Things couldn't have ran smoother.
      Hopes this helps.
    1. dpowell02's Avatar
      dpowell02 -
      I can't find the .ipsw file on my computer. I'm running XP and it's not in the location specified by the OP. I just downloaded and updated my iTouch to FW 3.0 today. I ran a window search for the specified filename and it pulled up nothing. Not even any .ipsw files, if in fact I was doing a file type search correctly. Anyways, has anyone else ran into this?
    1. jailwut wunnow's Avatar
      jailwut wunnow -
      Go to control panel - folder options - view tab. Under "hidden files and folders tick "show hidden files and folders"

      Then you should be able to find the ipsw at C:/docs and settings/owner (or whatever your user name is)/ app data/ apple comp/ itunes/ ipod software updates
    1. TreoTra93's Avatar
      TreoTra93 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sebgonz View Post
      My 2g itouch keeps getting stuck with a full progress bar on the itouch itself when I try to update to 3.0. It doesn't do that when I use 2.2.1 tho. Anyone know what I need to do? I have the latest version of itunes.
      I've heard alot about having problems with the latest iTunes with jailbroken devices so you should probably install the latest beta instead.
    1. hollandvw's Avatar
      hollandvw -
      Cydia won't install anything. I did a free download of 3.0, then cydia didn't install anything, so I installed 3.0 with itunes and it didn't change a thing.

      Might as well not install icy, you can install it in cydia anyways.
    1. Rustynuts's Avatar
      Rustynuts -
      Great work as usual guys.. Works perfect..

      For those that are using Vista 64. Make sure you run the program in Admin
    1. hollandvw's Avatar
      hollandvw -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollandvw View Post
      Cydia won't install anything. I did a free download of 3.0, then cydia didn't install anything, so I installed 3.0 with itunes and it didn't change a thing.
      I guess installing icy fs up the jailbreak, so you have to rereset the iPod, accidently set up the iPod as a clean factory settings iPod (I use aptbackup), so you do the process again, your mom tells you you can't be on her computor for a week because you're on it all the time, so you can't theme the fing thing, and you're iPod doesn't have the iTunes account memorized, even though everything good on the app store is $.99, and there are few lite versions of apps unless they're games, and you can't use appulo because the iPod doesn't have a download plug-in because resetting an iPod removes all the good stuff, and I'm typing this on my iPod with one hand, do I can't type fast, and auto correct is not reconising some words. I despratly crave the jailbreak. Autocorrect corrected jailbreak because it had a k instead of j.
    1. coldiee's Avatar
      coldiee -
      This is great. Took less than 5 min.
    1. AaronK's Avatar
      AaronK -
      I used this and after a few attempts it works fine. I would recommend to only load 1 of the 2 options, icy or cydia. Cydia is working fine with my ipod touch 2G. The windows 7 theme is very cool, along with many of the other aps I've familiar with from my previous jailbreak.

      I've been using Palm PDA's for years, and I have the Palm TX, which I would like to be able to transfer my contacts, memos, calender to my ipod touch 2G. I have the latest 3.0 firmware but I havent been able to work out how to do this transfer via bluetooth. Has anyone worked out how to transfer files?

      Vista seems to give a bit of trouble, I would suggest you try windows xp to do this.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jomann View Post
      Stuck at "rebooting" screen for over five mintues, just after the third faze.

      OS: windows vista home premium x64
      I bet they didn't even test it on a x64 machine did they?
      I will report back after a while, if it doesn't restart i will have to restart it myself.

      report: had to restart it myself, no errors when I turned it back on, however the cydia icon is not on the
      springboard. however I believe all the jailbreak files are installed on my iPod I will try to drag cydia into iTunes and sync it to see what happens. will report back in a little while.

      just remembered its not an ipa file so nothing I can do, however I believe if I were to either try again or restore my iPod will simply brick (safe brick) and I would have to get special tools to fix it.

      If anyone else has this EXACT PROBLEM please reply to this post.

      Just tried it on my old computer with xp 32 bit. worked perfectly.

      a note to anyone on vista 64 bit you should use windows xp for this on a 32 bit system, or vista 32 bit system for best results.
    1. AaronK's Avatar
      AaronK -
      I recently jailbroke my ipod touch 2G using redsnow & the 3.0 firmware. for the 1st couple of days all was well until yesterday, when I discovered that many of my apple aps stopped working, once I synced with my computer via itunes, it seemed to work well as normal, but then the aps just stop working again? Any suggestions where I maybe going wrong? or is there a patch for our ipods?
    1. gaurav_supernova's Avatar
      gaurav_supernova -
      I bought an itouch 2nd gen in march.I recently updated my firmware to 3.0 and nw i hv fw 3.0
      But the problem is,even though i paid $10 and downloaded it,i cant find the *.ipsw file needed for the first step.Please help!!! I even searched in the hidden files, bt no use!!
    1. tommyjohn05's Avatar
      tommyjohn05 -
      i need the guide for itouch with earlier firmware then 3.0 can u link me?
    1. cammm's Avatar
      cammm -
      iiiii have jailbroken got cydia and icy... but when i try to install anything from cydia it has repeating messages of ''cached failure'' and ''host unreachable''. any idea how to fix it? im on ipod touch 1G 8g [i kno worst possible ipod but i didnt choose it]

      help much appreciated :]
    1. CausalXXLinkXx's Avatar
      CausalXXLinkXx -
      im on windows xp, ipod 1st gen 3.0 that i bought a few days ago, i did everything up until it says its waiting for it to reboot, and it does nothing. just sits there... doing nothing... any suggestions?
    1. poorsod's Avatar
      poorsod -
      i've got vista x64, ipod touch 1g.
      Redsnow uploaded ramdisk and then it say "done". The upload kernel thing doesn't shows up. (i tried it hundred times) The ipod makes nothing, the picture of the hd is still on the screen, but nothing happens.

      Can anyone help me? had someone the same problem?
    1. deathbunny's Avatar
      deathbunny -

      I've followed instructions word for word and could not get firmware 3.0 load via Redsn0w. I'm currently on 2.21 and everything in the instructions go fine until it shows the "downloading update" page. This would last 15 minutes and it woud go to the "restore picture with the usb".. I've done it fine on my Iphone 3G without a glitch. Is there something that I need to do differently??

    1. morr23's Avatar
      morr23 -
      this did it all for me... thanks so much... you were a savior!
    1. AaronK's Avatar
      AaronK -
      if it dosent install correctly, just start all over again. Make sure the redsnow and iPod2,1_3.0_7A341_Restore are fresh and you shouldnt have a problem.
    1. poorsod's Avatar
      poorsod -
      But i have a problem and i have the new 3.0 software on the ipod and the new redsnow 0.7.2... Had nobody the same problem?
    1. Giourkas's Avatar
      Giourkas -
      Done, Thanks.