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Ipod touch 4th gen..updated to the most recent iOS and can not synch to get my apps and music back

Time:October 11
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... my ipod locked up.  I found the instructions to reboot.  I then had to reset it to factory settings.  Now the ipod will not synch to bring back all my apps and music (which I can see on my itunes account). When I connect to the computer with the USB cable, it opens up itunes and goes right to the 'set up your ipod' screen and asks me to restore from a backup.  I have done this at least three times.  I even dissabled my security / antivirus software and still no success. What steps am I missing?
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If he still has any backup, for example as part of the computer backup routine, he could restore the settings and data again by replacing the iTunes backup folder. The folder is located here:
Windows XP:\Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Windows Vista and Windows 7:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Note: If you do not see the AppData or Application Data folders, you may need to show hidden files (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7), or iTunes may not be installed in the default location. Show hidden files and then search the hard drive for the Backup directory.
copied from: iTunes: About iOS backups
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