I've had to reinstall Windows Vista on my laptop so need to get iTunes running again and backup my iPad2 which I haven't been able to do for several months due to the laptop issues. Due to a previous "adventure" with iTunes I'm a bit paranoid that I'm going to wipe my iPad. I am sill running 5.1 as I don't want to upgrade until I've backed up. I have my Music backed up on the laptop but don't want to transfer that to the iPad. What I really want to do is make sure my Apps on the iPad are backed up. I have some films on the iPad too but these are already backed up on the laptop so not sure if I can leave them out of the backup? Not bothered about photos as I can get them back on.
Please can someone confirm whether the following is the way to go:
1. Have installed latest version of iTunes and authorised laptop.
2. Have tisked to ensure that the iPad doesn't sync automatically.
3. Plug in iPad, right-click on device name and Transfer Purchases.
4. When Transfer finished, File>Device>Backup and backup the iPad.
5. Upgrade to iOS 6.
Have I missed anything or am I doing anything wrong please? Also, what is the difference between backup and sync?
Many thanks for any help.