Hope someone can help, I've been working on this problem for hours and I'm at my wits end.
I had a lot of apps that I downloaded straight onto my Ipad, so when I decided to upgrade to an Ipad 2, I had a lot of syncing and backing up to do. I came across several problems with this, notabley that syncing would just hang and I would have to crash out of itunes and re-enter, at which point some of the new apps would have updated. I had to do this several times though to ensure I had most, if not all of my apps in the itunes library.
Now following all the advice out there, I plugged in my new Ipad 2, expecting it to offer me the chance to reinstall my backup (taken from the first Ipad). Not a bit of it. It asked me if I wanted to register or continue to set up my itunes store account (which I already have). Nothing like this is supposed to happen according to a lot of the "tutorials" out there, so I unplugged the Ipad 2 and tried to backup the original Ipad again. I got some sort of error message saying "iTunes could not back up the ipad… because a session could not be started with the ipad." After clicking the OK button, I tried syncing again. It eventually stalled again, but not before I'd been able to see all my apps in the app library. So I tried reinstalling the Ipad 2 and got the message "itunes was unable to load provider data from Sync Services. Reconnect or try again later." and I am STILL not getting the option to restore a backup.
What am I supposed to do now? some sites are suggesting I reinstall itunes but I'm terrified that if I do that, I'll lose all my apps and data (that happened once before). I just can't take that risk.