RedSn0w Lite Now on Windows Too! (updated)

The Dev Team released RedSn0w Lite not too long ago. This is the tethered jailbreak for the iPod Touch 2G. It was Mac compatible only however. But thanks to some programs by people RedSn0w Lite is now possible for Windows. Problem is it’s hard, there are a few choices, and a guide is needed. So here we go.

UPDATE: The tutorial has been re-written to make it easier for you.

What You Will Need:

The GUI Jailbreak
RedSn0w Booter
Calm and Patience


  • Create a folder on your Desktop called “Jailbreak”
  • Extract the two files above into the “Jailbreak” folder but in separate folders.
  • Kill both “iTunes” and the “iTunesHelper” process.
  • Unplug your iPod and the USB cable
  • Open up the GUI program and if you don’t have the two packages it says on the home screen please click on the button to install them. Once done you can plug your iPod back in.
  • Place the 2.2.1 ISPW firmware file into the same folder the GUI program is in.


  • Start up the GUI program. Click next.
  • From the list of files select the 2.2.1 ISPW file. Then click “Start making ISPW file”. This will take a few minutes. When finished in the same folder as the GUI program you will have another ISPW file named “JailbrokenISPW”. Remember that. Now click on next.
  • Now you need to put your iPod into DFU mode. You need to be PRECISE on your timing here. Hold the power and home button for 10 seconds. Then let go of the power button but keep holding the home button for 8 seconds. If this worked your iPod’s screen should be blank.
  • Now press the “Upload DFU file” button. When that finishes, unplug your iPod for 2 second then plug it back in. If it worked your iPod’s screen should now be completly white. If so then press the “Upload 0wnboot patch” button. When that is done press next.
  • Now press the “Press me” button. This will open up a CMD window. Right click on the window and click paste. Wait for this to finish.
  • When it finishes open up iTunes and close the GUI program. It will say your iPod is in recovery mode. Now hold down the shift key and press restore. There, navigate to the folder where the “JailbrokenISPW” file is and select it. Wait for iTunes to finish restoring it. When it restarts your computer will not recognize it. But don’t worry.

Part 2:

Now pay attention to Part 2. These are the steps you need to follow when your iPod reboots.

  • Make sure iTunes and the “iTunesHelper” process are dead.
  • Open up the “Redsn0w Booter”. It’s pretty simple.
  • Again put your iPod into DFU mode by holding the power and home button for exactly 10 seconds and then release the power button but keep holding the home button for 8 seconds.
  • Once your iPod is in DFU mode simply press the “Boot” button. In around 20-30 seconds  your iPod will boot up. If your iPod stays in a white screen and the CMD window is not open, make sure iTunes and the “iTunesHelper” process are dead and try again.

And you are done. You have jailbroken your iPod Touch 2G! Now something important. I STRONGLY recommend before running Cydia or anything that you sync all your stuff from iTunes. You can still sync later but at least for me I encountered a lot less bugs when I synched all my stuff first. After you sync make sure to run Cydia first. Then from there you are on your own. Remember it is a tethered jailbreak so you must run the booter every time your iPod restarts. If you are not familiar with some terms please see this FAQ I wrote on the tethered jailbreak.

Please be aware of 3 things:

– One is that after EVERY reboot, you must run the steps above.
– That this is a somewhat “beta” release from the Dev Team, that they or non of the people who made the software above are responsible for anything. And neither are we.
– And that the Dev Team is not providing ANY support for redsn0w lite.

Whether the tethered jailbreak is for you or not depends on whether you mind going to your computer every time your iPod reboots. Your choice. But at least you know how to now. The Dev Team is working hard on the full un-thered version of redsn0w which will not require you to run the booter after every reboot and is much easier to use. But this is not as easy as you might think.

There is also a semi-tethered version now out. Basically what this is, once you run the booter you can use your jailbroken stuff. When it reboots, if you are using the semi-tethered jailbreak, what will happen is your iPod will boot into normal mode. All your jailbreak stuff will still be there but you can’t use them. I personally do not like this because it requires more work, it’s a bit more complicated, and a lot of jailbreak apps (such as Winterboard) must be patched. So I prefer the tethered version.