Switching a device that an iPhone/iPad syncs too

We have a client that recently purchased a new Windows 8 PC with the touch screen interface.

He currently has his iPhone/iPad syncing to his wife's apple laptop but he would like to have his iphone/ipad sync to his new Windows PC.

I am no iPad or Macintosh expert but as far as I know when you start syncing an ipad/iphone to a new device (especially going from mac to pc) that the device is wiped clean once the initial sync to the new device is performed.

Is that correct?

So my main question is there an easy way to have his ipad/iphone sync to a new device without him losing all of his apps/pictures/music ect?

Thanks
akus1Asked:
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XaelianCommented:
Yes syncing your iPhone with a new computer or reinstalled iTunes will delete the content on your Phone, however you can follow this guide and it won't happen.
http://lifehacker.com/5954309/how-to-transfer-everything-from-your-iphone-to-itunes-on-a-new-computer
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jmmarquetaCommented:
You must download and install "iTunes" from the Apple support page. Once you connect the ipad to the W8 PC, ipad start the sync with te PC.
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akus1Author Commented:
The old PC it is synced too is a Mac and the new PC is Windows 8 so I presume I would download and install the version for Windows and then connect the ipad transfer the files. Install iTunes then use the sharepod application to import to iTunes, correct?

Also, with syncing the apps. I'm a little confused. Would I first install iTunes then connect the ipad then select the ipad and "Transfer purchases"?
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