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Android - cannot connect Nexus 7 to PC Windows 7 through usb port

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I bought a Google Nexus 7 tablet and want to transfer files from my PC onto the tablet. When I connect through usb cable, my PC does not recognize the device at all. Read all kinds of confusing things online.

Read that you need to go into "Developer Options" on Nexus 7 and make sure "USB debugging mode" is off, which I did.

It seems I may need an "android usb driver" installed onto my PC - tried to download it through https://www.box.com/s/fb2d11b0d33eac606ef2 got a zipped file with various files in it that will NOT load the driver.

Another confusing thing - I read that files need to be transferred through Windows Media Player (which I never use) and not the file manager (very weird) and read that I need WMP 11 - I have WMP 12, not 11, but I would think that WMP 12 would have the same capability of WMP 11 because it is a later version??

Anybody out there who can help??
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One more thing - I downloaded Microsoft "MTP Porting Kit" too based on what advice I saw online. No change - when I connect tablet to PC, it does not recognize the device anywhere.
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Estar123,

Have you read this:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-configure-the-usb-on-your-nexus-7.html

Here's the steps from it:


    At the Home screen, touch the All Apps button.

    Open the Settings app.

    Choose Storage.

    Touch the Menu icon button, and then choose the command USB Computer Connection.

    The two options are MTP and PTP.

    Ensure that there’s a check mark by the Media Device (MTP) option.

    Touch the Home navigation button to return to the Home screen.
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by:Estar123
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Hi there - I do have the MTP option turned on. I did read that too and made sure I did that. Still no luck whatsoever.

What I find weird is that I cannot actually load the "android usb driver" onto my PC - all I get is a zipped folder with .dll files and .cat files - no executable files to actually run the driver.

I did just now try the free wifi transfer app and I have successfully downloaded a Word document from my PC to the tablet (I think) but cannot actually find the document on my tablet anywhere. I think something is supposed to happen automatically in the app where I can open and view the document, but nothing happens. I only see the directory it was transferred to on my PC, not my tablet. I can't tell how I can get into this directory on my tablet.

Any ideas about where that document may be on my tablet?? Thx.
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When you launch the App, you use a browser on your computer to navigate to the folder you want the files to go into. If you start that now, you should see the folder that you were in last time you used the program, and the file you uploaded should be there. You can use the browser to navigate to a different folder before uploading, so you can put music in the music folder, for example.
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Sorry I disappeared for a while. I think the web based app does work okay, but my problem has resolved quite easily. I simply connected by Nexus to a different USB port and wallah! There it is - I can transfer files from my PC through MS Media Player - super easy. Thanks for the help, however.
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Wow, yeah, I forgot that sometimes USB ports aren't equivalent....
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