iPhone shows no pictures in Windows Explorer
When I plugged in my iPhone it showed up as a camera in Windows Explorer. But there were no photos. Against better judgment, I started the Scanner and Camera Wizard (Start menu, All Programs, Accessories). This is just a shortcut pointing to
wiaacmgr.exe -SelectDevice that will assist in the copying process. But of course, it too told me "There are currently no pictures on your camera." Oops.
Windows detected the iPhone alright but showed no photos.
(Yes, I know, this is still XP, but there's a reason for that.)
The wizard told me what I already knew.
After some trial and error I discovered why this failed for me more often than that it worked. I have my phone locked with a code and the iPhone needs to be unlocked before it is plugged in or the camera roll folder will not be accessible. Unlock the iPhone, plug it in, and Windows Explorer displays the camera roll photos. Unlocking the phone after it has been plugged in does not work. If the iPhone times out while it is plugged in will still leave the photos accessible.
From iOS 7 on, when plugging the iDevice in for the first time it will ask whether the computer can be trusted or not. Obviously, that message needs to be acknowledged first.