My ipod nano isn't being recognized by itunes. why not?

when i try to connect my ipod nano to my laptop it wont connect. itunes says it cant recognize it all of a sudden. can someone help me fix this issue?

After doing everthing recommended online unsuccessfully I tried this. Bear in mind this is with a 64 bit Windows 8.1 OS. 
Here it is:
1.Control Panel
2.Programs
3. Uninstall or Change Programs
4. Uninstall iTunes
5. Uninstall Apple application support, mobile device support, software update (I even removed Bonjour and Quicktime).
6. Go to apple.com and download iTunes again from the beginning.
7. See if it works (hope it does)
You'll have to download Quicktime again, but no big deal. After I did this my laptop and iTunes finally recognize my nano and iPhone 3GS. In my control panel it appears that the other applications have also been restored (as you would expect). For those of you still stuck despite the recommendations online, I hope this helps you out.
Good luck!
CV

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