Playing with Windows 8 tonight for a project. Seems that Installing HTC Sync disables MTP for everything else. I dunno why, but I can verify this happens every single time on my computer. It's easy to fix. (tl;dr -- Windows sucks, HTC Sync sucks)

1. Install HTC Sync if you need to, then restart.
2. Plug in a device that uses the generic Microsoft MTP driver.
3. Find it in the device manager (look for the yellow triangle)
4. Right click, and choose "Update Driver Software ..."
5. Choose "Browse my computer for driver software"
6. Choose "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
7. Scroll down and pick "portable devices", click Next
8. Choose Standard MTP Device > MTP USB Device
9. When it warns you that things may go tits up, click yes anyway.

I hate Windows.
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