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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Windows 7: Transfer iTunes Library and Settings from Windows XP and Vista

Today was a big day for my Dell computer. Because, I installed iTunes and transferred (moved) my entire music library over to it. This was important because I am retiring my old computer and needed to get my beloved iPod hooked up!

The first piece of amazement for me was that Apple does not provide any tools through the iTunes software or via their website to transfer all of your settings from one machine to another. This can be annoying to setup all of the tabs and keep track of your music library! So, after a little Google searching, I came across Aleksandar Vacić's blog for which he provides a solution:

1. Copy C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\ into the identical folder in new install.
2. Copy C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\ into the identical folder in new install
3. Copy entire contents of old C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\ into the identical folder in new install
However, this does not work for transferring or moving iTunes settings on Microsoft Windows 7 from Microsoft Windows XP (although it does work for Windows Vista to Windows 7). The reason being, is that Microsoft in Windows Vista and Windows 7 they remapped the folders so they do not line up exactly. So, an updated version of Aleksandar's checklist would be:

1. Copy the folder C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\ to the folder C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\

2. Copy C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\ to the folder C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\iTunes

3. Copy entire contents of old C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\ to the folder C:\Users\USERNAME\Music\iTunes

Then start up your iTunes and you will have been successful in the move or transfer of your settings and library to your new Microsoft Windows Vista PC.

Did this solution work for you? If so, please let me know with a comment!

Also, if you are interested in what the mappings of all the old folders in Windows XP were versus what they are in Windows 7.















































Microsoft Windows XPMicrosoft Windows Vista
Application Data AppData\Roaming
Cookies \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies
Local Settings \AppData\Local
My Documents \Documents
NetHood \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
PrintHood \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
Recent \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
SendTo \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
Start Menu \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
Templates \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates


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13 comments:

Peter said...

Thanx a lot for sharing this information with us. :-)

I added a Test Windows 7(x64) PC to my Work - XP on different HD's.

I was confused in not finding an ability to transfer the mediathek originally from Apple.....(so don't blame MS all the time) ;).

Anyway i tryed different possibilities (holding shift while starting iTunes so u can choose the Mediathek), as a similar way described as above. But nothing worked really well....i had all the time "some small problems" (like this one that all programs aren't activated anymore and u have to delte this sc-file...).

With this instruction here, everything worked like a charm, without any troubles.

Only Problem i have, is that the Album Artwork in my iphone is now different from that i have in my itunes (i see Pictures from a Tiesto Podcast in my Rammstein Album on my iphone). In itunes everthing looks okay....but i'm pretty sure this happend before i tryed this version of transfering the mediathek.

If someone has a solution for this, pleas write me a line (email at the end of the text)

So thanx alot again Ken and greetings from Vienna.

polytox@gmx.at

andrea said...

Thanks a lot. Just got a new laptop and it has windows 7 on it and the old one has XP. This worked great! Thanks sooo much

Anonymous said...

I´l be solved usig copytrans

Alberto said...

hi... I too just bought a new computer with Win7; the old one was running Windows XP. I followed your post step by step, but even though the '!' don't immediately show up, once I try to click on certain songs, then iTunes tells me it cannot locate the file :-( Any other advice you can offer??

Anonymous said...

Like Alberto, I had the problem that after implementing the above procedures, the "!" didnt immediately show up, but did when i tried to play a track. However, I noticed that in W7 the path for the actual mp3s in iTunes was C:\Users\USERNAME\Music\iTunes\ITunes Music, but this differed from the standard preference settings in Itunes which was C:\Users\USERNAME\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media. Therefore, the solution is to go to Edit, Preferences, Advanced, then click the Change button, and change this to C:\Users\USERNAME\Music\iTunes\iTunes Music. My PC took about 10 minutes to process the change as I had about 350GB of music. When this was complete there was a message about changing rhe location of the music itself. Click No to this an you are done. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, worked perfectly! Duncan

FortyTwo said...

Thanks so much for this article, have been tearing my hair out all day over this. Tried a straight copy, only to end up with every song having a broken link due to the new folder structure. Then tried adding the contents of the iTunes folder as a fresh library, everything looked fine at first but 10% of the tracks were added with no tags. Wasn't looking forward to renaming hundreds of tracks! This worked perfectly, no broken links or lost podcasts, all playcounts etc intact, don't even have to redo my preferences! Much thanks

Anonymous said...

Woo hoo! these instructions, along with Anon's comment about redirecting itunes to find the right folder, finally worked!! why is this so hard?? but it worked, yay!!

Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Yep, this totally works!
Thank you sooooooooo much!!!! :D

Anonymous said...

PLEASE HELP

Im stuck because i cant figure out how to transfer all my win xp itunes playlist to a computer using win 7...

its really important because we are talking 40 or so playlists. Im a dj so its very importent i dont have to waste hours on redoing the whole thing!

autoxtl said...

Just got this accomplished this weekend for my father-in-law! Win/XP to Win/7 directions worked perfectly. Thanks so much for the tip on how to map the XP folders to the Win/7 equivalents!

Anonymous said...

Thanks dude. This worked like a charm. I'm going to link this on my blog so I won't forget the link in the future.

Anonymous said...

I have been researching to do this and found several with exact same directions, except one that added at the end:
The final step I completed was to launch iTunes and open up preferences. On the advanced tab changed the
iTunes media folder location from c:\users\username\music\iTunes\iTunes Media to
c:\users\username\music\iTunes\iTunes Music.

Now I am unsure of which method to try, as I do not want to lose my songs/data/playlists