- Transfer your iTunes

Transferring Your iTunes Library From Windows XP to Windows 7

If you use an iPod / iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad that is synced to a Madison College Windows XP machine, you’ll need to complete these necessary steps to ensure that you can continue syncing your device to your updated Windows 7 machine without needing to erase and reset your device.

If you don't use any of these devices and want to back up your iTunes library, see the special instructions located at the bottom of this webpage.

Step 1 - Back Up Your Windows XP iTunes Library

    1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your Windows XP computer.
      iTunes can be downloaded at www.itunes.com.
      NOTE – The process of downloading and installing can take 15 minutes or longer to complete.

    1. Sync your iPod / iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad as you normally would.

    1. Go to File > Library > Organize Library…
      File Menu - Library - Organize Library Screenshot

      Make sure the checkbox for Organize Library is checked. Click OK.
      Organize Library Window

    1. Deauthorize your computer from iTunes by going to Store > Deauthorize This Computer...
      Store > Deauthorize This Computer Screenshot

      Enter your iTunes Store Apple ID and password. Click Deauthorize.
      Deauthorize This Computer Window



    1. Quit iTunes.

  1. Go to My Documents > My Music.
    Inside the My Music Folder, there is a folder called iTunes.
    Take the iTunes Folder in its entirety and drag it to your External Hard Drive.
    Transfering Your iTunes Library to an External Hard Drive Screenshot

    NOTE - DO NOT alter the iTunes folder name or the names of the files and folders inside.
    NOTE - Depending on how big your iTunes Library is, this process can take 5 minutes to an hour or longer to complete.

Step 2 - Transferring Your iTunes Library to Windows 7

    1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your Windows 7 computer.
      iTunes can be downloaded from www.itunes.com.
      NOTE - If iTunes opens up after installing, quit iTunes.

    1. After iTunes installs, go to UserName > Libraries > Music.

    1. Drag the iTunes Folder from the External Hard Drive and put it inside the Music Folder.
      Transfering iTunes Library From the External Hard Drive to My Music Folder Screenshot

      NOTE - Depending on how big your iTunes Library is, this process can take 5 minutes to an hour or longer to complete.

      NOTE - If iTunes opened up after installing, it will create an iTunes Folder inside the Music Folder. This folder contains a blank iTunes Library. Follow Steps 4 & 5 if you see an iTunes Folder in the Music Folder.

    1. If there is an iTunes folder present, you will be asked if you want to “Copy and Replace.”
      Copy and Replace Window

      Check the checkbox in the lower left hand corner.
      Select Copy and Replace.

    1. If there is an iTunes folder present, you may be asked if you want to replace folders or files.
      Confirm Folder Replace Window

      Check the checkbox in the lower left hand corner.
      Select “Yes” or “Ok.”

    1. After the iTunes folder transfer is complete, open iTunes.

    1. Check to see if your Music, Movies, TV Shows, iTunes U, Podcasts and Apps have transferred.

    1. Authorize your computer to make purchases on the iTunes by going to Store > Authorize This Computer...
      Store - Authorize This Computer Screenshot

      Enter your iTunes Store Apple ID and password. Click Authorize.
      Authorize This Computer Window

  1. Connect your iPod / iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad to your computer and sync your device.

Backing Up Only Your iTunes Library

Only use this method IF you don't sync an iPod / iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad with your Madison College XP machine and only wish to backup your iTunes library.

If you don't use an iPod / iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad with your Madison College Windows XP machine and you wish to backup your iTunes Library, follow the above directions but skip the steps that require you to sync your device.

 

Questions?

Please visit our iTunes Library FAQ if you have questions.