May 092010

I recently started using Windows 7 (as a Parallels Virtual Machine on my new MacBook Pro) and wanted to move my iTunes database (including my Library and Settings) from my old XP laptop to Windows 7 so I can sync my iPhone and not lose any of my information. Regardless of my less than standard setup, this article will explain how to move your iTunes from Windows XP to Windows 7, while preserving all of your media and settings, including iPhone information.

Overall this process is relatively simple. I would highly suggest having an external USB Hard Drive to perform the transfer with. If you do not have an external USB Hard Drive, you can certainly transfer the files over the network if you are capable of doing such.

First you will need to backup/copy the following folders from your XP computer to your external hard drive:

a. C:Documents and SettingsusernameApplication DataApple ComputeriTunes

b. C:Documents and SettingsusernameLocal SettingsApplication DataApple ComputeriTunes

c. C:Documents and SettingsusernameMy DocumentsMy MusiciTunes

Once you have copied these folders from your XP machine to your external drive, connect the drive to your Windows 7 system. Be sure to have iTunes installed on your Windows 7 system.

Copy the folders from above, to the following directories on your Windows 7 computer:

a. Copy the folder in a. above and paste to C:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingApple ComputeriTunes

b. Copy the folder in b. above and paste to C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalApple ComputeriTunes

c. Copy the folder in c. above and paste to C:UsersusernameMusiciTunes

Once you’ve completed the above steps, launch iTunes on your Windows 7 computer and make sure that your Library and other settings are intact. If everything looks good, you can then connect your iPod or iPhone to sync to your new Windows 7 system.

Good luck!

  3 Responses to “How to Transfer iTunes Library and Settings from Windows XP to Windows 7”

Comments (3)
  1. This looks great… but what happens when you don’t have those first two folders? Whenever I attempt to find them in the Application Data folders, all that comes up are folders about Microsoft.

    • Oh, nevermind. My folders were hidden. Thank you so much for this, though!

  2. Additionally, I had to do the following:

    Copy everything from

    WinXP: Documenns anf Settings\ {username} \ My Documents \ My Music \ iTunes

    into the

    Win7 : Users \ {username} \ My Music \ iTunes

    then iTunes finally recognized the library, artwork, apps etc.

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