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How to tranfer my itunes to new pc with windows 7

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#1 greystoke


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Posted 28 December 2009 - 05:34 PM

New pc with windows 7. Old with windows xp. Large itunes music files (ipod).

How do i move to new pc and have the itunes program recognize my music files?

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 11:49 AM

Are all of your music files currently on your iPod? Has your XP computer crashed and those files are inaccessible?

It makes a difference. There are many tutorials on the web for how to simply move your files from one computer to another. You have to deauthorize your XP machine first, install iTunes on the Win7 machine, and then follow the steps that Apple suggests. Here's their tutorial link:

How to use your iPod to move your music to a new computer

However, if your XP machine has crashed, been infected by a virus, or for some other reason prevents you from deauthorizing your old computer, and all you have are the files currently on your iPod, there is a way:

Download iTunes 9.0.2 from this site: Apple iTunes download You will need to know if you have the 32-bit version of Win7 or the 64-bit version, as there are two different versions of iTunes for Win7, depending on which bit version you have. The link for both is on this one site.

Follow this help file for setting your iTunes to synch manually: iTunes for Windows 9.0 Help I'm suggesting this because for some reason when we tried to auto synch our iPod after following these steps, Windows continually crashed. Once we manually synched iTunes, crashes no longer occurred.

Plug in your iPod. It will be recognized by iTunes, but because you have set it to manually synch, it will not attempt to auto synch, and since you haven't deauthorized your account, iTunes won't see anything there. If I recall correctly, the window will appear blank.

Watch this YouTube video of exactly how to get your music off of your iPod. Then, watch it again, pausing it while you follow the steps: How to transfer songs from iPod to computer for free

Keep in mind that the YouTube video instructions are for Windows XP (as far as setting your machine to show hidden files and folders). It is slightly different in Windows 7.

These steps worked for us, as my son's computer was infected beyond recovery with a horrible root kit virus (at least more than I wanted to work to repair it). He had all of his music on his 8 GB iPod, but the virus prevented us from accessing any files on his XP machine. We got a new Windows 7 machine in October, searched and searched to figure out how to get his music on the new computer, and finally figured out this method. He's been enjoying it ever since.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 02:30 PM

An alternate method is to download SharePod.
Just download that onto your new computer, plug in your ipod, and you should see an option to "Copy all music to computer" or something similar. It will then transfer all the music on your iPod to your new computer where it can then be opened in iTunes.

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