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Moving your iTunes Library from Vista to Windows 8 by Network, Backups on an External Hard Drive, USB Thumb drive, or CD / DVD or 'easy transfer cable'
We like to keep our iTunes Last Played, iTunes Date Modified, iTunes Date Added and iTunes Plays Count when we move to a New Computer
Update May 2013: Moving from Windows 8 64 bit to Vista 32 Bit and Moving with an external drive: See at the end of this page CLICK HERE
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REMEMBER TO DEAUTHORIZE your iTunes on your old computer if you are not keeping the old computer.
iTunes always assumes your want to create a brand new library. iTunes last play dates, iTunes play count, play lists, file creation and modified date data is lost if you just copy your library without moving some files from hidden areas in Windows Vista and Windows 7 and Windows 8
Our old computer set up:
Our preferred method of moving files is over our network (both the new and old computers are plugged into our router). Please note that our old computer was Window Vista Home Premium SP 2 - 32 bit; our new computer Window 8 - 64 bit.
This procedure applies to moving data over your in-home router network from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and Windows 8. It will be similar if you use an Easy Transfer Cable. This procedure requires different steps if you are using a USB thumb drive, external USB or Firewire Drive, or DVD or if you are moving from Windows XP. Options for external and thumbnail drives are detailed at the end of this Page
The following steps worked for us. PLEASE READ, understand, and print THIS ENTIRE iTunes Transfer PROCEDURE BEFORE YOU START. You may note possible questions or pitfalls in this procedure or in your configuration
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We have the same USER ACCOUNT Name on our old computer and our new computer. The success of this procedure was not tested where there are different account names between the old and new systems. We assume it will work but it is untested.
Copying your music:
Note: See the end of this page before you start
The procedure to this point gives you a successful library transfer and a new iTunes Music library on your new computer. However, we like to retain our song play count, edit dates, create date and so on so we continued with the procedure as follows
Note: there are a lot of files in the following folders (our 'lot of files' was over 5,000, and over 1 GB). These files are related to playlists, artwork, synchs, synchronizations and backups, iTunes Updates and so on. (We have an iPod Classic an iPod Nano, an iPhone, and an iTouch - and maybe an iPad soon)
Continue by manually copying the following folders We copied everything in these folders - it worked for us.
You will find the folders in the same location on your old Vista Machine and the New Windows 7 Machine
(If you have Windows XP, the USER ACCOUNT folder names are similar to those listed below but they are in several different locations. You will have to find them and put them in the correct location for Windows 7 on your new machine - we have not tested, successfully or otherwise, moving the folders from XP to Windows 7. In fact we don't know if moving from XP locations to New Windows 7 locations works but we assume it will)
Complete by copying to the Windows 7 and Windows 8 locations:
Your iTunes library should have the same data, played dates and counts, added date and account, etc. on both your new and old computer
Note: We did the easy transfer with only one monitor via our network router.
NEW: The following procedure works by NOT using Easy Transfer and router and works for Moving from Windows 7 64 bit to Vista 32 Bit via an external drive:
We have been streaming iTunes from my Windows 7 64 bit to my Windows Vista 32 machine via a 'mapped' drive on my Vista PC. We decided to stop the streaming and copy my library, play dates, playlists - that is, everything in iTunes to the Vista Machine so I could reduce network traffic. I robocopied the data using an external drive and Robocopy (a Windows command line program that is in every version of Windows)
These steps can be used for thumb drives and external drives - make sure your thumb drive is large enough to hold all your music
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BACKUPS in case something goes wrong
The 'downgrade' from a 64 bit PC to a 32 bit PC worked fine. Theses steps will retain both the Windows Time stamps and the internal iTunes dates play counts etc
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- Transfer using Windows Easy Transfer
- We can help in New York City - register on the contact page
- This procedure keeps play counts, last played date, create date and backups for iPods, iPhones, iTouch and, we assume, iPads
- Moving iTunes from Windows 32 bit to 64 bit Windows 7
- This procedure retains library play lists and all the account info we rely upon
- iTunes works great on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows machines
- We like to keep our iTunes Last Played, Date Modified, Date Added and Plays Count when we Move iTunes to a New Computer
- The Easy Transfer cable costs anywhere from an estimated $15 to $50. We prefer to buy a router for $50 (and cheap network cables at Newegg . com)