Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 6:56 PM (in response to Sobranie)
I can't help you with the playlists because I never did understand Windoze. However, you can get the songs again without being charged.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 7:29 PM (in response to Sobranie)
Well, any "IT Advisor" worth his salt would have backed up your data BEFORE he upgraded your PC to Windows 7.
With that said, an upgrade should not have affected your installed programs or your data.
To find your iTunes library, there should be a folder on the desktop with your name on it. This is where all of your data files (music, videos, pictures, documents, and so forth)are stored. In that folder you will see My Music. In My Music you should see iTunes. In iTunes you will find your library files...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 8:12 PM (in response to cliftonfromrichmond)
Thanks Clifton, that helps a bit (I think), The IT advisor certainly backed everything up, I know that because he took a good week copying everything before he changed the operating system, much to my frustration at the time.
And I can find my 'previous iTunes' database files in there. But the current iTunes won't let me copy them over, and I just can't figure out how to go forward. My IT advisor has since moved away from the area, and I feel stuck.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 8:29 PM (in response to Philly_Phan)
Thanks Philly, that also helps. I think what it means is that I have connect the iPod in my pc, and in so doing erase everything on there, then download all my purchases since Sept 2010 again for free (this being the date that itunes 10 was released). I'd rather avoid that if possible, but it's nice to know,
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 8:34 PM (in response to Sobranie)
Is there a folder called iTunes anywhere?
If so, inside this folder should be another called iTunes Media. Drag that folder into iTunes. You will need to have the directory window open and the iTunes program open.
iTunes should start sucking the files back in again.
(If you see database files you can copy them into the new iTunes folder once you have your media copied over. They go on the top level inside the iTunes folder. Below is a Mac example but Windows is similar.)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 9:08 PM (in response to Sobranie)
sdpitbull, I've marked your reply as having solved the problem, because I've managed to retrieve everything that I've purchased from iTunes, so from that perspective, the problem is solved. My sincere thanks.
However I am still left with nearly 500 tracks which all have to be rearranged into playlists again. In addition, I had a great many WW2 speeches from historical figures such as Churchill, Roosavelt, Hitler etc which had all been downloaded from torrents, but which were also all out of copyright in the UK and US, and had therefore been legally shared.
It might be that I've just got to grit my teeth and work my way through it all again. But if anyone could suggest a short cut it might save me many weeks work ....
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 9:20 PM (in response to Sobranie)
Once the music etc have copied over - then there should be a file in the Itunes folder called iTunes Music Library.xml - THIS file needs to be moved into the newly created iTunes folder on Windows 7. Make sure iTunes is not open when doing this and when you reopen iTunes your playlists should be intact. You will also need to move iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Library extras.itdb.
There should be no loss of playlists when these files are moved from the backup to the new iTunes folder.
To summarize, basically everything in your old backed-up iTunes folder should be copied to your new Windows 7 iTunes folder without iTunes running. When you then relaunch iTunes your playlists should be intact.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 9:35 PM (in response to Sobranie)
mwah, you diamond, it worked. Thanks mate.