Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2013 7:34 PM (in response to flobish)
Unless you have a backup of itl file form the old version, the answer would be "no".
If you DO have the itl file, uninstall the new iTunes, and download the version you had here: http://support.apple.com/downloads/#itunes
Then put the itl file back in the original location, replacing the one that installs, your playlists should all restore. You may have to go back and get artwork again, but that'd be the toughest part.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 13, 2013 11:02 AM (in response to C F McBlob)
Thanks for your solution. I do have the itl file backed up on my external hard drive. I have deleted, and emptied the recycle bin of, all content related to itunes except for the startup I have for the older version. When I try to run this, it keeps telling me a newer version is STILL installed.
I've used my pc's search function and located everything with 'itunes' in its descripion. As I said, the only thing I haven't deleted is the startup wizard for the version I want, that being the version on my ext. HD.
Also, of all the downloadable versions on that link you sent me (and thank you for that, I had no idea it existed), there are none that match the version I have backed up. Some come close, on either side, but nothing exact.
Obviously there's something I'm missing or not doing properly, because whichever way I go about it, I'm told there's a newer version installed.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 13, 2013 11:09 AM (in response to flobish)
The main differences between iTunes 11 and earlier versions are the loss of coverflow and ability to have multiple windows open.
In Windows, you can restore much of the look & feel of iTunes 10.7 with these shortcuts:
- ALT to temporarily display the menu bar
- CTRL+B to show or hide the menu bar
- CTRL+S to show or hide the sidebar
- CTRL+/ to show or hide the status bar (won't hide for me on Win XP)
- Click the magnifying glass top right and untick Search Entire Library to restore the old search behaviour
- Use View > Hide <Media Kind> in the cloud or Edit > Preferences > Store and untick Show iTunes in the cloud purchases to hide the cloud items. The second method eliminates the cloud status column (and may let iTunes start up more quickly)
- If you don't like having different coloured background & text in the Album (Grid) view use Edit > Preferences > General and untick Use custom colours for open albums, movies, etc.
- With iTunes 11.0.3 and later you can enable artwork in the Songs view from View > Show View Options (CTRL+J) making it more like the old Album List view
- View > Show View Options (CTRL+J) also contains options to change the sorting of grid based views
If you feel the need to roll back to iTunes 10.7 first download a copy of the 32 bit installer or 64 bit installer as appropriate, uninstall iTunes and supporting software, i.e. Apple Application Support & Apple Mobile Device Support. Reboot. Restore the pre-upgrade version of your library database as per the diagram below, then install iTunes 10.7.
See iTunes Folder Watch for a tool to scan the media folder and catch up with any changes made since the backup file was created.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 14, 2013 7:54 AM (in response to turingtest2)
OK, I can't believe I forgot to reboot. Thanks for that.
Alas, more of the same. I went to my Program Files folder and found a whole slew of more itunes 11.1 files, which I promptly deleted.
Except for three files. All different types of "itunes helper" files. Apparantly I "do not have permission" to delete these files! Run as administrator, same thing...
Where does my pc get off telling me what I can and can't delete!? I'm the decider!
Thanks for your help so far, folks, but what now???
Currently Being ModeratedOct 14, 2013 8:28 AM (in response to flobish)
If the iTunes helper files are in use, e.g. as part of a device driver or service, then Windows may quite rightly prevent you from deleting them. You shouldn't need to manually delete any files in order to uninstall version 11 and them install your preferred version.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 14, 2013 9:39 AM (in response to turingtest2)
tt, I'm with you. But the fact remains: I can't download an older version. It keeps telling me "a newer version is already installed".
Currently Being ModeratedOct 14, 2013 9:50 AM (in response to turingtest2)
Try b noir's uninstall/clean-up approach here.
I happen to know he's not around at the moment so if you've got any follow up questions ask them back here in this thread.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 14, 2013 10:47 AM (in response to turingtest2)
ok, that worked, but it once again opened up an empty itunes, as though it were my first time using it.
I dragged the itl file into the new desktop icon and it opened it with the same result.
then i found the database file with my last saved library and used itunes to open it.
my cpu light flashed rapidly for several minutes and has now stopped.
itunes is unchanged.