3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2010 12:09 PM by Katrina S.
jenseygrl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have an older lap top that has my itunes account and playlist. How can I transfer it to the new lap top I just bought? I have Windows 7

Dell Inspiron, Windows 7
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    Install itunes on the new laptop, first.



    You can log into the itunes store and start using your account at any time - there isn't really any "transfer" going on, for that part.



    You do need to transfer the music files and the itunes database, though. Do that the same way you are transferring over other stuff like digital photos, browser bookmarks, etc. I've used my home network in the past when we've gotten a new PC.
    For itunes, the important folder is C:\....\iTunes. Just replace that folder on the new machine with the iTunes folder (and all its subfolders) from the old machine.



    Have a look at the new PC's preferences to make sure they're set up correctly, and don't forget to deauthorize your old PC if you're getting rid of it. And....don't get rid of it until you are sure you have everything set up like you want!
  • jenseygrl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi there

    I'm not real computer savvy so Im not sure what you mean. Can you explain? I have my music on my playlist in my account on Itunes...I dont have them saved anywhere else.
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    The songs, movies, and anything else you see in itunes are files that are saved on your PC's hard drive. The playlist in itunes is simply a computer program showing you a prettied-up list of all the hard drive files.



    You need to get the files moved from one PC to another.



    Does this Microsoft article make any sense to you?
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/getstarted/bott_fstw.mspx
    If not, I'd suggest getting a PC-savvy friend or PC repair shop to help. Someone who is there by both PCs - not someone talking you through it over the internet!