I don’t think this is isolated to v11.0.4, I’m seeing the same behavior on two different Win7 64bit system running iTunes 11.0.3
For me, it started yesterday morning (6-10-2013) when I went into iTunes still using v11.0.3. After opening iTunes, I was prompted to agree to the license agreement; once iTunes opens the GUI is reverted to the default state, and opened up the tutorial window. Also, all settings are wiped out, like the GUI settings (like Sidebar, status bar, etc.); the device sync settings; and the preferences.
I decided to see if the latest iTunes version would corrected this, and after updating to 188.8.131.52 I still have the same behavior.
Thanks for your reply. I think we may have the identical problem and hopefully the same solution when someone finds it.
I did not state in my original message, but I am also running 64 bit Windows 7. Additionally, the problem could have started in 11.0.3. I just did not pay that much attention to it when it first occurred, so I don't remember.
I'm having the exact same problem ever since I upgraded to 11.0.4. Sometimes it asks for me to agree to the license agreement and other times it takes me directly to the tutorial. Each time it resets my preferences (side bar and some syncing preferences). I tried reinstalling but that did not work.
Using Windows 7 as well.
I'm looking for a solution to fix this!!!
I haven't found a fix yet, but I suspect it's a McAfee Total Protection issue (are you both using McAfee?).
I found that if I disable real time scanning (temporarily, just long enough the test/verify it's the problem).
With real time scanning off, the file isn’t deleted after iTunes is closed, and the settings are saved between iTunes sessions.
I believe it’s a setting in McAfee, because I have three system (All Win7 64bit), two of them have the problem and one doesn’t. The one that works, when I updated iTunes to v11.0.4, after the restart and when iTunes was opened, McAfee properly prompted for permission to allow iTunes access.
The two systems that don’t work, I never received the McAfee prompt.
I seem to have this same problem (files deleted while McAfee is on resulting in repeated request to agree to software license agreement). I've been on the phone with McAfee (issue was elevated). They say that McAfee should not delete a file without prompting the user to remove the file. They sent me back to iTunes. It seems like this should be a McAfee setting. I've tried installing and reinstalling iTunes with no change. Any idea how to cause McAfee to prompt?
I would get back on the phone with McAfee and point them to this post.
Demonstrate to the L2 how the file isn't deleted when real time scanning is turned off. You can prove this by starting and closing iTunes several times for them with real time off.
Then turn on real time scanning and typically on the 2nd or 3rd re-start of iTunes, the file is removed (you may need to hit refresh to see this).
Also, technically, the file isn't deleted, at least not in the sense like you manually deleted a file, because the file isn't placed in the recycle bin.
I would also have them demonstrate exactly how McAfee would prompt you if it were going to delete a file. Sounds like a line of BS to me, because McAfee would place the file in quarantine first (problem with McAfee however is that you are not prompted when it has quarantined a file, bad design IMO).
I also uninstalled McAfee, and run the McAfee Removal Tool (to make sure McAfee was completely removed, per this link: http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?lc=1033&id=TS101331
Once McAfee was removed, I had no problems with iTunes, (settings saved as expected).
I reinstalled McAfee, and the problem with the iTunesPrefs.xml returned
McAfee should be able to determine that it's an issue in real time scan pretty easily.
Still no fix, problem appears to be with an incompatibility with McAfee's latest version and both iTunes 11.0.3 and 11.0.4. I’m not sure if it’s the engine files or something else at this point.
I have done some further testing, and on the system that was working properly, I uninstalled McAfee, than reinstalled it to the latest version directly from my McAfee Account. Once the reinstall was complete, the problem of the disappearing iTunesPrefs.xml file was now on this system.
Just to keep the record straight, I installed the latest McAfee Total Protection (Build 12.1.338, .engine is 1558. The install is everything except for the features I don’t need or want (File Locker, Online Backup, Parental Controls or the Vulnerability Scanner).
I talked with level 2 McAfee support today for about 30 minutes. I demonstrated the problem (and pointed them to this discussion). They recorded some of the information from my computer and are sending it to their R&D group. It seems like they recognize that it's a problem with McAfee. They say I should hear back tomorrow. It doesn't seem like it should be too hard a fix, so I'm hopeful that they will resove it.
This sounds similar to a problem that AVG appeared to be causing with the main library files recently. iTunes would create a new temporary copy of the library, delete the original and then attempt to rename the temporary file. AVG would hold up the rename and iTunes wouldn't check to make sure the operation was completed. Restart iTunes, and boom! empty library. In that case excluding the iTunes folder from real-time scanning didn't help which is odd.
Have you tried excluding the C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\iTunes folder from McAfee's scanner?
BTW I've noticed a few other posts regarding having to repeatedly reset preferences recently. In the past this has sometimes been triggered by a problem where the prefs file isn't updated properly, so deleting it is what you would want to do. However now that I've seen this thread I can ask others if they too are running McAfee. Thanks.
_racerrx_ and danw2013
Thanks to both off you for the excellent detective work and your time on this issue.
I verified my McAfee Total Protection was causing the problem by temporarily turning off real time scanning.
Hope we hear back from McAfee.
Excluding the iTunes folder did not fix my problem. Thanks for the suggestion
Thanks for the update. A new dat update went out today (build 1559) but this DID NOT resolve the issue yet.
Hopefully, McAfee can resolve this soon.
One question to you, when they said they will provide an update tomorrow, is that a status update of your open case or an update that is being pushed out by McAfee?