How do you downgrade iTunes without losing information?

SRLMJ23

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I have the 10.5 beta installed but it is seriously having issues on my particular machine (Windows 7)....how do I revert back to the non-beta iTunes version without losing my information and what not?
 

Small White Car

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No information is stored in the application. You should be able to just un-install the program and then download and install the version you want. All your data is stored in a different place. (Somewhere in 'My Documents' in Windows, I think.)

That should be it!*



* Of course, as with ANY computer advice I hope you have everything backed up. I'm telling you how it should work.
 

Vundu

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Yep just uninstall and re-install the older version.

All your stuff will be there when you launch iTunes again as if nothing has happened.
 

Daveoc64

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No information is stored in the application. You should be able to just un-install the program and then download and install the version you want. All your data is stored in a different place. (Somewhere in 'My Documents' in Windows, I think.)

That should be it!*



* Of course, as with ANY computer advice I hope you have everything backed up. I'm telling you how it should work.
Agreed.

Uninstall iTunes and then you should be able to install an older version of it again.

As mentioned here, make sure you have your library backed up just in case.
 

SRLMJ23

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Well it didn't work because it said that my "iTunes Music Folder" was unavailable because it was created by a newer version of iTunes. So I had to go back to iTunes 10.5.

I really hope they don't wait until the fall to release iTunes 10.5 because it is buggy on my system.
 

SRLMJ23

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I was going to install the iOS 5 beta but i got an error involving that. Apple Dev support can't even help me out with it, I'm like the only person with the problem.
 

Daveoc64

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Well it didn't work because it said that my "iTunes Music Folder" was unavailable because it was created by a newer version of iTunes. So I had to go back to iTunes 10.5.

I really hope they don't wait until the fall to release iTunes 10.5 because it is buggy on my system.
It worked for me.

I installed 10.5 beta in Windows, but iTunes wouldn't start up after the installation was complete.

I installed 10.2.2 and it worked fine (10.3 wasn't out at that point).
 

blueroom

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I was going to install the iOS 5 beta but i got an error involving that. Apple Dev support can't even help me out with it, I'm like the only person with the problem.
Probably because all iOS developers are running OSX. You've stated in previous posts you're on Windows 7 so you can't really be an iOS developer. Best advice just wait till 5 is released to the public in the Fall.
 

EspressoLove

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It worked for me.

I installed 10.5 beta in Windows, but iTunes wouldn't start up after the installation was complete.

I installed 10.2.2 and it worked fine (10.3 wasn't out at that point).
I should point out that it probably only worked because it didn't even start on you.
I'm speculating here though - haven't used Windows in a long time :rolleyes:
 

jacbec

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Agreed.

Uninstall iTunes and then you should be able to install an older version of it again.

As mentioned here, make sure you have your library backed up just in case.
[doublepost=1524879477][/doublepost]It is now 2018 and we are dealing with iTunes 12.7. This does not work. Downgrading to an earlier version of iTunes, 12.6 for example will give an error that the iTunes Library.itl files is not compatile with this vesion of iTunes. Even using one of the recent .itl files in the Previous iTunes Libraries folder will give the error message. So far, after a couple of weeks of investigation and reading everything I could find on the web, I have found nothing that works.
 

TC_GoldRush

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[doublepost=1524879477][/doublepost]It is now 2018 and we are dealing with iTunes 12.7. This does not work. Downgrading to an earlier version of iTunes, 12.6 for example will give an error that the iTunes Library.itl files is not compatile with this vesion of iTunes. Even using one of the recent .itl files in the Previous iTunes Libraries folder will give the error message. So far, after a couple of weeks of investigation and reading everything I could find on the web, I have found nothing that works.
Only 7 years too late.. LOL