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I had Windows XP, installed on my C: drive, and my iTunes library was on the E: drive. I've now replaced XP with Windows 7, so any iTunes settings that were in the registry or its Program Files folder have been lost. I still have all the mp3s and the iTunes Library files on my E: drive, however.

I've installed iTunes on Windows 7, set the "iTunes Media folder location" to E:\iTunes in the Preferences, but I don't have anything appearing in iTunes. Is there a magic step I'm missing, or do I have to "re-create" my library?

(I know I probably should have done something sensible like used iTunes on XP to back up my library, but I just wasn't thinking.)

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Hold the shift key while double clicking on icon to launch iTunes. You will be prompted to create a new library or choose an existing one. Point to your existing iTunes library (.itl file)

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Yeah! Perfect. Out of interest, is this documented anywhere? If not, how are mere mortals supposed to know about it, and if so, why isn't this feature available from a menu in the program?? – Graham Clark Oct 22 '09 at 19:27
"is this documented anywhere" - Apple's KB mentions it I found this out because couple weeks ago I faced the same problem and reached there after some googling! "Why isn't this feature available from a menu" - No idea. Apple, erm, you know Thinks Different – Sathya Oct 22 '09 at 19:58
alt/option if you're on a mac – Brendon-Van-Heyzen Dec 30 '10 at 3:35
When I follow these steps, nothing happens. The "intro screen" remains and my old library doesn't show up. iTunes appears to pick up my old itl file, but my music doesn't show. – birdus Aug 30 '12 at 0:25
I had to do the same thing this weekend. Thanks for the answer and Apple link! – Steven Dec 30 '12 at 18:14

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