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Old 01-10-2018, 12:16 PM

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Doing this as the same user ID is going to be problematic. There is an iTunes Preferences file in her login that tells iTunes where the default Media Folder is located, and it has already incorporated her stuff into your library.

Getting a copy of the library file iTunes Library.itl from the XP machine and overwriting the original on the external drive will put your library back to normal.

I would use a second user ID instead of trying to use hers. In other words have to logins to Windows. This will allow you to set a default Music location that does not impact hers. You can even move the whole library to the internal drive.

Once you log in as you, then you can open iTunes like you did above, but add a step.
In iTunes, click Edit->Preferences, then to to the Advanced tab. Click on the Change button next to the Default Media Folder location box and change it to the external drive media folder location.

That setting is fixed in the C:\Users\<login>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\Preferences\ file (or another file somewhere in that folder) and it is in binary so changing it outside of iTunes is not really feasible.

If you do this you'll need to close iTunes and log out before the other user opens iTunes. iTunes will fail if you use fast user switching. And you get to make 2 backups, one for each library.

Honestly I would merge the two libraries into 1 and use playlists to separate the music. One login, one backup, if you use the same Apple ID, you can share common music.

Have you backed up your iTunes Library this week? If not, you are risking losing your music and playlists....
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