How to Downgrade from iTunes 9 back to iTunes 8.2.1
So you have downloaded, upgraded and installed the new iTunes 9 on your computer just to see what it looks like and what it does and now you’re thinking, “Why did I do that?” What was I thinking?”
Don’t worry, you can safely downgrade to the previous version of iTunes (8.2.1) without loosing any of your data or your iTunes library. Here is how you can do it…
First thing you need to do is Uninstall a total of (6) items from your computer, and then restart… Uninstall all six (6) items listed below.
- iTunes 9
- iPhone Configuration
- Apple Mobile Device Support
- Apple Application Support
- Apple Software Update
- QuickTime (Make sure you get rid of this item)
Once all six items are removed / uninstalled don’t forget to reboot your computer. (You must do this!!!)
Now (once you restart) navigate to your iTunes folder, “\My Documents\My Music\iTunes”, find a file named “iTunes Library.itl” and RENAME it or DELETE it… (I usually re-name files instead of deleting them, in case of —Ohhh Crap moment—“) Let’s assume you have re-named the file to something like “iTunes Library_OLD_iTUNES-9.itl”
Now while still in the iTunes directory, open a folder named “Previous iTunes Libraries” and look for the backup of your old pre iTunes 9 library; it should be dated at about the time you first installed/upgraded to iTunes 9 (Mine was named “iTunes Library 2009-09-14.itl“), Copy that file and paste it into your “\My Documents\My Music\iTunes”. Now rename it to “iTunes Library“.
Once all steps above are completed, download and install the previous version of iTunes 8.2 onto your computer. See link below…
Restart your computer after iTunes 8.2 is installed successfully and Enjoy it…
That’s it, there are no other steps, you’re done…!!!