upgrading from vista to Windows 7-uninstal itunes and reinstall, do I lose all music/videos?

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QUESTION :

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 and am going to upgrade from Windows vista to Windows 7. The Windows 7 assistant says I have to uninstall iTunes before the upgrade and then install again after the upgrade. My question is will I lose all my music? Is there a way to do this without losing it?

ANSWER :

It depends on how itunes installs – itunes tends to install a bunch of ipod related device drivers that probably won’t carry forward to windows 7. ‘saving’ your itunes files may be as simple as renaming the folder, and dragging it back into your ‘add to itunes’ folder once you’re done, even if uninstalling itunes deletes it (which i doubt) happens. As Kronos said – back up! It never hurts to.

Of course if updating from vista to 7 reformats the drive, you WILL want to copy it over to an external drive.

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