What to do if iTunes 11 locks after upgrade


December 1, 2012 by quirkyuncle

For me, the release of a new version of iTunes is akin to Christmas morning. Imagine my horror when my media collection was held hostage by iTunes, continually locking after the upgrade.

I am running Windows XP on an older computer, so I don’t expect my world to be problem free; however, this one is a show stopper. Fortunately, the solution was easy (for me, anyway).

  1. Close all applications.
  2. Access a Windows command line. For XP, click Start > Run.
  3. Type netsh winsock reset in the Open field, or at a command prompt and press ENTER.
  4. Restart the computer.

Problem solved!

You can download the latest version of iTunes from the iTunes website.

My impression of the update? I like it. They have changed a lot and there are a lot of people complaining that the new interface is counter-intuitive. I disagree.

If you are used to the old interface, it takes some getting used to. If you are a new user, I think that the new interface is much more aesthetically pleasing and easier to learn.

I’d suggest looking into it a bit before upgrading, if you are hesitant. Do bear in mind, however, that like much else in our digital world, you’ll eventually be forced to make the change. Like it or not, change is often mandated to maintain full device functionality – especially when the software is free.


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