I received an information technology help request pertaining to iTunes. Here is the original request posted verbatim:
I’m trying to transfer over my iTunes library to a new computer, and I get an error when opening iTunes that says: “The iTunes Library.itl file is locked, on a locked disk, or you do not have write permission for this file. I copied my old “iTunes” folder from the “music” section and replaced the same folder on the new computer. I watched several videos describing this method, and it seemed successful.
This individual was using a Dell laptop computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system installed. Here is my original response posted verbatim:
You could try to change the file permissions for the “iTunes” folder. I you have not done so follow these instructions:
Right click the /MyMusic/iTunes folder and choose “Properties”. Look for “Attributes” under “General” tab. Remove the check next to “Read-only” and then click “OK”.
Now see if that error disappears. It should apply those attributes to all files and folders below /My Music. If you have a lot of music files, it may take a little while.
Maybe its a permissions issue with your user account. You can right click that same folder and this time click the “Security” tab. Make sure your Windows user account is listed under “Group or Usernames”.
Another thing you can try is to rename, move, or delete the sentinel file.
You could just move it out of that folder or rename it to sentinel.bak and then try to open Apple iTunes again. Are you able to rename or delete that file? Make certain you close Apple iTunes first.
You can go into Task Manager and make sure no other instances of Apple iTunes is running. Right click any Apple iTunes instances and select “End Task”. Another thing you can try is make sure that your user account has full control in the “Security” tab.
Click on your user account in the “Security” tab. Make sure that you have “Full Control”. Give yourself “Full Control” by clicking on “Edit”. Excellent are you able to access your music without that error?
You can move it instead to be cautious.
This individual was finally able to open Apple iTunes and access all there music, once they ended the task for a program called Wonder Share Tunes Go. I had never heard of this program. However, apparently it needed access to iTunes and was causing a conflict.
An even easier way to resolve opening program task conflicts is to restart your computer. Whenever you are not able to rename, delete, move, etc. a file always check to see if that program is still running. Depending on the type of files you are trying to manipulate, that particular software program will NOT allow you to have write access permissions, until you close that program.
This is why a restart of your computer might be an easier quicker option, since all program tasks will be ended during the restart, resulting in a clean slate so to speak.