iTunes Error: The iTunes Library.itl file is locked

When you try to start iTunes for Windows, you get an error message that says:

The iTunes Library.itl file is locked, on a locked disk, or you do not have write permission for this file.

iTunes locker error

This happens because, somehow the iTunes Library.itl file got set as read only. You can fix this by doing the following steps:

1. Open the My Documents folder.

2. Open the My Music folder.

3. Open the iTunes folder

4. Right-click the iTunes Library.itl file and select Properties.

5. Uncheck Read-only.

6. If you have a Security tab, select it. Ensure that your account has Full Control permissions to the file. If you don’t have this tab, ignore this step.

7. Click OK.

Now you should be able to start iTunes without the error. If not, your music files may actually be set to where you don’t have proper permissions. Check it with these steps.

1. Navigate to the location where the music files are located. For Windows 7 users, it’s normally in theĀ C:\Users\username\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media folder.

2. Right-click the iTunes Media folder, then select Properties.

3. Ensure that the Hidden and Archive boxes aren’t checked. If you have a permissions tab, check to see that you have it set to “Full Control” and that nothing is set to “Deny”.


  1. theOhMyPrettyGirl says

    right click the iTunes folder unde the Music Library
    and uncheck read only.

  2. Bj says

    Hey guys I followed DarioManosalva suggestion and it worked. I had downloaded iTunes version 11. It displayed two options, to go to the store or scan for media. I selected the scan option and my music library was restored.

    Hope this helps!

  3. DarioManosalva says

    Hey guys! i’ve had the same problem with iTunes, I followed these tips and the problem still, so i just deleted in the folder iTunes in Music the folder with the name iTunes Library, after i did that, i’ve just opened iTunes again and the problem was solved! obviously all the music and the apps was delete, so just go to the folder iTunes in Music, when you are there open de folder iTunes Media and all your Apps, music, videos, etc, going to be there! now, just drag the folder or the archive you want to iTunes and ready! the problem is solved! I did that and now my iTunes works!

  4. m h rana says

    thanks dear. my issue solved. I had in fact zipped this folder ie music . now ok.

  5. Chris says

    I ran into this same problem. All of the “read only” attempts did not work for me. I did however get it to finally work by right clicking on the itunes icon, going to preferences, choosing the shortcut icon, clicking on advanced and checking the “run as administrator” box. Has worked ever since.

  6. dhruv says

    1. Open the My Documents folder.

    2. Open the My Music folder.
    3. remove all file of itune
    4. start itune it will work fine
    5. new file automatically created

  7. Paul Wilczynski says

    I followed the instructions to unclick the read-only box on the iTunes folder. It appears to be changing a lot of files. However, if I close it and come right back in, the read-only box still still checked. As far as I can see, everything is “Full Control”.

    I’m using WIndows 8. I’ve had it for a week or so and up until yesterday everything was working fine. Nothing that I know of changed, but all of a sudden I have this problem.

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