Upgrade from earlier versions of MediaMonkey

The current version of MediaMonkey for Windows is 5.x.

Upgrading MediaMonkey 5 —> 5.x:

If you receive a notification of a new MediaMonkey 5.x version, you’ll be taken directly to the download page where you can install the latest free version. If you’ve previously unlocked Gold functionality by registering your Gold license on MediaMonkey 5.x, the Gold features will remain unlocked after the upgrade.

Upgrading MediaMonkey 4 —> 5:

If you’re still using version 4.x, the new version installs by default to a different directory so that you can use either version (or if you want to test it out in parallel, you can install version 5 in ‘Portable mode’).

  1. When you install MediaMonkey 5, it will install by default to e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\MediaMonkey 5 (vs e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\MediaMonkey for MediaMonkey 4). As mentioned above, this is useful since it is quite different from MediaMonkey 4 and you may still want to use MediaMonkey 4 e.g. for CD Burning.

    If upgrading from a regular installation of MediaMonkey 4, MediaMonkey 5 will import your database and most settings. But if upgrading from a Portable installation of MediaMonkey 4, MediaMonkey 5 will only import your settings if you:

    • Install MediaMonkey 5 in Portable mode to the same directory as your MediaMonkey 4 Portable installation.

      OR

    • Manually copy the MediaMonkey 4 portable database and settings from:
      <MediaMonkey 4 Portable Install Folder>\Portable\

      to:

      <MediaMonkey 5 Portable Install Folder>\Portable\ 

      and, if it exists in the MediaMonkey 5 Portable install folder, rename:

      MM5.DB to MM5.DB.BAK
  2. You will lose your Gold functionality if you don’t have a Lifetime or MediaMonkey 5 license (see ‘Licensing’ below).
  3. If you’ve purchased the ‘MediaMonkey Codec Pack 2.x’ for MediaMonkey 4, it’s not compatible with MediaMonkey 5. You’ll need to install the new ‘MediaMonkey 5 Codec Pack 3.x’.

Upgrading MediaMonkey 3 —> 4:

  1. Prior to upgrading, it is advisable to maintain your library (go to File > Maintain library, then check “Optimize database” in MediaMonkey 3.
  2. Upon installing and running MediaMonkey 4, it will automatically import your library and most settings from MediaMonkey 3.x. BUT, you will lose your Gold functionality if you don’t have a Lifetime or MediaMonkey 4 license (see ‘Licensing’ below).
  3. If you’ve purchased the ‘AAC Encoder Plugin’ for MediaMonkey 3, it will only work with audio files and will not function with the Video functionality in MediaMonkey 4. It’s therefore advisable to:
    1. Uninstall the AAC Encoder Plugin
    2. Install the new MediaMonkey Codec Pack
  4. If you’ve customized the DB location in MediaMonkey 3, you’ll have to manually reconfigure MediaMonkey 4’s .ini file to point to the MM3 database.

Licensing:

If you already own a paid MediaMonkey license:

  • Lifetime Gold License holders retain Gold functionality (there’s no need for a new license, though you may need to re-enter it).
  • 3.x/4.x Gold License holders will lose access to Gold functionality upon upgrading to MediaMonkey 5:
    • License holders who purchased 4.x Gold or Codec Pack 2.x between January 2020 and April 2021 have been sent free upgrades via email. If you haven’t received your new license, contact our Helpdesk (please include your original purchase order number).
    • Other 4.x Gold License holders will will be able to upgrade at a discount from the MediaMonkey 4 upgrade notification dialog. If you’re a Gold license holder and are having trouble with the upgrade, contact our Helpdesk (please include your original purchase order number) and we’ll provide you a discount coupon.

Related:
What’s new in MediaMonkey 5
Where to download MediaMonkey

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