Disable store links in iTunes 8 Windows version

I wrote this because I couldn’t find clear instructions for disabling the annoying store links in the Windows version of iTunes 8.

  1. Close iTunes.
  2. Browse to the iTunes application data folder.
    • In XP: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes
    • In Vista: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes
  3. Back up and edit iTunesPrefs.xml with your XML editor of choice.
    1. Search for the following code:
      <key>User Preferences</key>
      <dict>
    2. After the <dict> tag in the previous step, paste the following:
      <key>show-store-arrow-links</key>
      <data>
      AA==
      </data>
  4. Save iTunesPrefs.xml.
  5. Open iTunes.