iTunes 10.2.1 Crashing on Windows 7

Just installed iTunes 10.2.1 (64-bit version) on a Windows 7 laptop. Seemed fine at first, but then I noticed iTunes kept locking up as I was ripping CDs. I tried to download and install an earlier version of iTunes but then kept getting an error message that the ITL file was created using a more recent version.

How can I fix this?
anuneznycAsked:
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TekyguyCommented:
you could try ripping in Windows media player too, as an easy test.  maybe it's a defective drive.   Also, try a different disc.  Maybe the disk has some unrecoverable errors, that cause the app to hang when re-trying...
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TekyguyCommented:
Install the latest version of Java runtime.  iTunes runs best on the latest version of Java.  Crashing issues often are caused by issues or comparabilities with older Java builds.
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I didn't realize iTunes was dependent on Java. I assumed it was all coded in .NET.
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connectexCommented:
iTunes is NOT dependent on Java. I have lots of deployments and they don't have Java on them.

-Matt-
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
Thanks Matt. Any other idea why iTunes might be crashing?
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connectexCommented:
Are you using 12.2.1.1 version? That's the latest release.

-Matt-
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connectexCommented:
Opps. That's 10.2.1.1...
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
It's 10.2.1 which I assumed was the very latest, since I downloaded it from iTunes.com just on Saturday.
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TekyguyCommented:
Was it working 'before'?  What type of CD or DVD drive are you using?  Do you get the same hang when using other CD riping tools:
http://mp3.about.com/od/essentialsoftware/tp/best_CD_rippers.htm
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
This is virgin laptop running Windows 7. Saturday was the first day I tried installing iTunes and ripping music CDs. Don't know what brand of DVD/CD drive is in this laptop.

No, have not tried other CD ripping tools yet.
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