Since Apple released iTunes for Windows back in 2003, it has become one of the most popular music programs on the platform. Much of this is attributed to the success of Apple’s iPod and iPhone. Even though iTunes has become a staple of most PCs, it has also earned a reputation as a despised piece of software. In fact, it won the Groovy Post award for worst software ever. That was a few years ago, and unfortunately, not much has changed with the most recent versions, which at the time of this writing is iTunes 12.
That said, a lot of users, including myself, still use it. I use it to manage my music library, import new content, create a playlist, and sync with my Apple devices. With the release of Windows 10, some users have been reporting problems with getting it to upgrade from older versions or install successfully. Here are some tips to ensure you get it working correctly.
Get iTunes Installed on Windows 10
First, you should follow these basic pre-requisites:
- Close iTunes if it’s open. iTunes has a tendency to stay resident in memory, so a reboot is likely recommended. Also, disable iTunes Helper from starting up with Windows. Check out our article for disabling startup items in Windows 10.
- If you have any Apple devices attached to your PC, disconnect them for the moment.
- Make sure you download the right architecture (32 or 64-bit) for your PC here. The download page defaults to your architecture, but if you were previously running a 32-bit version of Windows, but then switched to 64-bit Windows 10, the 32-bit installer might be a factor why it is not working properly.
- Save the setup file to the hard disk, do not run setup from its current location.
Right-click the iTunes setup file then click Run as administrator.
Click Next then click Install.
Troubleshooting iTunes Installation
If iTunes does not install successfully, there are some things you can try.
Start by uninstalling any existing installation of iTunes. Press Windows key+R then type: appwiz.cpl and hit Enter. Scroll down and select iTunes then click Uninstall on the command bar. Also, make sure you uninstall other Apple software components listed such as Apple Application Support, Mobile Device Support, Software Update, and Bonjour. Restart your computer when the uninstall is complete.
Proceed to download iTunes from Apple’s website then follow the pre-requisite instructions for installing iTunes.
Also, disable your Antivirus temporarily since some security utilities can incorrectly flag iTunes as malicious software. If you encounter errors with the Windows Installer, you could try re-registering the Windows Installer then attempt the install again.
- Press Windows key+R
- Type: msiexec /unreg then press Enter key
- Press Windows key+R
- Type: msiexec /regserver then press Enter key
If All the Above Fails
Then you can try installing iTunes using Ninite. It will package the iTunes installer along with any other apps you might want; it handles updates, too.
All of these recommendations seem over the top for such a small app, but iTunes is not the simple 18 MB installer of 2003. It has become a huge albatross over the years; turning into an app that does many things but none very well. Hopefully, if you have to use iTunes or prefer using it, these simple tips can get it working successfully on Windows 10.
And remember, if you’re just sick of iTunes entirely, there are plenty of alternatives out there like Foobar2000. We’ve also covered alternatives to iTunes in our article here. Also, Windows 10 has its own music app built-in called Groove Music, and it will import your iTunes playlists. Users experiencing problems installing other software should also check out our article about resolving issues installing desktop and universal apps.