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How to remove iTunes to install an older version of the program on macOS and Windows


The problems arising from the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are not always to blame for iOS. Quite often, iTunes is responsible for them, in the operation of which a failure occurred. In such cases, you need to reinstall iTunes, the correct implementation of which is a far from obvious process. About how to reinstall iTunes on a computer running Windows, we described in detail in this guide.

Uninstall the installed version of iTunes

In most cases, problems with reinstalling iTunes arise due to the removal of the components of the previous version of the utility in the wrong sequence. Moreover, many users are limited to uninstalling only the program itself, and additional components that are often associated with an error are left on the computer. Of course, one cannot do this.

You must remove iTunes components in the following strict order:

  • iTunes
  • Apple Software Update.
  • Apple Mobile Device Support.
  • Bonjour.
  • Support for Apple software (32-bit).
  • Support for Apple programs (64-bit).

The removal itself is performed in the program installation and removal menu in the computer control panel.

Check if everything is deleted

After removing all the components of iTunes, you need to make sure that all files of the old version of the utility have been deleted from the computer. Although this check is not required, it is recommended that you do it. Only in this case, you will exclude any possibility of an error when installing the new version of iTunes.

  • Check the Program Files folder. If it still contains folders iTunes, Bonjour and iPoddelete them.
  • Check the Program Files Common Files Apple folder. If it still contains folders Mobile device support, Apple application support and Corefpdelete them.

If you have a 32-bit version of Windows installed on your computer, instead of the Program Files folder, the directories of the old version of iTunes must be searched in the folder Program Files (x86).

Restart your computer and install the latest version of iTunes

After permanently uninstalling iTunes, restart your computer. Then download the latest version of iTunes from the official Apple website and install it on your PC. The installation process does not differ in complexity - you just need to follow the instructions of the installation file.

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How to remove iTunes on macOS (OS X) computers

Step 1 Finish the iTunes program and go to the "Programs" folder, it is located in the Finder side menu

Step 2 Uninstalling iTunes as other programs by dragging it to the trash does not work, you get an error: "The iTunes object cannot be modified or deleted, since it is necessary for macOS (OS X) to work." Therefore, highlight the program and press ⌘Cmd + I. The program properties window will appear in front of you, in the lower right corner of the window, click the button and enter the account password. Now, in the “Sharing and access rights” field for all users, set the Read and write permissions, then move the program to the ⌘Cmd + Delete trash

For OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra, you can not carry out these actions, but simply press ⌘Cmd + ⌥Option (Alt) + Delete - this will delete the program past the basket, you only need to enter the user password

Step 3 Open the System Preferences program, it is also located in the Programs folder and select Users and Groups

Step 4 Now select your user, click Login Objects and remove iTunesHelper from the autorun. Highlight the program and click on the button -

Step 5 Restart your computer

Uninstall iTunes on macOS using Terminal

For recent macOS versions, the method described above will not work. Therefore, here you will need to use the "Terminal" program, with it you can remove iTunes on both new and old versions of the operating system.

Step 1 Launch the “Terminal” program, it can also be found in the “Programs” folder or press the keyboard shortcut ^ Ctrl + Space and use Spotlight search

Step 2 In the terminal window, enter the following command to completely remove iTunes from the computer:

Step 3 After that, you will be required to enter the password for the account (administrator). It is worth noting that when entering a password in the “Terminal”, from a security point of view, its characters are not displayed

Important! If you have macOS High Sierra, Mojave or higher installed, then before that you need to disable System Integrity Protection or SIP (System Integrity Protection) for the method to work. For other versions of macOS (OS X), this is not necessary!

How to remove iTunes on Windows computers

ITunes on Windows computers additionally installs several more software components, they are needed for its full operation. Removing all these programs must be carried out strictly in the following order:

  1. iTunes
  2. Apple Software Update
  3. Apple Mobile Device Support
  4. Bonjour
  5. Apple Software Support (32-bit)
  6. Apple Support (64-bit)

At times, iTunes can install both versions of the Apple Application Support component at once. Therefore, if you have both x86 and x64 versions installed, uninstall both of them.

Step 1 Open the Utility Programs and Features. To do this, use the Win + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run window and enter appwiz.cpl

In Windows 10, you can still use the “Applications and Features” component (Anniversary Update (1607) - Settings → System, Creators Update (1703) and higher - Settings → Applications)

Step 2 Among the installed programs, find the programs associated with iTunes and alternately, according to the list, remove them. Use the Delete button located at the top or call the program uninstaller by double-clicking the left mouse button on it

Step 3 After removing iTunes and its components, you must remove all traces of the program (files and folders that may have remained after uninstalling)

C: Program Files iTunes
C: Program Files (x86) iTunes
C: ProgramData Apple Computer iTunes
C: Users Username AppData Local Apple Computer iTunes
C: Users Username AppData Roaming Apple Computer iTunes
C: Users Username AppData Roaming Apple Computer Preferences

Apple Software Update
C: Users Username AppData Local Apple Software Update

Apple Mobile Device Support
C: Program Files Common Files Apple Mobile Device Support

C: Program Files Bonjour
C: Program Files (x86) Bonjour

Apple application support
C: Program Files Common Files Apple Apple Application Support

You do not have to find all these folders or they will be empty, as their contents will be deleted when the program is uninstalled. To display hidden files and folders, in the Explorer window, select "View" → "Show or hide" and select the Hidden items check box

Step 4 After completing all operations, restart the computer

Also, to completely remove iTunes in Windows, you can use the Revo Uninstaller program, there is both a paid and a free version of the program, you can download it from here. Revo Uninstaller is interesting in that it not only uninstalls the program, but also removes residual files and cleans the registry from the mentioned program.

Now you have the opportunity to install absolutely any version of iTunes. All versions of the program for macOS and Windows have this and this sites. You can always download the latest version from the Apple website.

Note! If in the future you want to install the version of iTunes lower than yours, then delete the iTunes Library.itl file, which is located in the folder: / Users / Username / Music / iTunes /. Otherwise, when starting the program, get the corresponding error:

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Why remove iTunes: common reasons

ITunes is uninstalled for the following reasons:

The program is no longer needed. Alternative software for data transfer is much easier to use, because it allows you to export files from a computer without synchronization. In addition, such programs are not inferior to iTunes in terms of functionality.

An early version of iTunes is required. Difficulties in mastering the new version is the main argument for returning to the previous one.

If iTunes installed on your PC crashes regularly, do not make a hasty decision to uninstall the program. Generally, updating iTunes to the latest version solves problems.

What you need to completely remove iTunes from your computer

The complete removal of iTunes implies that all components that were installed simultaneously with the program will also be in the "Trash". These components include:

Apple Software Update - responsible for updating Apple programs.

Apple Mobile Device Support - allows you to synchronize Apple gadgets with iTunes.

Bonjour - a module for the automatic search for software services, services, network devices.

Apple Application Support - contains detailed instructions that a computer must follow in order to perform a function. In some versions of the OS, Aityuns creates two similar components at once: for 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Removing components separately from iTunes or in random order is not recommended. Also, do not reboot your PC before completely removing iTunes components.

Step-by-step instructions for uninstalling a program on Windows

Step 1. Quit iTunes related processes. To do this, use the task manager (Ctrl + Alt + Delete). Manually you need to stop the following processes:

AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe is the process responsible for the correct interaction of iTunes with Apple devices.

AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is a process that allows iTunes to recognize Apple gadgets.

ItunesHelper.exe is the process responsible for connecting Apple gadgets with iTunes.

Before uninstalling iTunes, you must close all processes associated with it.

Even if iTunes is not open, the listed processes are active in the background.

A complete list of iTunes processes in Windows is available on the official Apple portal:

Step 2 Remove iTunes itself and its components. You need to get to the “Control Panel”: on the seventh Windows it is in the “Start” menu, on Windows 8 it is appropriate to use a search engine (the request is “Control Panel”). In the "Control Panel" you should go to the "Programs and Features" - subsection "Uninstall a program."

Delete iTunes through the "Control Panel"

In the list of programs, find iTunes, right-click and select "Delete", then wait until the uninstallation process is complete (Windows will not allow you to erase two programs at the same time). Also erase the remaining components in the exact order in which they were presented above.

In the "Programs" section, you can sort the components by publisher

In order not to waste time searching through the entire list, it is recommended to arrange the programs by publisher. All iTunes components share a publisher - Apple Inc.

Media purchased from the iTunes Store are located in the “Music” library on drive C in the “iTunes” folder. Send this folder to the Trash if you want to get rid of all traces of iTunes.

Finally, go over drive C and delete the folders from the following list (if you find):

C: Program Files Common FilesApple ,

Step 3 Clean the registry from iTunes entries. This procedure is unfamiliar to many Windows users, so we will pay special attention to it.

Click "Start", in the field "Find programs and files" enter regedit (on Windows 8 use the search engine).

On Windows 8, you can get into the registry through a search engine

Run the regedit.exe program.

Open the "Search" menu with Ctrl + F, in the "Search" field, type iTunes.

ITunes entries should be searched through the search engine (Ctrl + F)

If, at the end of the procedure, entries appear in the search results, right-click on each of them and select “Delete”.

If a registry search returns such entries, delete them.

To quickly clean the registry, you can use special software - uninstallers. The most famous uninstallers are CСleaner (free program) and Uninstall Tool (paid).

When all three steps are completed, restart your computer - after that you can be sure that iTunes has disappeared without a trace.

How to remove iTunes from Mac OS

On computers with OS X, iTunes is a preinstalled program - removing it will not be as easy as with Windows. If the user tries to drag the program file into the "Trash", he will see such an unfriendly message:

It is impossible to delete iTunes by directly moving to the "Trash"

In fact, iTunes is not so necessary Mac, as Apple developers. If the user selects a similar program for playing media files, iTunes will not need him at all.

You can get rid of iTunes on Mac like this:

  1. Go to the "Applications" folder and find iTunes.
  2. Right-click on the icon and go to "Properties".
  3. Click on the lock icon and enter the administrator password.
  4. In the "Sharing and Permissions" section, check "Read and Write."

In the section "Sharing ..." you need to set "Read and write"

Now you can get rid of the utility in the same way as owners of a PC with Windows. Close the Properties menu, send the application to the trash and empty the Trash.

After removal in this way, all musical compositions and libraries with multimedia files will remain in place.

There is another way to remove iTunes from Mac, but it suits more sophisticated PC users:

    Launch “Terminal” through Finder (the path “Transition” - “Utilities” - Terminal ”).

Find “Terminal” on Mac through Finder

iTunes will be deleted past the Recycle Bin.

Using uninstallers to remove iTunes is pointless. For example, the Clean My Mac utility does not recognize this program at all.

Windows Installer Package Error

The full wording of the error is: “Windows Installer Package Error. Unable to start the program required to complete the installation. Contact support or the package provider. ”.

This error occurs if iTunes was not installed correctly.

How to fix such a mistake is described on the official Apple information portal. You need to go to the "Control Panel", restore the iTunes program and only then try again to remove it.

Error 2330

A similar message appears if iTunes was not fully downloaded, or if the program registry is damaged. The cause may also be a virus that corrupted Windows related files.

If this error occurs, you should check the disk through the built-in utility Chkdsk (Check Disk - check disk). Then you need to restart your PC and try installing iTunes on top of your existing data transfer program.

Need iTunes.msi package

If during uninstallation an error appears with the text “The desired file is located on a network resource that is currently unavailable. Click OK to try again, or specify a different path to the folder containing the iTunes.msi installation package, you should use one of the third-party utilities to “clean” the disk (for example, IObit Uninstaller) or delete the iTunes folder from the root folder. Also, a similar problem can be solved by reinstalling Windows.

When uninstalling iTunes, it is also important to erase the components of this program from the PC, moreover, in a strictly established sequence. Despite the need to clean the registry (an operation unfamiliar to many users), the process of uninstalling iTunes is easily handled by both owners of Windows computers and Mac owners.

Installation Aityuns

Installing iTunes on your computer is no different than downloading other applications. You can find the most current version of the program on the official website of the developers. The site automatically determines your operating system, so there will be no difficulties with choosing the right version. You do not have to provide your email address before downloading.

After downloading the file, click on it and go through the installation procedure. The first window will contain a welcome message. Just click “Next.”

In the second window, select the folder where the program will be installed, the language of the version. If you want a shortcut to appear on the desktop, check the box in the appropriate place.

Now you know how to install iTunes on a PC. If the computer does not install the utility, we recommend that you read our article on this.

How to update iTunes on a computer

Updates for iTunes come out regularly. To check their availability, go to the program. From the top menu, go to Help ® Updates. After that, the search for new versions will begin. If it is found, then you will be prompted to install it. If they are absent, the message “This version is current” will appear on the screen.

If you do not want to constantly perform this long procedure, then it can be automated. Go to the section "Edit" ® "Settings". Go to the "Add-ons" tab. Scroll down and check the box next to "Check for software updates automatically." Now, after the release of the new version, you will immediately be asked to install it.

Delete sequence

Sometimes there are problems in the program, and therefore you need to know how to completely remove it. It is worth noting that when you downloaded Aityuns, in addition to it, some other files were installed that are necessary for correct operation. Therefore, when you delete the application, they will also need to be deleted. Of course, you can perform this operation using your operating system, however, it often leaves a lot of unnecessary information that will not allow you to fix errors that occurred during operation. We would like to recommend the free Revo Uninstaller utility. It will allow you to correctly and accurately remove iTunes c computer. You can download it at this link.

So, you should delete the following files: iTunes, Apple Software Update, Apple Mobile Device Support, Bonjour. If you find Apple Application Support, uninstall it too. Для этого наберите названия файла в строке поиска, а затем нажмите по нему правой клавишей мышки. После нажмите «Удалить». Выполните данную процедуру со всеми программами, указанными выше.

Если вы не можете скачать Revo Uninstaller, то воспользуйтесь стандартным способом удаления. Go to the "Control Panel". Установите тип просмотра «Мелкие значки». Перейдите в «Программы и компоненты». Теперь вновь находите файлы, которые написаны выше. Но теперь их следует удалять строго в таком порядке, как они даны. Кликаем по ним правой кнопкой мышки и нажимаем на «Удалить». Не забудьте перезагрузить компьютер. Теперь вы знаете, как в случае непредвиденных обстоятельств полностью удалить iTunes с компьютера.

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