Removing iTunes, QuickTime, and other software components for Windows Vista

Removing iTunes, QuickTime, and other software components from Windows Vista

In some rare instances, it may be required to remove all traces of iTunes, QuickTime, and other essential software components from your computer. Use the following steps to remove all traces of iTunes, QuickTime, and associated software installed by the iTunes + QuickTime Installer.

Remove iTunes

Note: iTunes Store purchases or songs imported from CDs are saved in your My Music folder by default and are not deleted by removing iTunes.

  1. Quit iTunes.
  2. From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  3. In Control Panel, click Uninstall a program. The Programs and Features control panel opens.
    Alternately, in Classic Panel of Control Panel, click Programs and Features.
  4. Select iTunes from the list of currently installed programs, then click Uninstall.
  5. When asked if you would like to remove iTunes, select Yes.
  6. After the uninstallation is complete, do not restart if you are prompted to.
  7. If other entries were present for iTunes remove those as well.
  8. In Programs and Features, remove any iPod Updater applications that are listed in the same fashion as iTunes was removed.
  9. Restart your computer.
  10. After the computer restarts, open Local Disk (C:) in Computer or whichever disk programs are installed on.
  11. Open the Program Files folder.
  12. Right-click the iTunes folder and select Delete and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Note: This folder may have already been deleted if iTunes was successfully removed in steps 1-7.
  13. Right-click the iPod folder and select Delete and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Click Continue if Windows needs confirmation or permission to continue.
  14. Right-click on the Recycle Bin and on the shortcut menu, click Empty Recycle Bin.
  15. Restart your computer.
  16. Install the latest version of iTunes from http://www.apple.com/itunes/download.

Remove QuickTime

  1. Quit QuickTime Player.
  2. From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  3. In Control Panel, click Uninstall a program. The Programs and Features control panel opens.
    Alternately, in Classic Panel of Control Panel, click Programs and Features.
  4. Select QuickTime from the list of currently installed programs, then click Uninstall.
  5. When asked if you would like to remove QuickTime, select Yes.
  6. After the uninstallation is complete, do not restart if you are prompted to.
  7. If other entries were present for QuickTime remove those as well.
  8. Restart your computer.
  9. After the computer restarts, open Local Disk (C:) in Computer or whichever disk programs are installed on.
  10. Open the Program Files folder.
  11. Right-click the QuickTime folder and select Delete and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Note: This folder may have already been deleted if QuickTime was successfully removed in steps 1-7.
  12. Delete the QuickTime and QuicktimeVR files located in the C:\Windows\system32\ folder. Click Continue if Windows needs confirmation or permission to continue.
  13. Right-click on the Recycle Bin and on the shortcut menu, click Empty Recycle Bin.
  14. Restart your computer.
  15. Install the latest version of QuickTime from http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download.

Remove Apple Software Update

  1. Quit Apple Software Update.
  2. From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  3. In Control Panel, click Uninstall a program. The Programs and Features control panel opens.
    Alternately, in Classic Panel of Control Panel, click Programs and Features.
  4. Select Apple Software Update from the list of currently installed programs, then click Uninstall.
  5. When asked if you would like to remove Apple Software Update, select Yes.
  6. After the uninstallation is complete, do not restart if you are prompted to.
  7. If other entries were present for Apple Software Update remove those as well.
  8. Restart your computer.
  9. Install the latest version of Apple Software Update by installing the latest version of iTunes http://www.apple.com/itunes/download.

Remove Apple Mobile Device Support

  1. Quit iTunes.
  2. From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  3. In Control Panel, click Uninstall a program. The Programs and Features control panel opens.
    Alternately, in Classic Panel of Control Panel, click Programs and Features.
  4. Select iTunes from the list of currently installed programs, then click Uninstall.
  5. When asked if you would like to remove iTunes, select Yes.
  6. After the uninstallation is complete, do not restart if you are prompted to.
  7. If other entries were present for iTunes remove those as well.
  8. In Programs and Features, remove Apple Mobile Device Support in the same fashion as iTunes was removed.1
  9. Restart your computer.
  10. After the computer restarts, open Local Disk (C:) in Computer or whichever disk programs are installed on.
  11. Open the Program Files folder.
  12. Right-click the iTunes folder and select Delete and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Note: This folder may have already been deleted if iTunes was successfully removed in steps 1-7.
  13. Right-click on the Recycle Bin and on the shortcut menu, click Empty Recycle Bin.
  14. Restart your computer.
  15. Install the latest version of iTunes from http://www.apple.com/itunes/download.

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