How to completely uninstall and remove all traces of iTunes in your registry

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How to completely uninstall and remove all traces of iTunes in your registry
You can delete iTunes, but keep QuickTime. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Apple’s iTunes utility plays music on your computer and also enables you to copy files over to your iPod, iPhone and iPad. Although it compiles a library of all media files on your computer, it does not move those files from their original location and so they are still available to be accessed by other programs. If you no longer wish to use iTunes you can uninstall it without the need of special software. Removing the program will not delete your media files.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy



  1. 1

    Swipe to the right edge of your Desktop to get the charms menu. Click on the cog at the bottom of the list to open the Settings menu. Select “Control Panel” from this menu.

  2. 2

    Select “Uninstall a progam,” which is under the “Programs” heading in the Control Panel. This brings up the “Uninstall or change a program” option.

  3. 3

    Scroll through the list of installed programs to find iTunes and click on it. Click on the “Uninstall/Change” button on the top border of the list panel. This will open up the iTunes installer program which will remove the program.

  4. 4

    Click on the “Yes” button in the dialogue box that tells you the system needs to be restarted. Removing iTunes will not remove QuickTime or Apple Application support programs. If you want to remove these too, repeat the Uninstall process for QuickTime, Bonjour, Apple Application Support, Apple Mobile Device Support and Apple Software Update.

    Check registry

  1. 1

    Swipe to the right edge of the Desktop to get the charms menu. Type “regedit” into the search box. Click on “Regedit” in the Apps results.

  2. 2

    Press the “Control” key and “F” together to get the “Find” box. If you have only removed iTunes type “iTunes” in this box. If you removed all Apple software elements type “Apple” in this box.

  3. 3

    Press the “Delete” key when the first example of your search term is highlighted. Click on “Yes” in the confirmation dialogue box. Press the “F3” key to find more leftovers. For each press “Delete” and Click on the “Yes” button. Remember you have already deleted these programs so removing their registry entries will do no harm.

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