How To Remove iTunes and Apple Software – Full Manual Instructions

Let’s say you are tired of dealing with iTunes and you want to uninstall it because you discovered a better alternative like MediaMonkey. So you try uninstalling iTunes but guess what? You can’t! To make matters worse now you’re having all sorts of other problems with your computer as a result from just trying…

Here are some additional in depth instructions on how to remove all traces of it including QuickTime, iTunes Helper, Bonjour…  manually and by using uninstaller software. You can use these instructions alongside the How To Uninstall iTunes eBook Package that also contains full instructions with automated uninstaller software included in one zipped download. See download links at E-Junkie and Rockbridge Downloads (download packages should be under $10 if not Google: How To Uninstall iTunes eBook).


The Manual Conventional Uninstall Method

When iTunes is installed it adds a lot of other applications and features that need to work together, especially if you have an iPod or other Apple product in use. On the other hand, when you uninstall iTunes the usual way using the ADD / REMOVE control panel in Windows, it leaves a lots of registry and applications behind. Notice here we are uninstalling iTunes, but look at all of the Apple services that are included…

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A restart of your system is required to complete the un-installation…will everything be done after that?

Not in your life. When we open up Programs and Features after the restart, all of those Apple programs and services are still left behind…including QuickTime. Does this look like the issue you are having right now… or close to it?  You’ll need to go through and uninstall each item one by one. Unfortunately, even doing that leaves some registry key conflict.  (We won’t say anything negative here about Apple — bitting tongue)

At this point you are pulling your hair out of your head!  Apple forums are almost useless unless you are an computer engineer… and you don’t want to pay big bucks for Apple Support or support from Microsoft either. So now what?


Lower Cost Alternatives…

Note: Before doing any of the following steps, make sure you’re closed out of all running programs and apps. Also, make sure you backup all of your purchased music to a safe location on another drive !! Look in your Documents Folder…My Music etc…

There are special software removal utilities you can use to help remove left over traces of Apple software on your Windows machine but you need to use them properly. Perfect Uninstaller and Revo Uninstaller for example both work very well.  RevoUninstaller will list each of the Apple software and you’ll need to go through and uninstall them each. Same with Perfect Uninstaller.  Here is an example…

The neat thing with RevoUninstaller Pro is that it will create a Restore Point before removing it, which is handy in case something goes wrong.

It will then launch the default iTunes uninstaller…

Then with Revo, you’ll have the ability to scan for leftover files and registry settings, and will be surprised at the number of items it finds. Here it found several left over Registry items…make sure to only select the blue highlighted items then delete them.

Then the next step scans for leftover files and folders…quite a lot. If you want everything completely off your system, just select them all and delete.

It also found leftover Registry items after uninstalling QuickTime and Bonjour.

Revo is used in the How To Uninstall iTunes Download Package for example with similar instructions.

Manually Search for and Remove Even More Leftovers…

Even with the added help of Revo Uninstaller finding leftover Registry entries, files, and folders…we ran the search utility Everything which, as its name implies, searches virtually everything on your local machine. It located several more leftovers that Revo didn’t catch. But you can easily delete them from here. BE CAREFUL WITH THIS UTILITY !!

Other terms you should search for are Apple, QuickTime, and iPod.

We found some different directories we thought some Apple remnants my still be, and we found them. For example here in C:Program Files.

Also in C:Userscomputer_nameRoamingApple Computer.

And C:Userscomputer_nameAppDataLocal we found some empty folders.

Some QuickTime leftovers were found in C:UsersComputer_NameAppDataLocalLow. We deleted all of the leftovers manually.

To make sure you can see your AppData folder go to Folder Options and select Show Hidden Files,folders, and drives.

Clean Up Your Registry !!

At this point you should be pretty good and most of the annoying iTunes and QuickTime leftovers should be gone. If you really want to be thorough, you can manually search the Registry for terms like iTunes, QuickTime, Apple..etc. But using this method isn’t for everyone, and you really need to pay attention to what your deleting. If you decide to do this, make sure to backup your Registry first.

An easier method for most users would be to run a cleanup utility like RegCure. If you haven’t already installed RegCure you can get it from the link below, including the portable version.  When we ran it, there were Registry settings still there that we could get rid of.


Another thing that doesn’t hurt to make sure everything is gone is to run Disk Cleanup.

While the Disk Cleanup utility will find and remove unneeded files and programs from your disk…it doesn’t get everything. You also might want to manually delete your Temp folder by typing %temp% into the Search box in the Start Menu and hit Enter.

Now hit Ctrl+A to select everything in the Temp folder and then Delete.


Is completely removing iTunes and its apps from your Windows machine a huge annoyance? Well yes, it sure is. However following these steps will help you get rid of all traces of everything it installed. These steps will work with XP, Vista, and Windows 7 32-bit editions as well. If you’re looking for a fully customizable alternative that will recognize your iPod check out MediaMonkey. You won’t be sorry you checked it out…!


A Faster / Safer Alternative:

How To Uninstall iTunes eBook Package (under $10) contains full instructions with the automated removal software included with the download at a bargain rate. You can find it at PayLoadz and E-Junkie prices vary. Or track down and delete all of the files yourself if you are overly ambitious…  in any case, good luck.

With some careful work you can remove it manually and by the way, we don’t blame you if you have had it with iTunes and are looking for a better simpler iPod, iPad, iPhone accessory software not made by Apple !!


Useful Downloads

Download Revo Uninstaller Pro

Download Perfect Uninstaller

Download RegCure

Download MediaMonkey