How to reinstall iTunes on mac windows

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The copy of iTunes installed on your computer does not start anymore or crashes constantly? There is probably something wrong with the program files. In these cases, the best thing to do is to attempt a software recovery by downloading it again from the Internet and reinstalling it on your computer. How do you say? Not very computer savvy and don’t know how to proceed? Don’t worry: I’m here today to help you out.

If you give me a few minutes of your free time, I can explain it to you how to reinstall itunes operating both from Windows, where the multimedia software from Apple is distributed as a free download, and from macOS, where the same program is included “as standard” and can be reinstalled by “overwriting” the copy already present on the computer. I assure you that it is a far from complex operation, even if a little boring at times.

Courage: read the instructions below, roll up your sleeves and try to put them into practice. I assure you that, regardless of the operating system you have installed on your computer, you will be able to achieve your goal and restore the correct functioning of iTunes. At this point, all I have to do is wish you a good reading and good luck for everything!

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Reinstall iTunes on Windows

The procedure for reinstall iTunes on Windows varies depending on the version of the operating system running on the computer. If you use Windows 10Indeed, you can uninstall iTunes from the PC settings panel and reinstall it directly from Microsoft Storein two clicks.

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If, on the other hand, you use an older version of Windows, you must turn to the classic control Panel to uninstall the program and to the Apple website to download a new copy. More details to follow.

Windows 10

Uninstall iTunes Windows 10

If you use Windows 10 and you installed iTunes through the Microsoft Store, you can uninstall and reinstall the application in a very simple way.

First, click on the button start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen) and click on the icongear present in the menu that opens, in order to access the panel with the settings of the PC.

At this point, click on the icon Appselect iTunes from the list of programs installed on your PC and click on the item Advanced options which appears below. Then scroll down the page that opens and click on the button Restore placed under the heading Reset: in this way, Windows will restore the application keeping all its data intact.

If the procedure does not lead to the desired results, click on the second button Resetwhich instead completely removes and reinstalls the application while always keeping its data intact.

Uninstall iTunes Windows 10

Alternatively, you can uninstall iTunes from Windows 10 by doing this: search iTunes in the Cortana search bar, located in the lower left corner of the screen. After that locate the application icon among the search results, right click on it and select the item first Uninstall present in the context menu and then the homonymous button that appears on the desktop.

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Uninstall iTunes Windows 10

When the operation is complete, open this web page, click on the button Get to open the Microsoft Store and proceed with the reinstallation of iTunes by clicking on the button Install: the program will be downloaded and installed completely automatically.

Install iTunes Windows 10

If you have installed iTunes in the classic version, then by downloading the software installation package from the Apple website, you must uninstall the program by going to the menu PC Settings > Apps and then removing the following software in order.

  • iTunes
  • QuickTime
  • Apple Software Update
  • Apple Mobile Device Support
  • Bonjour
  • Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or newer)

To remove a software from Windows 10 PC Settings, just select it, click on the button Uninstall twice consecutively and confirm. The procedure to follow is similar to the one I will show you in the next chapter of the tutorial dedicated to Windows 8.x and the older editions of the Microsoft operating system.

Windows 8.x and earlier

Uninstall iTunes

If you want to reinstall iTunes on a version of Windows equal to or earlier than 8.xthe first step you need to take is to click on the button start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), look for the “control Panel” in the menu that opens and select the first occurrence among the search results, in order to open the Control Panel windows classic.

In the window that appears on the desktop, click on the item Uninstall a programthen uninstall the programs listed below in sequence (don’t get the wrong order, please!).

  • iTunes
  • QuickTime
  • Apple Software Update
  • Apple Mobile Device Support
  • Bonjour
  • Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or newer)
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To remove each of the programs listed above, all you have to do is select their name from the list of applications installed on Windows, click on the button Uninstall which is at the top and answer of Yup to the warning that appears.

Uninstall Apple Software Update

Once the removal of iTunes and all the programs related to it is complete, connect to the Apple website and click on the blue button 64-bit downloads to download the latest 64-bit iTunes to your PC. Alternatively, if you’re still on a 32-bit system, click the link Download the app from here which is at the bottom.

When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (eg. iTunes64Setup.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on Come on and then up Install, Yup twice consecutively and endto complete the iTunes installation process.

How to reinstall iTunes

Now start iTunes and, if it doesn’t “remember” its old media library (so it no longer contains your old songs), start it by holding down the key Shift of the keyboard. Then click on the button Choose a libraryselect your old library folder and double-click the file Library.itl contained within it.

If some step is not clear to you, you can find more information on how to export and import the iTunes library in the tutorial I dedicated to the subject.

Reinstall iTunes on Mac

How to reinstall iTunes on Mac

Do you want to reinstall iTunes on a Mac? Again, you have to move differently depending on the version of the operating system installed on your computer. If you are using macOS 10.14 Mojave, you must know that this version of Apple OS includes the version 12.9.x of iTunes, which was not released on the Internet as a standalone dmg package.

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This means that to restore this version of iTunes, you must restore the entire operating system using Time Machine or through the reinstall macOS function included in Recovery: you can find more information on both procedures in my tutorials on how Time Machine works and how to restore Mac.

Time Machine Restore

You’re using a macOS version equal to or earlier than 10.13 High Sierra? In this case, all you have to do is download the iTunes installer from the Apple website and “overwrite” the version of iTunes already on your computer.

So connect to the Apple website and click on the blue button Downloads to download the latest “standalone” version of iTunes (the 12.8.x) on your computer. When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (iTunes[versione].dmg) and, in the window that opens, double click on the file itunes.mpkg to start the iTunes installation process.

Install iTunes on macOS

Then proceed with the installation of the software by following the instructions on the screen: just always click on Come on and enter your Mac admin password when prompted. When finished, restart your Mac. The next time you log into the system, iTunes it should work fine again without causing any more problems.

Didn’t the new copy of iTunes installed on your computer automatically import the music library you previously had into the program? Then launch it by holding down the key alt of the keyboard and, in the window that opens, click on the button Choose a library. Then select the folder of your old iTunes library and that’s it. Read more about the whole procedure in my tutorial on how to export and import your iTunes library.

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If system restore or “overwriting” the copy of iTunes installed on your computer hasn’t given the desired result, you can try uninstalling iTunes from macOS by following the advice I gave you in my tutorial on the subject (but, I warn you This is a fairly lengthy procedure.

iTunes on macOS 10.15 Catalina and later

Catalina Music application

If you use macOS 10.15 Catalina or a later version of the Apple operating system, you must know that you cannot have iTunes, as the historic software of the Cupertino giant, starting from this release, has been “decomposed” into various applications: Music, Podcasts And TV. For the management of iOS/iPadOS devices, on the other hand, it is possible to directly use the Finder.

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