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iTunes Uninstall Hassle

Completely uninstalling iTunes from your computer is one huge hassle. If you happened to download the version with the iPhone update it’s even more so. The program likes to claw itself deep into your system. The following is a series of screen shots demonstrating the hassle. This is removal of iTunes 7.3 from an XP machine.

OK, here we go… Remove…

First RMV

Well, I did navigate my way to the Control Panel to remove it…

2 RMV

tick tock… tick tock…

3 RMV

Oh yes, the wonderful restart.

4 RMV

Uh Oh … forgot about QuickTime. Here is a great free alternative!

8 RMV

Windows again busy saving me from myself. Thanks Pal!

RMV4

waiting …. waiting …. is this almost done?

14 RMV

No sir! We still need to get rid of Apple Software Update.

7 RMV

Is this for real!?!?

11 RMV

OK… keep on keep’n on

12 RMV

Make no mistake … Apple is not going to do a clean uninstall … so go into your C:program files to remove this folder.

15 RMV

OK…. We are done right? HA! You think it was that easy didn’t you. Upon checking system processes what do I see but the iPhone process running. Yes still running after uninstalling iTunes, QuickTime, and Apple Software Update.

apple mobile device after uninstall

And so we start again.

5 RMV

At this point I am so frustrated and pissed off I cannot do anything but LMAO!

9 RMV

There is goes….

10 RMV

Done correct? No you’re not if you want to do a complete uninstall. However, to document anymore screen shots is ludicrous. However I will tell you that I think I deleted about 7 more folders left behind which included cache files. Also, I removed about 30 registry settings! And you think Norton is a pig….

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/3/07

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