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How to Install iTunes Without the Bloat

Over at ZDNet, Windows expert Ed Bott has written up a guide to installing iTunes without all the extra bloat that comes with it. If you’re an iTunes user, it’s a very interesting read, even if you don’t feel like going through the steps.

The basic idea is to use a third-party extraction utility to rip open the contents of the iTunes setup file, and then only install the stuff that you actually want. The main point is to not install Bonjour unless you actually need it.

The unofficial guide
to installing iTunes 10 without bloatware
[ZDNet]

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  • Published 09/9/10

Comments (5)

  1. Hatryst

    I was desperately looking for this. I have iTunes 10 downloaded and saved in my HDD, but I didn’t install it yet, due to the fact that it would slow down my newly built PC. Thanks for sharing this !
    I wonder how HTG reads my mind, and gives me what I want? ;)

  2. Pfef113

    AWESOME!!! Have to install iTunes on two systems for a family, and was really not looking forward to it; it’s such a resource hog. Now I know I can put it on without it blasting either of the systems to pieces — LOL!!!

    Many thanks, HTG!!! ;) :) :D

  3. rroberto

    Your own How-To’s are so much more clear than ZDNets are.

    The 3rd part utility the ZDNet article suggested — IZarc — has its own installation and use problems. Didn’t work for me. Had to uninstall both iTunes and IZarc. Wish ZDNet would have written two separate how-to guides with more explanation. The assumption that a complex program like Izarc is intuitive unto itself was overly optimistic.

  4. Hatryst

    Extracting the contents of iTunes installer is really easy. You can use WinRAR, or maybe 7-Zip as well…

  5. jrsyangl

    I wanted to start clean: uninstall everything and then do the unbloated install, but I can’t uninstall Bonjour. Keep getting message: ‘The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable.’ The path is correct. Is Apple being paternilistic again or what?

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