How to Cleanly Uninstall Apple iTunes on Windows

In some rare instances, you might need to remove iTunes and related software components before re-installing iTunes. Simply follow the steps below.

Use the Control Panel to uninstall iTunes and related software components in the following order. Then restart your computer.

  1. iTunes
  2. Apple Software Update
  3. Apple Mobile Device Support
  4. Bonjour
  5. Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or later)

On some systems, iTunes might install two versions of Apple Application Support. This is expected. If both are present, be sure to uninstall both versions.

Don’t uninstall these components in a different order, or only uninstall some of them. Doing so might have unintended affects.

Make sure that iTunes and its related components are completely uninstalled.

In most cases, removing iTunes and its related components from the Control Panel will remove all supporting files belonging to those programs. Sometimes, files might be left behind. After following the steps above, confirm that the following files and folders have been removed. If any are left, remove them.

If you have a 32-bit version of Windows, confirm that the following folders have been removed:

  • C:\Program Files\Bonjour
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\CoreFP
  • C:\Program Files\iTunes\
  • C:\Program Files\iPod\

If you have a 64-bit version of Windows, confirm that the following folders have been removed:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\CoreFP
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\iPod\
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