How to Install ITunes on Windows Vista

By Kate Evelyn

If you're new to Windows Vista, you may not know how to install iTunes in this operating system. This is an important program to have if you're serious about updating your iPod with new songs or your iPhone with new apps. Luckily, the process is very easy and it will only take a couple of minutes on a computer of average speed. If yours gets hung up while installing iTunes, you probably need to upgrade your computer's memory.

Things You'll Need

  • PC with Windows Vista

Step 1

At Apple's website click on the button that says "iPod + iTunes." Then click on "Download iTunes 8" on the right side of the screen. This version will work in both Vista and Windows XP. A "download now" button will appear on the left when the window refreshes. Click the button. Then select "Save file" from the window that pops up.

Step 2

Close your Internet browser and find the icon for the iTunes .exe file on your desktop. Double-click on it to launch the installer. Accept the defaults iTunes provides by clicking "okay" when prompted.

Step 3

Enter your credentials as an administrator to fulfill Vista's User Access Control requirement. If you don't have administrator rights, get the information from someone that does or the installation will not work properly.

Step 4

Restart the computer to finish the install.

Step 5

Launch iTunes by clicking on the desktop icon. The program will ask you to configure your preferences and choose whether to use Apple's new features, such as the genius recommendation engine. ITunes Genius will make recommendations based on the music already in your library.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you have iTunes installed, you can access Apple's iTunes store. Note that the Apple online store and the iTunes store are not the same thing. The iTunes store has mp3 files, videos and applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch, while the Apple store offers hardware and software packages.Your iTunes software should have an automatic updates feature, so you shouldn't have to go back to Apple's website each time you need a software fix.
  • Don't install an iTunes version lower than version 8. It will not be the most compatible with Vista. Even if it does install, it can be prone to glitches and you'll just have to uninstall it and pick a more upgraded version.

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