How to Uninstall & Reinstall iTunes

By Michelle Varsallona

If you are having trouble with iTunes on your computer, the best thing you can probably do is uninstall it and reinstall it. Some files may have become corrupted. After transferring your iTunes files to your computer to back them up, you can safely uninstall and reinstall iTunes to resolve any issues you may be having.

Uninstall

Step 1

Click the “Start” menu.

Step 2

Open the “Control Panel.”

Step 3

Select “Uninstall a Program” or “Programs and Features” on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. In Windows XP, select “Add or Remove a Program.”

Step 4

Select “iTunes.”

Step 5

Click “Uninstall” or “Remove.”

Step 6

Confirm that you want to uninstall iTunes.

Reinstall

Step 1

Open your web browser and navigate to the Apple homepage.

Step 2

Click “iTunes” at the top.

Step 3

Click the “iTunes Free Download” button.

Step 4

Choose your operating system and click “Download Now.”

Step 5

Select to “Run” the installer.

Step 6

Click “Next” on the welcome screen.

Step 7

Accept the terms and agreement and click “Next.”

Step 8

Select the options that you want to install with iTunes. You can choose to add shortcuts to your desktop, use iTunes as your default audio player and to automatically update iTunes.

Step 9

Click “Install” and wait for iTunes to install.

Step 10

Click “Finish” on the last screen of the install.

Tips & Warnings

  • To remove iTunes on a Mac, drag and drop the iTunes icon into the “Trash.”