This section of my website is dedicated to iTunes. Apple has restricted the installation of iTunes on XP X64 machines, but still allowing the installation for X86 XP machines (X86/X64 on Windows Vista and Windows 7 are still supported). This isn't really necessary, but we can easily bypass this. I'm going to show you how to install it on XP. Any issues or bugs will be listed at the end of this page, so be sure to read them afterwards. All of the required downloads are uploaded to my servers, they are all safe.

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Required Downloads

Preperation

Download all the files above, unless with QuickTime, if there is an update avaliable download that directly from Apple's website here. Otherwise download like normal. If there are any updates avaliable to these files I will update them myself and make a note on my site.

Installation

  • Step 1: AppleMobileDeviceSupport64
  • Download and run this file first. This is modified, it is straight from the iTunes installer itself, but it has been extracted. We need this installed first in order to start the main iTunes installation. Just open, click "Next >", then Agree to the terms and install to the default location. The installer will freeze at a point "Starting Services: Apple Mobile Device" - then you will be prompted with an alert. Click "Ignore" on this alert and then finish. (Explination: The installer is trying to start the services, but is unable to. We have to manually. Do this when instructed.)

  • Step 2: QuickTime
  • In order for the iTunes installer itself to proceed, it checks the system for an installation of QuickTime. This is why we need to install this. This is the default installer from Apple.com excluding the bundle of iTunes. Just go through the installer chanfing what settings you wish.

  • Step 3: iTunes
  • Download the iTunes.rar pack, and then run ONLY iTunes64.msi from that rar pack, keeping all those files together. If you have done everything right, iTunes will install. Once it is installed, untick "Run iTunes" at the end. It won't open because the services are not started, and we aren't finished yet.

  • Step 4: Apple Serivces
  • We now need to enable the iTunes services. One that will not be enabled is "Apple Mobile Device". We have to manually enable this. Go to: Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services. Once the window opens, in the list look for "Apple Mobile Device". Double click it, and click "Start". If "Bonjour" isn't enabled (though it should be) do the same on this, but look for "Bonjour Service".

  • Step 5: GEAR Drivers
  • While this one is not essential, it is helpful. If you use iTune's built in CD Ripper for your music, the drivers installed by iTunes are only x86, not x64. These drivers will update them to x64.

  • Step 6: Incorrectly Installed
  • iTunes will alert you on every opening that it was incorrectly installed. (You can ignore this fix, and just click OK everytime, but this fix is small.) Here is how to fix it:

    • Navigate to "C:\WINDOWS\" and create a folder called Sysnative then a sub-folder within called drivers.

    • Then navigate to "C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\" look for a file called "GEARAspiWDM.sys" - then copy and paste this to the above location "C:\WINDOWS\Sysnative\drivers\".

    The error will now vanish.

  • Step 7: Change Icons
  • You don't need to do this, it's a personal preference. If you like the new iTunes 10 icon, then skip this. If not, visit this page to find out how to do it.

  • Stop iDevice Backups
  • Even if you have iTunes setup to not backup iDevices before syncing, it still does them anyway. Here is how to fix this.

  • mmKeys.dll - Multimedia keyboards
  • If you use a multimedia keyboard (Like a Microsoft Digital Pro) you can only use the Play/Pause, Stop, Previous/Next buttons in iTunes when the iTunes window is in view. Not when it is minimised or in background. This plugin fixes that. Visit this webpage on how to do it, but the location for XP users is not what is listed. The correct one is this: "C:\Documents and Settings\[you]\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iTunes Plug-ins\".


    Updating iTunes

    You cannot update iTunes using the iTunes installer from Apple's website, nor through using Apple Software Update. I have outlined the steps, in text and video, on how to upgrade iTunes here. You can read the corrosponding blog post that accompanies this change.

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