I recently wrote a story about the availability of i Tunes 12 for Windows, but according to your feedback, it looks like most of you hate i Tunes 12 more than any other version to date.
The problem came about 3 days ago when I was seduced in going for the i Tunes 12 upgrade, having ignored all the 11.x.x interim upgrades/patches.
I got the error message as above and carried out all of the suggested remedies (de-install all apple programs plus deep clean of all files on PC in a proscribed order, check the . All to no avail - except that my PC lost half of of Windows functionality, took an AGE to boot up and I lost all connectivity to the outside world.
I wasn’t able to find i Tunes 11 for my 64-bit system, so I went ahead and go i Tunes 10.7 – anything is better than version 12 right?
It is worth noting though that there’s a version of i Tunes 11.1.5 for 32-bit Windows systems.
In fact, to stop annoying reminders about updating, go to can’t be read because it was created with a newer version — Click OK on that and make sure i Tunes is closed.
Now head to the local music folder on your computer. This method worked successfully for me on both Windows 8.1 update 1 and the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
Well, there’s some good news if you do use i Tunes and can’t stand the latest version. Simply go to and right-click on i Tunes and hit Uninstall and wait for the uninstall process to complete.
It is possible to uninstall i Tunes 12 and downgrade to an older version on Windows. Ok, uninstalling version 12 is simple enough, how do you get an earlier version of i Tunes?
On the plus side i Tunes 12 did boot up no problem.
With the help of some good chaps at the local computer shop, we did a restore to the day before my misguided attempt to upgrade i Tunes and the Windows/connectivity issues were no more.
Did a reboot and then checked the program files for any uninstall 'left-overs' in Program Files\Bonjour (nothing), Program Files\Common Files\Apple (lots), Program Files\i Pod (lots) and Program Files i Tunes (lots) 3.