Those with limited system resources on their computer will appreciate all the additional resource power and storage space that they can get, and customizing the iTunes installation is one of the ways to achieve that.
While the application itself can’t be altered, users can dispose of some fat to reduce the bloat. Here are some tricks that you can use to trim your iTunes installation on your Windows system.
Some Background Information
Before we start, let’s look at some background information. The iTunes installation file actually contains several smaller application installers inside it. Not many people knows that you can break it down and install only the items that you need.
You will need an archive utility to disassemble the big chunk into smaller pieces. A good and free alternative like 7-Zip will work just fine. All you have to do is just right click on the installer and open/extract the content.
You will then get several “.msi” (Windows Installer Package) files. Here’s the list of the gang members and some background information to help you decide whether you’ll need them or not:
- iTunes: Our main character for today, the all-in-one media player & manager and store, application manager, iDevices activator, and music social network client (and whatever else Apple will add in the future).
- QuickTime: Apple’s multimedia framework designed to help you play back digital media files in most popular formats. QuickTime is required for your iTunes to work.
- AppleApplicationSupport: This is the framework for managing applications on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. If you use iTunes to manage your iDevices, you’ll obviously need this one.
- AppleMobileDeviceSupport: This is the synchronization framework for Apple mobile devices like iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. If you only need iTunes to manage other members of the iPod family like the Classic, Mini, Nano and/or Shuffle, you can skip this one.
- AppleSoftwareUpdate: This app will help you keep all your Apple software updated – the ones that you choose and install, and sometimes also the others that you don’t. So I’ll leave it up to you whether you want to install this one or not. I personally prefer to do manual updates from iTunes and QuickTime.
- Bonjour: Is a network application to connect your computer to other devices – like printer, Airport, Apple TV, Airplay Speakerts, etc, over a network. But if you don’t need/use that kind of connectivity, some experts advise you not to install it.
Uninstall Or Re-Install & Tweaking The System
You can just use a software uninstaller such as our beloved Revo Uninstaller or the alternative Iobit Uninstaller to get rid of the components that you don’t need. But it’s better for you to uninstall everything and re-install the ones that you need. Use the list above for your reference.
If you want the installation process to go faster, you can do a “silent” install where the process works without the need for you to intervene. Just open “Run” (Windows + R), empty the field, drag and drop the file that you want to install, add a space and type “/passive” (sans quote).
Click “OK” or hit “Enter” and the process will go from start to finish without the “Next” buttons routine.
After you have finished installing the components that you need, you can disable “iTunesHelper.exe “and “QTTask.exe” from your StartUp list. You can edit the registry in the System Configuration Utility (by typing MSConfig in the Run window), or go the easier way by using a free utility like AutoRuns or WinPatrol. This step is not obligatory but will shed several seconds from your computer startup time and free up some processing power.
If you need iTunes but don’t want to have all the extras, you can use the tricks above to slim down your iTunes installation. I’ve tried it on my system without any problem, but it’s better for you to apply it yourself and tell us the result in the comments below.