You may want to switch over from iTunes to some different software for playing your music. However, uninstalling iTunes completely from your system can be a herculean task.
In this article we will try and help you achieve your objective and get rid of iTunes as well as iTunes helper, QuickTime, Bonjour and everything else.
There are a couple of ways in which you can completely remove iTunes and other Apple software from your windows computer.
Conventional Uninstallation Procedure
Installing iTunes is pretty easy and doesn’t take a lot of time. Simply installing iTunes on your system gives you additional apps and features as well. iTunes are finely attuned to working perfectly well with iPod and other gadgets by Apple. The problem comes in when you uninstall iTunes.
Uninstalling iTunes from Program and Features doesn’t work as expected. You will be required to re-start your computer to finish the process of uninstallation.
But even then your system will not be rid of various features and applications.
Go to Programs and Features after re-starting your computer. You will find all the applications from Apple (including QuickTime) still sitting in your Windows. You will have to uninstall each feature manually. Even then there is no guarantee that these features will be uninstalled.
Revo Uninstaller for Uninstalling Apple Features
You can make use of one uninstall utility to get rid of any Apple software that has been left behind while deleting iTunes. This uninstall utility is the Revo Uninstaller. You can download the free version from the internet or purchase the Revo Uninstall Pro from the official website. However, even the Pro version gives you free trial of 30 days. Here we will use the Pro version.
The Revo Uninstaller will give you a list of all features and applications from Apple. You will have to go through each apps and uninstall it.
A major plus of using Revo Uninstaller Pro is that it helps prepare a Restore Point that proves to be useful if something doesn’t work as planned.
Revo lets you scan files and registry settings for leftover application and features from Apple. You will receive a list of endless apps that have been left behind. If you find loads of Registry items then delete only the ones that have been highlighted in blue.
The next step involves scanning files and folders. This can be quite tedious since there are plenty of files and folders that will require to be scanned. If you wish to uninstall all Apple programs from your system then simply select all files and folders and delete them.
Many times Revo will also give you leftover Registery items even after the uninstallation of QuickTime and Bonjour.
Tip: before you begin with the uninstallation process using Revo, ensure that all your programs and applications are closed. You must also prepare backups of your music files and move them to a different location or to another drive,
Manual Removal of All Leftovers from Apple
Revo does an excellent work as an uninstaller; however, there still might be many files, folders, entries, etc. that Revo would have missed out on. To take care of these Leftovers run the utility Everything. This utility will delete all the unwanted apps from your system.
Everything has the prowess to locate items that went unnoticed by Revo. Once you have located these items they are easy to delete.