iTunes: Using MSCONFIG to Troubleshoot Conflicts in Windows Vista

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In Windows Vista, some background processes can cause issues for other programs and processes. These conflicts can prevent application such as iTunes and QuickTime Player from working correctly, opening, or even installing. You might be able to resolve these conflicts by disabling some items using the System Configuration Utility (MSCONFIG) in Windows Vista. This utility is not included with Windows 2000.

Note: Disabling third-party System Services and Startup Items can prevent some software or OEM hardware on your computer from working correctly. For example, this can affect the CD/DVD control buttons on portable computers or prevent wireless keyboards and mice from functioning. If you are already using the Selective Startup option in Windows, you will need to keep track of which items you disable and re-enable so after performing this troubleshooting, you can get your computer back to the way it was. Selecting Normal Setup may enable items that you were not using, and could cause issues.

The products affected by this are QuickTime for Windows, iTunes  for Windows, Windows Vista.

To use MSCONFIG to troubleshoot conflicts in Windows Vista, follow the steps below:

1. From the Start menu, click All Programs | Accessories.

2. Click Run. A Run window (command prompt) appears.

3. Type msconfig in the Open field and click OK.

4. If Windows needs your permission to continue, click Continue. The System Configuration Utility opens.

5. Switch to the General tab.

6. Select the "Selective Startup" option, and then seselect the "Load Startup Items" checkbox.

7. Click the Startup tab, and select the "iTunesHelper" and "qttask" checkboxes in the list.

8. Switch to the Services tab, and Make sure that "Hide All Microsoft Services" is selected.

9. Click Disable All | OK

Note: If you are troubleshooting an iPhone-related issue, select the "Apple Mobile Device" checkbox in the list.

10. Click Restart, After restarting (and logging in to Windows), a message appears stating that Windows has blocked startup programs and indicates the Blocked startup programs icon in the notification area (far right) of the taskbar. Click the message.

11. Click the Blocked startup programs icon, select Run blocked program and select System Configuration Utility.

12. If Windows needs your permission to continue, click Continue. A window appears confirming that "You have used the System Configuration Utility to make changes to the way Windows starts." Click OK. The System Configuration Utility appears. DO NOT click OK here as this will prompt you to restart again. First try to reproduce the issue you were having.

Note: If following these steps resolves the issue, you may want to use the System Configuration Utility to turn on the third-party System Services and Startup Items one or few at a time (restarting your computer after turning on the item or items) to identify which System Service or Startup Item is causing the conflict. You can turn all of them back on by selecting the Normal Startup option under the General tab of the System Configuration Utility window, but please note that this may cause the issue to recur.

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10/19/2012 3:10:25 PM  

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