ITunes Wont Open: What Do I Do?

Your iTunes won't open? What do you do? iTunes is a popular music player and organizer offered from Apple and available for both Macs and PCs, being able to be synced with other iProducts, such as the iPhone, the iPad, and the iTouch. But sometimes, as with any program, iTunes might stop working, which can be a frustrating hassle for it's users.

There are several reasons why iTunes won't open, but luckily these things are easy to rectify.

  1. Norton Antivirus – the number one reason iTunes may not open can be attributed to Norton's antivirus software. This usually prevents the iTunes program to update or run in the background. The solution to this is to try running Norton's Liveupdate. When complete, you'll be asked to restart your computer and that should allow iTunes to run.
  2. Stop Processes – sometimes programs on a computer can get stuck in the traffic that happens when your programs are running in the background. iTunes can get stuck, not allowing the user to actually open the program. The easiest way to get around this is to bring up your computer's task manager and to halt the iTunes.exe process. Close the task manager and then try restarting iTunes.
  3. Run as Administrator – sometimes, programs won't run unless a computer administrator is signed in. This usually happens on shared computers or when someone is using the guest account on a computer. The easiest way to do this is to right click on the iTunes icon and select run as administrator. When asked for the username and password, enter it in (or have the admin enter it) and then iTunes will be able to open.
  4. Reinstall – sometimes the best thing to do for a program that's not working is to just uninstall the current program and then reinstall it. This can be important, especially for iTunes users using Windows 7, where you need to give the computer permission twice to install the program (once for iTunes, once for Quicktime)

If you ever find yourself going, "iTunes won't open, what do I do?", there's no need to get upset or even frustrated. There are a few reasons for iTunes not opening, but in most cases these can be easily rectified by either closing or reinstalling the program.

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