iTunes is more multipurpose than you probably know it to be. iTunes has always been thought of as a music streaming platform by many people, especially those who may not be Apple users. When it was originally developed, iTunes was purely a service for purchasing music for the iPod.

Now, it’s a software program that can stream songs, upload music to iCloud, share music, convert between audio formats, transfer music to CDs and many other features. If you have iTunes installed on your Windows device for many of these features, then it’s important for iTunes to run smoothly so that you can benefit from it. But, what happens when it won’t run smoothly anymore?

This happens more commonly than you’d think. Many things can cause iTunes to stop working, such as an update or an outdated driver. Here’s how you can try to get iTunes to start working again on your Windows device.

Fixes for iTunes on your Windows Device

Use “Run as Administrator

This is one of the most common fixes for a crashing iTunes app. Sometimes, an update on your Windows device might change the permissions of some of the files and folders that your iTunes program might require. This will restrict the program from having access to those files and folders, which will cause it to crash and prevent it from launching. To fix this, you can choose to run it as an administrator, which will give it the privileges it needs to bypass the restrictions and allow it to launch. Here’s how you do that.

1. Locate the iTunes shortcut on your device’s home screen. The icon is a circle outlined in blue and purple with a white background and a musical note.

2. Right click on that icon on your home screen and a menu will appear.

Run as administrator

3. On the menu, select “Run as administrator” which has a blue and yellow shield icon to the left of it.

4. When the User Control Dialog box appears on the screen, select “Yes” so that the app can make the changes needed to access the folders and files on your device.

iTunes should open correctly now. To prevent yourself from having to do this again, here’s how you can set it up so that it always runs as an administrator.

5. Locate the iTunes shortcut on your device’s home screen. The icon is a circle outlined in blue and purple with a white background and a musical note.

6. Right click on that icon on your home screen and a menu will appear.

7. Select “Properties” from the menu.

8. In the iTunes Properties app, select the “Compatibility” box on the right side of the screen.

9. At the bottom of the Compatibility screen, check the box next to the option that says, “Run this program as an administrator.”

10. Select Apply and OK at the bottom of the screen.

Now this program will always run as an administrator.

Update iTunes

Windows 10 receives frequent updates that might be automatic and semi- regular, which may prevent iTunes from running properly. Updating iTunes to the newest update might make the app work again. There’s an easy way to update the iTunes app on your device.

1. Launch your Microsoft Store app.

2. In the right corner of the screen, you’ll see an icon that resembles three vertical dots. Click on that and a menu will appear.

Downloads and Updates

3. On that menu, select “Downloads and Updates.” You’ll be navigated to where you’ll see all the apps that you have downloaded.


4. Click on the iTunes app.

5. Then, you’ll be navigated to where you’ll see the app information and you can see if there’s a button that says “Update.” If you see that option, that means that an update is available and you should click it.

Use iTunes in Safe Mode

Safe Mode

Safe Mode is for when you have a third- party app installed on iTunes that may be preventing the app from starting up. If you run the app in Safe Mode, then this will block those third party apps from affecting your app launch. All you have to do to get the app to run in Safe Mode is to hold Ctrl+ Shift on your keyboard and then click on the app icon. a menu will appear in the middle of the screen and you’ll need to select “Continue.” The app should load properly once you do this.

Uninstall and Reinstall the App


This might fix all of the issues that you might be having. Searching for the app in the left corner of the toolbar will have the app pop up. Right click on it and the option to uninstall it will appear. All you have to do after you uninstall it is go into the Microsoft Store and reinstall it. Try to launch it after you download it.

Hopefully, one of these options helps iTunes begin running again for you.