STOP APPLE ITUNES UPDATE – How to Stop Annoying iTunes Update Nag for PC

If you have the Apple iTunes installed on your PC you may have noticed the annoying update dialog that seems to appear more and more frequently and this page is going to show you how to permanently stop Apple iTunes from displaying the update nag screen forever.

Apple Itunes Update Nag Screen

More and more every day I am finding that Apple is a real pain in the ass in a lot of ways including the latest IOS 10 update that reportedly is killing peoples cell phone batteries but this particular issue we are dealing with today is the Apple Update nag screen that appears on my every few days asking me to update to the latest version of iTunes.

Apple Itunes Update Dialog Screen

Apple Itunes Update Dialog Screen

While it may seem like common sense you can put a stop to the appearance of this update screen via the Windows Services dialog, Apple makes it a little more difficult than that.

How to Permanently Stop Apple Update Nag Screen [Text Instructions]

  1. Click the Start Menu button and in the search box type Task Scheduler.
  2. Expand the Task Schedule Library section by click the arrow just to the left of the folder.
  3. Click on the Apple folder to select it.
  4. Right-click AppleSoftwareUpdate to display a pop up context menu.
  5. Select Disable or Delete. If you think you may want to re-enable update notifications from Apple in the future then click Disable  so you can go back anytime in the future and re-enable.

This works for all versions of Windows backwards up until Windows XP.

How to Permanently Stop Apple Update Nag Screen [Image Instructions]

  1. Start Menu Task Scheduler

    Start Menu Task Scheduler

  2. Windows Task Scheduler Dialog Box

    Windows Task Scheduler Dialog Box

For Windows XP

  1. Click StartPrograms  Accessories  ➩ System Tools ➩ Scheduled Tasks.
  2. Right click on AppleSoftwareUpdate to display a pop up context menu and select Delete or Rename. If you think you may want to re-enable update notifications from Apple in the future then click Rename. Renaming it will make it so the application that calls and loads the Apple Updater can’t find it because it has been renamed. A good new name to give it so you won’t forget what its original name was is AppleSoftwareUpdate_Renamed. This way you can go back anytime in the future and re-name it back to its original name of AppleSoftwareUpdate.