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missvassy Calculating status...
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Feb 12, 2011 1:45 AM
I just downloaded the latest version of itunes and now it automatically opens. I keep trying to close it and it closes but then opens back up about 10 seconds later. I do have a USB headset plugged into my computer so I can use my Dragon and Rosetta Stone. Even though this never caused a problem before I installed the update, I thought maybe if I unplugged it, it would prevent the itunes from opening (thought that maybe itunes thought it was a device). Rebooted computer and it still kept opening up.

I am running Windows 7 - 64 bit.

Help! This is driving me nuts.
Windows 7
  • polydorus Level 6 Level 6 (11,950 points)
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    Feb 12, 2011 5:34 AM (in response to missvassy)
    Do you have any programs/wigits that can use the iTunes library.
    Any program that uses the iTunes scripting interface will cause iTunes to open. If it is a program, it is probably configured to open at start up as you say it happens all the time.
    Dell XPS iPod 20GB iTunes, Windows 7, 64 bit
  • iPodUserTHX Calculating status...
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    Feb 12, 2011 11:46 AM (in response to polydorus)
    I have exactly the same issue - iTunes will not stay closed. iTunes is my only music player and is set as the default music player. No widgets, plug-ins etc (apart from Soundspectrum visualizers).

    I have put up with this for a long time, and can see from a Google search that many others have too.

    As this issue occurs across several versions of Windows and also plagues Mac OS users, it would be great if there was a definitive answer from the devs about this, or, an update which will fix it.

    The only way I can force iTunes to close and stay closed is to use Windows Task Manager to kill the iTunes and the iTunes Helper processes.

    It would be really nice to either download an update to fix this, place/remove a checkmark in one of the options, or change a registry setting so that this no longer occurs.

    Windows 7
  • tubalew Calculating status...
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    Feb 13, 2011 9:56 AM (in response to missvassy)
    I have been having the same problem and the only way to deal with it has been to either reboot, or open task manager and force any apple processes to close then to force close iTunes. This seems to have kept it closed.
    Windows 7
  • JavaholicKris Calculating status...
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    May 1, 2011 3:19 PM (in response to missvassy)

    I'm having the same problem.  Sounds like a bug, and if so I hope they get a fix quick. This is bugging me.   Jeez, how corny... and I wasn't even trying.


    Message was edited by: JavaholicKris

  • JavaholicKris Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 1, 2011 3:21 PM (in response to tubalew)

    I just tried that tubalew, unfortunately that didn't do it for me.  Thanks for the advice.

  • rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    May 1, 2011 4:15 PM (in response to JavaholicKris)

    Do you have an add-on like for iTunes? If so, you need to close that before closing iTunes.


    Is your iPod connected while this is happening? If so, is it set to automatically open iTunes when connected? If that's the case, either eject your iPod and disconnect it before shutting down iTunes, or change the iPod setting.

  • mpsgt Calculating status...
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    Jul 19, 2011 6:09 AM (in response to missvassy)

    Well, I'm pretty much stumped about this this also.  We have nothing running in the background and tried diagnostics etc with no success either.  I thought maybe one of my kids dinking around with computer caused this problem so I'm glad to see it's not just me.

  • ClutchCargo99 Calculating status...
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    Nov 19, 2011 8:34 AM (in response to missvassy)

    For everyone having this problem...if you have 'Sync with iPhone over WiFi checked on your summary page....and you are using WiFi....uncheck it!

  • craigfromhamilton Calculating status...
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    Dec 31, 2011 11:00 AM (in response to missvassy)

    I am having a similar issue on an iMac running 10.6.8 and iTunes 10.


    This was not happening until I plugged in a set of Bose speakers to the iMac. Ever since then it constantly happens. I have no widgets or anything plugged into the iMac other than the speakers.


    I think a software update is in order here Apple Developers!

  • Brardith Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2012 12:14 PM (in response to missvassy)

    I, too, have this problem. I'm running a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate, with only hardware and USB device drivers, and iTunes x64.



    Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard w/ Built in RealTek Audio

    Creative SB-XFi HD Audio USB


    It continually reopens unless I go into the task manager and kill the iTunes.exe *32 process manually.


    Edit: Windows 7 has popped up an Action Center message saying that the system is registering it as iTunes continually crashing and reopening. So obviously there's some sort of problem, at least in my case, with how iTunes is trying to close.

  • gbmils Calculating status...
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    Feb 3, 2012 10:42 AM (in response to missvassy)

    hmm, multiple threads, Brardith - you are on an old one, still valid info though, might as well post here as well


    Annoying bug, until apple fix, two options:

    - Under the Devices tab of preferences, check the box that says: "Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from synching automatically."
    - If your iPhone shows up in the left column, select it and uncheck the box that says "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi"

    - create a batch file on your desktop i.e. create a file, rename it to .bat

    add this to file

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe"
    taskkill /F /IM AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe
    taskkill /F /IM itunes.exe

    attach device, run batch file, use as normal, close itunes - hopefully it shouldnt start..


    alternatively - run as normal - if itunes keeps popping up, then run the batch file a couple of times and see it that stops it.

    works for me

    windows 7 x64, itunes

  • Mikkel13 Calculating status...
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    Feb 28, 2012 1:30 AM (in response to missvassy)

    I've had this same issue for a while now after updating to 10.5. I sat down and played with it tonight and stumbed on to an easy fix.

    This worked on a Windows 7 64-bit machine.


    1: I right clicked my iTunes shortcut on the desktop,

    2: Selected "Open Containing Folder",

    3: Right clicked the iTunes EXE file,

    4: Chose properties,

    5: Clicked on the Compatibility tab,

    6: Checked the box marked "Run this program in compatibility mode for:",

    7: Selected Windows 7 in the drop down,

    8: Checked the box marked "Run this program as an administrator".


    That seems to have fixed it for me. I hope it works for any one else who reads this! Good luck!

  • charisma03 Calculating status...
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    Mar 6, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to Mikkel13)

    This fixed it for me! Thanks for that. It was getting very frustrating.

  • kulpdogg Calculating status...
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    Apr 29, 2012 1:05 PM (in response to Mikkel13)

    The also fixed it for me.  Thanks for the great tip!

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