How To Check for the Latest iTunes Update in Windows

Making sure that iTunes is up to date will guarantee that you get to use its hottest and most recent features. Here are the steps on how to check for the latest updates on iTunes if using it on a Microsoft Windows platform.

1.    Switch your computer on and connect to the Internet.
For you to be able to check for the latest available iTunes update, you need to have an active Internet connection. Browse a few Web pages first before proceeding to the next step.

2.    Launch iTunes.
If you have not deleted the shortcut of iTunes on your desktop, you can simply open this application by double clicking on the iTunes icon. In case you already deleted the icon, you can launch the iTunes application through the Start Menu. The following lists the steps on how to accomplish this task.

(a)    Open the Start Menu either by using your mouse and hitting “Start”, pressing the “Windows” key on your keyboard, or pressing “Ctrl” and “ESC” simultaneously.
(b)    Hit “All Programs”, or “Programs” if using the classic Start Menu.
(c)    Highlight the folder for “iTunes”.
(d)    Double click on the icon for “iTunes”.

3.    Look for the Help menu where you can find the option to check for updates.

On iTunes’ menu bar, you will see menus for “File”, “Edit”, “View,” Controls”, “Store”, “Advanced” and “Help”. Hit the menu for “Help” and select “Check for Updates” from the menu the pops out. A new window will pop out, informing you that iTunes is currently checking for new updates. If you currently have the recent version of iTunes, you will not get a message informing you about the new version, however if the case is that your version of iTunes is not the latest version, a message box will pop out with details telling you that there is a new version available for download. To download the update, just hit the button that says “Download iTunes”.

4.    Download necessary software update.
As mentioned earlier, if you want to upgrade your iTunes to the latest version, hit the button that says, “Download iTunes”. This will take you to a new window named “Apple Software Update”. Make sure you tick the box next to iTunes and QuickTime and uncheck the boxes next to Safari and iPhone Configuration Utility if you are not using these applications. Hit the “Install Item” button located on the lower left hand corner of the window to commence the downloading of updates.

Depending on your Internet connection and the size of the update, it could take a while before the downloading process is completed. When the download does finish, allow iTunes to install the necessary updates. Once the downloading and installation is complete, the application will ask you to reboot your system. Press the “Yes” button to restart your system. Once you log back in to Windows, launch iTunes and you will get the “Software License Agreement” window. Hit the “Agree” button and you now have the latest version of iTunes.


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