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Guide To Slimming Down the Bloated iTunes Installer

So, iTunes 10 has been released, and if your planning to install it, please take a moment to read this post, “When you run iTunes setup program, it unpacks six Windows Installer packages and a master setup program, which then installs nearly 300MB of program and support files, a kernel-mode CD/DVD-burning driver, multiple system services, and a bunch of browser plugins. It configures two “helper” programs to start automatically every time you start your PC, giving you no easy way to disable them. It installs a network service that many iTunes users don’t need and that has been associated with security and reliability issues.” So, what’s we can do? Just install iTunes without the bloatwares:

“To get started, you need a copy of the iTunes Windows installer, which comes in x86 and x64 versions. You also need a third-party file extraction utility. WinZip and WinRAR work fine, or IZArc utility. Use File, Open menu to extract files from iTunesSetup.exe (or, on x64 Windows machines, iTunes64Setup.exe). This screen shows the contents of the 64-bit iTunes 10 installer. Extract those files to a local or network folder and you can run them individually, using command-line switches to control their behavior.”

More Info: unofficial guide to installing iTunes 10 without bloatware

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