Core weaknesses

Apple was getting insistent about iTunes 11.1.4, so I yielded. Not a good idea: the installation halted halfway through because one of the supporting packages hadn’t started. Okay, fine. The package wouldn’t start. The install claimed to have completed, but then the program wouldn’t start, claiming there was a missing DLL (for those keeping score, it was msvcr80.dll).

WTF are you talking about? I didn’t lose any DLLs. I attempted a reinstall, which wouldn’t even start. When that failed, I called up trusty System Restore, which went 0-3 on the dates chosen. Finally I had to uninstall everything Apple-related on the box, throw out a bunch of files manually, and only then would the installer work.

At least it didn’t screw up the actual iTunes library (7400 tracks, several playlists, and a couple of radio stations).


  1. McGehee »

    5 February 2014 · 7:14 am

    Some time ago I went through all of those stages — except the one where I install the new version.

    On my main box I no longer hear from Apple except by email. On the one I have connected to the TV I occasionally still get the Apple Installer wanting to install iTunes and QuickTime, but I just click those away because I’m not ready to rummage the registry in Windows 8.1.

    I might inadvertently wind up with Windows RT.

  2. ms7168 »

    5 February 2014 · 7:18 am

    I don’t have i anything on my system and that is by design.

  3. Bill Peschel »

    5 February 2014 · 7:22 am

    It feels so good to stop iTunes at 10.6.

  4. CGHill »

    5 February 2014 · 7:55 am

    Yeah, Bill, that’s about the point where the Bloat Factor turned sharply upward. Been there, endured that.

  5. backwoods conservative »

    5 February 2014 · 8:27 am

    I gave them an earful about how bad they screwed up their product with iTunes 11. It didn’t do any good. If I didn’t love my iPod so much I’d quit having anything to do with them.

  6. Jeffro »

    5 February 2014 · 9:30 pm

    I just gave up -I’d uninstalled and the reinstall failed. There were a couple “fixes” online and I ran them – nada.

    When removing files did you get into the registry? Or did it just leave some files under Programs and the browsers?

  7. CGHill »

    6 February 2014 · 9:18 am

    It scattered stuff throughout Program Files. I didn’t mess with the Registry, on the basis that Apple uninstalls do seem to unload the Registry correctly while littering the rest of the machine.

  8. Jeffro »

    6 February 2014 · 1:35 pm


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