Disable Apple Software Update Screen (Windows)

The Apple Software Update kept appearing on my computer to remind me to update iTunes, QuickTime, and iCloud. I wanted to disable it, but I couldn’t figure out where or how it was running. I didn’t find it in my Startup folder or in the registry anywhere. Soon I discovered it was in my Scheduled Tasks. Here is how you can prevent the Apple Software Update screen from appearing.

Windows 10, 8, 7, & Vista

  1. Click the Windows Start button in the lower-left corner and type task scheduler in the Start Search box. Open the “Task Scheduler“.
  2. Expand the “Task Schedule Library” section.
  3. Select the “Apple” folder.
  4. Right-click “AppleSoftwareUpdate” and select “Disable” or “Delete“.
    Disable Apple Update in Task Scheduler

Windows XP

  1. Click “Start” > “Programs” > “Accessories” > “System Tools” > “Scheduled Tasks“.
  2. Right-click on “AppleSoftwareUpdate” and select “Delete“.
    Delete Apple Software Update


  1. Leo says

    Thank you so very much for the life safer!! The iTunes auto-update has been slowing down my VMWare windows session so much!

  2. Michelle says

    Thank you sooooo much. I’ve been trying to get rid of this for weeks. every other search tells me to open itunes and disable the update — something I figured out on my own – but nothing stopped the update from coming on my computer.
    I already have problems with my computer and this pop-up was coming up in middle of the night and causing a freeze….and I couldn’t do the update because my system is not compatible with the latest version of itunes so it was extremely important that I didn’t downloaded it.
    Again, thank you. I never would have thought to look there.

  3. Procrastination Ambulance says

    Thanks! That was so annoying. I didn’t disable mine, as very old versions of software can be a security risk, so I changed the frequency to every 26 weeks. I rarely use iTunes, but best to be safe.

  4. Tracey says

    Thanks a million! I am forced to have Apple on my PC against my will (dh/dd and their blasted iphones…).

  5. Beren says

    Mitch, thank you for this you’re awesome. That apple popup has been infuriating me for a long time.

  6. marvin says

    How dare Apple put their program on my new copy of Windows 7. I didn’t ask for it, I don’t use it. I like Windows Media Player just fine and yet the Apple ITunes accept/decline window appears every time I try to play music now. How do I stop this? I didn’t start it, but I sure intend to finish it!

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