Disable Apple Software Update Screen (Windows)

The Apple Software Update kept appearing on my computer and I couldn’t figure out what was causing this annoyance. 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.

Apple Software Update Screen

 

Windows 7/Vista

1. Click the Windows Start orb in the lower-left corner and type task scheduler in the Start Search box. Press Enter.

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

 

XP

1. Click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks.

2. Right-click on AppleSoftwareUpdate and select Delete.

Delete Apple Software Update

Comments

  1. Spartacus says

    @LaiLai

    Apple can also put update software into your Startup folders.

    The easiest (not only, just easiest) way of dealing with that IMHO is to download the famous CCLEANER which has a fully-functional Freeware version.

    Run it, click the TOOLS button and then click STARTUP. It has additional Schedules (not found in Schedules) and it has the Windows start-up files. You can easily disable or delete them inside that.

    I’ve disabled about 25 programs from my Startup. I *had* to as each day for some reason my laptop was freezing for about 5 minutes every 20. I worried it might be unasked-for updates. Now? No freezing whatsoever.

    However, this tip from this site was in addition to CCLEANER. I managed to stop EVERYTHING else except this update, evidence CCLEANER is good but not completely perfect.

  2. Spartacus says

    Very, very helpful. Found this site in a DuckDuckGo search and very glad I did.

    Thanks again… no more Apple spam.

  3. Tom Turkington says

    Just to offer my thanks too… I remember where a U.S. Senator recently asked the CEO (or some other bigshot) from Apple why his software always wants to update itself. My recollection is the CEO shrugged his shoulders like he didn’t know. I use iTunes very rarely, and yet they act like their software is soooo important. Should be a checkbox on the screen to either disable or allow automatic updates without user intervention. In any event, one less annoyance in my life. Thank you very much.

  4. andy says

    im having this problem
    however when i open task scheduler and expand the library the apple folder doesnt apear to be there.
    please help!

  5. Bruce says

    Thanks, this has been annoying me. I couldn’t find anything in Services that would explain this weekly prompt but didn’t think of looking at Task Scheduler.

  6. Ron says

    This is a great way to look for other instances where programs have decided to auto-update themselves. Google Update was listed in my XP Task Manager (which I keep running at all times), and removing it from the Scheduled Tasks seems to have kept it from updating or running in the background.

    On the more extreme side, if you’ve downloaded a program that has malware embedded, sometimes these will also show up in the Scheduled Tasks. Be warned that simply deleting the malware from S.T. may not keep it from reinstalling, in which case right click the task, click Properties, see where it’s originally called from, and try deleting it from there.

    Thanks for providing a system that makes it easy for malware to remain undetected, Microsoft. *shakes fist enthusiastically*

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