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 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. 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.

  2. Tracey says

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

  3. Beren says

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

  4. 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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