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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 52
    Windows 10
       06 Aug 2015 #1

    iTunes Auto Loading at Startup


    Here's a tricky one for you (well I think it is anyway!)

    One of the casualties of my upgrade to Win 10 Home was my iTunes library. Basically, iTunes could no longer find my music, even though it hadn't moved. To cut a long story short, I ended up creating a new library and all was well - or so I thought. Since then, however, every time I boot my PC, iTunes loads at startup, and the curious thing is that there is no reference to the programme in any of the startup folders, nor in Task Managers Start Up list. I also use CCleaner, and that also shows that nothing apple related should be running at startup.

    Clearly something is causing iTunes to run - any ideas? I should add, there are no iPods connected to the PC, and iTunes helper is also disabled via CCleaner.

    Cheers,

    Cliff
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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 52
    Windows 10
       06 Aug 2015 #2

    Okay, just bit the bullet and uninstalled iTunes. Ran CCleaner to clean out the registry and did a re-start. All good (well it would be I suppose )

    Downloaded and installed iTunes. Did a re-start, and up pops iTunes again. Checked in CCleaner, and this time, iTunes helper was ticked to run at startup, so disabled this and re-booted and .......... UP POPS ITUNES!!!

    There has to be a way of getting rid of this programme at startup short of leaving it uninstalled. It behaved perfectly well before I recreated my iTunes library.

    Cliff
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 52
    Windows 10
       06 Aug 2015 #3

    Just for clarity, here's a shot from Task manager:

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  4. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 52
    Windows 10
       06 Aug 2015 #4

    No one any ideas? Can't believe this has got you guys stumped. :-)

    Cliff
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 52
    Windows 10
       07 Aug 2015 #5

    Just by way of a bump, I have now tried loading Windows with all services disabled. iTunes still starts at bootup. Did a boot into safe mode with network and iTunes didn't start - so it can be stopped somehow!

    Checked system restore, and found I had a restore point before iTunes stated to play up. Brilliant! Restored the PC to that point and ....... iTunes starts at bootup!!!!!

    I surely can't be the only one with this issue - can I?

    Cliff
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  6. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 52
    Windows 10
       07 Aug 2015 #6

    Yup - still plugging away. Uninstalled iTunes again, but this time using Revo Uninstaller Pro. It found a shed load of registry entries and files etc left behind after the standard install. Removed the lot, and then did the same for Bonjour; Quick Time; and all the other sundry Apple programmes and services.

    Rebooted - all good.

    Re-installed iTunes from scratch - not good. Back to auto running at start up.

    Just to check my sanity, I installed iTunes on our lap top (also Win 10). It runs fine, with no auto loading issues. Seriously, what the hell is going on here, why won't iTunes play nicely on my PC?

    Cliff
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 52
    Windows 10
       08 Aug 2015 #7

    Well, finally, all sorted.

    Checked everywhere in the Windows registry and could find no reason for iTunes to auto start. Logically then, decided that Windows wasn't the culprit and it must be another programme calling on iTunes, so revisited my startup list. Disabled all programmes (even though none were Apple related) and bingo, no iTunes loading.

    Finally narrowed it down to Plex Media Server. Every time it started, it bought iTunes along for the ride. Nice.

    It transpires that, since version 12.2, iTunes no longer generates a physical XML file for its library database by default. When I re-created my iTunes library following the initial problem, no XML file was created, which Plex needs in order to run its iTunes plug in properly. Plex was therefore starting iTunes in order to access my music library.

    The cure was simple. Just a single tick needed in the box "Share itunes XML with other apps". This forces iTunes to create a physical xml file, and keeps Plex happy.

    It's only taken me best part of 3 days to sort! Still, hopefully all the effort may help someone else if they have the same issue.

    Cheers,

    Cliff
    Last edited by Teflon; 09 Dec 2015 at 03:49.
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  8. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Professional 64 bits
       14 Sep 2015 #8

    Thank you


    Thank you for your help, I have been looking for solutions since 4 days.


    Teflon said: View Post
    Well, finally, all sorted.

    Checked everywhere in the Windows registry and could find no reason for iTunes to auto start. Logically then, decided that Windows wasn't the culprit and it must be another programme calling on iTunes, so revisited my startup list. Disabled all programmes (even though none were Apple related) and bingo, no iTunes loading.

    Finally narrowed it down to Plex Media Server. Every time it started, it bought iTunes along for the ride. Nice.

    It transpires that, since version 12.2, iTunes no longer generates a physical XML file for its library database by default. When I re-created my iTunes library following the initial problem, no XML file was created, which Plex needs in order to run its iTunes plug in properly. Plex was therefore starting Plex in order to access my music library.

    The cure was simple. Just a single tick needed in the box "Share itunes XML with other apps". This forces iTunes to create a physical xml file, and keeps Plex happy.

    It's only taken me best part of 3 days to sort! Still, hopefully all the effort may help someone else if they have the same issue.

    Cheers,

    Cliff
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 52
    Windows 10
       14 Sep 2015 #9

    You're welcome - glad it helped someone.

    Cliff
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  10. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 1
    Win 10 64-bit
       14 Nov 2015 #10

    It helped me too - I have the same combination of Plex and iTunes. Thank you so much.
    Teflon said: View Post
    You're welcome - glad it helped someone.

    Cliff
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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