Saturday, December 09, 2006

Any hope for iTunes on Windows XP 64?

I have intentionally avoided getting an iPod because...
iTunes is currently not supported in Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (the 64-bit version of Windows XP). Features may or may not work correctly. One example is reading or writing to an optical drive (CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW). It’s also possible iTunes for Windows may not successfully install.

Recently I purchased a Sony Walkman because it is supported on XP64. (The Sony SonicStage software is horrible, by the way.) So wouldn't you know it, I won a 30GB iPod Video at my company's holiday party!

I debated just selling it on eBay and decided that was more hassle than the $175 - $200 I could get out of it. I considered regifting it but I don't know anyone I like that much. So I finally broke down and installed iTunes.

The installation went fine and after it finished it tried to load iTunes and this all that happened:

Okay, I'm a nerd, I can make this work. I excluded all the EXE's from Data Execution Protection and set them all to run in Windows 2000 compatibility mode. I fired up iTunes, and I get the same error. Multiple reboots, lots of Googling, numerous suggestions, and all this is as far as I can get.

Apple's lack of support for XP64 is frustrating, but it's not completely surprising. Supposedly Anapod Explorer works in XP64 so I'm going to give it a try. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Until I can get some software that works I have a really pretty but effectively useless $200 paperweight on my desk.


  1. Try YamiPod ( ) or Podplayer ( ), both are pretty good at doing the disk-iPod-disk conversions, but don't give you the Podcast/iTunes store functionality obviously...

  2. Thanks Stu. YamiPod seems to do what I want, but PodPlayer is only for playing music already on the iPod. I'll give it a try too. So far I'm finding Anapod Explorer a bit... weird.

  3. Hello All,

    I have built an installer to install iTunes v8.01 on Windows XP 64-bit.

    It includes all required files including Quicktime 7.5.5 and GEAR Drivers for CD burning.

    All you have to do is click next, next, next, no special step required. ENJOY!

    Download Link: