I just checked my Windows error logs and Bonjour has caused a ton of errors. After reading about Bonjour and not needing the networking services it provides, I deleted it. Now when I open iTunes, an error message appears saying that there is a problem and that it has to close.

Other posts (1, 2) seem to imply that iTunes can run without Bonjour.

How can I get iTunes running on my Windows 7 machine without installing Bonjour?

  • Just out of curiosity, why do you want to?
    – Harv
    Aug 29, 2014 at 18:52

2 Answers 2


not sure if this is what you are looking for but I have, on occasion, done a standard iTunes install and then gone into Programs and Features and uninstall Bonjour. That and Apple Software Update show up as separate items for installation.

What it then leaves behind, I am unsure of. You used to be able to run regmon and watch installs to see what it installed so you could then rip it out by the roots later. But I gather that it is no longer supported. Not sure if Process Monitor will do the same thing.


This article is a little stale but it worked for me awhile back...


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