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Warning - you may be sorry if you uninstall Quicktime

So a few days ago, I came across several articles that were saying if you run Quicktime on a Windows computer, you should uninstall it. Apparently, Apple is no longer going to do updates for it for Windows, and there is some type of security risk that will allow a hacker into your system if you have it. They also mentioned Quicktime isn't needed for most things these days, so there's really no use having it.

And Homeland Security said we should do it as well.

So I did...I figured I didn't need it.


It seems you need it to run itunes...and I run all my music through itunes.

So when I went to play something today, I couldn't play it. >.<

Which meant I had to go through the hassle of reinstalling stuff on my computer.

I wish they'd tell you ALL the stuff it affects instead of just saying 'Get rid of it'.

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MegL wrote on April 20, 2016, 8:32 AM

Yes, a lot of non-Apple programs use quicktime too!

melody23 wrote on April 20, 2016, 9:21 AM

If you have anything Apple then you need everything Apple. Thats why i have never owned an iPod or iPhone or anything made by them because if you have an iPod you need to use iTunes to get stuff on and off it, to do that you need quick time and so on and so on. I prefer to use software because I like it, not because the owner of an item I own insists on it.

If you dont have any Apple equipment, then uninstalling Quicktime really shouldnt cause you any problems. Any videos etc that use quicktime to play on your computer will play on other players such as VLC just fine. the only exception is if you download music through iTunes which some people actually do even though they dont have an iPhone because anything downloaded though iTunes will almost certainly only play on apple software because thats how apple like to work.

Kasman wrote on April 22, 2016, 4:09 PM

One good alternative to Quicktime is Media Player Classic -

BarbRad wrote on April 23, 2016, 4:59 AM

I'm pretty burned up that Windows decided to eliminate something I use all the time -- with no warning. One minute it's on your side menu and right after the Tuesday update it was gone. The item in "recent places." It automatically kept a list of recently used files and folders you probably refer to often so that you don't have to ig through the same folder structure repeatedly as you work. I use PicMonkey a lot in photo editing. To use it I need to upload a file from a folder. To save the finished image, I need to save it to another folders. So if I'm writing a blog where I need to edit several images taken from the same folder, I can't just select that folder from Recent Places in the left menu. Now I have to go through the file structure every time to find the folder among almost two years of photo files, upload the photo, and then find the file I need to save it to again. I can get some help by putting folders I know I will be using together under my favorites, but then I have to manually remove them when no longer needed and keep posting new ones. It slows down my work.

MegL wrote on June 7, 2016, 3:14 AM

kasman , I have only just seen this post. That looks like a useful program. Do you use it?

Kasman wrote on June 7, 2016, 12:45 PM

MegL - I have used it in the past but since I upgraded to Windows 7 I use the Windows Media Player which was already installed. I had no problems with MPC and would not hesitate to use it again.

MegL wrote on June 7, 2016, 6:56 PM

Thanks very much kasman . Windows media player keeps trying to update me to a later version and I don't trust it!

Last Edited: June 7, 2016, 6:56 PM

Kasman wrote on June 8, 2016, 4:24 PM

It doesn't do that with me - I must have the latest version.

VinceSummers wrote on November 20, 2017, 8:44 AM

I originally had a Samsung device, but it disappeared. A friend gave me his top-quality-though-older-model Apple iPad. It works well enough, but files, of course, must be transferred using iTunes. Frankly, it is aggravating software to use. If I buy another device, I'll either get one with Android or Windows on it.

VinceSummers wrote on November 20, 2017, 8:45 AM

Quick Time was always a bit of a nuisance.

melody23 wrote on November 20, 2017, 1:42 PM

exactly how I feel, Ipads are decent bits of kit but transferring files etc is just too time consuming. also a comparable android tablet is considerably cheaper

TheLambLiesDown wrote on November 21, 2017, 5:09 PM

i-Tunes may be the only thing I need it for