How to fix QuickTime install error in Windows 10 with these 4 steps

By: Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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There are a lot of redundant applications which, over the years, found their end on the software scrap yard. One of those is QuickTime, Apple’s multimedia framework and player for once scarce and nowadays common video formats. If you’re not using old Adobe’s applications, there’s a chance that you don’t need it at all, especially since it’s discontinued and doesn’t support Windows 10.

On the other hand, the fact that there are still interested users and the installation on Windows 10 ends with an error, we decided to find the alternative ways to obtain and utilize QuickTime on your Windows 10 PC.

If you are really keen to use it, we advise you to follow the steps below.

How to install Apple’s QuickTime in Windows 10

  1. Run the installer in the compatibility mode
  2. Use a customized installer to install latest QuickTime version (third-party source)
  3. Try installing an older version
  4. Use QuickTime alternative

1: Run the installer in the compatibility mode

As we already have said, QuickTime for Windows support is discontinued and it’s not advised to stick with this application furthermore. However, if you’re eternally bound to this nifty player, we’ll help you use it in the safest possible way.

There are various ways to approach the incompatibility of QuickTime with the latest Windows iteration. The first one is to try and run the installer in the compatibility mode for Windows Vista and move from there.

If you’re not certain how to run the QuickTime installer in the compatibility mode, make sure to follow these instructions:

  1. Download the QuickTime installer and save it.
  2. Navigate to the download location.
  3. Right-click on the QuickTime installer and open Properties.
  4. Select the Compatibility tab.
  5. Check the ”Run this program in compatibility mode for” box.
  6. Select Windows Vista from the drop-down menu.
  7. Check the ”Run this program as an administrator” box.windows 10 quicktime install error
  8. Confirm changes and close Properties.
  9. Run the QuickTime installer.

2: Use a customized installer to install QuickTime (third-party source)

There seems to be a workaround which overcomes the issue at hand and forces the installer. In order to use this approach, you’ll be needing a third-party archiver like WinRar. On the other hand, you can download the installation which is already adapted for Windows 10. However, the problem is in the fact that this comes from the unofficial source and it’s thus possibly a malware. If you decide to use this way to install QuickTime on Windows 10, you’re doing so on your own responsibility.

Follow these instructions to install QuickTime on your Windows 10 PC:

  1. Download the Windows 10 installer for QuickTime, here.
  2. Remove all previous versions of QuickTime. We suggest using a third-party uninstaller and our weapon of choice IObit Uninstaller Pro. Make sure to give it a try and look for yourself.
  3. Run the installer and wait until the process is finished.
  4. Restart your PC and try running QuickTime.

3: Try installing an older version

Even though this is quite uncommon, the latest version (QT 7.7.9 from January 2016) is mostly the one with issues on Windows 10. However, for some peculiar reason, users were able to install an older iteration of QuickTime and update it later on. This, of course, requires, some effort and meddling with untrusted sources. It’s strange for the once widely acknowledged application to completely vanish from the official sites. Even though there are still formats which are related to Apple’s legacy player.

So, if you’re up to it, follow these steps to install QuickTime on Windows 10:

  1. Navigate to Apple’s support website and choose an older version of QuickTime.
  2. Download the QuickTime installer and run it in the compatibility mode for Vista and with the administrative permission.
  3. Wait until the installation is finished and

4: Use QuickTime alternative

Finally, if you’re in need of QuickTime but you still can’t get it to work, the only thing you can do is to turn to an alternative. To be perfectly honest, VLC Player with appropriate codecs should be able to replace it just fine. It’s small and well-designed and, proverbially, there’s no a video format known to man which can’t be played with VLC.

Also, due to improvements in applications once dependent on QuickTime, you won’t need it to play videos in a browser or to use Adobe’s suits. Finally, we sometimes just need to let go, as there are probably good reasons why QuickTime for Windows is primarily neglected and then discontinued.

In case you have a better or more reliable way to install QuickTime in Windows 10, make sure to share it with us and our readers in the comments section below.

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