How to Fix iTunes Freezes on Windows 10 When Opened, iDevice Connected,
or During Sync/Restore

iTunes iTunes Error Posted by Estrella H.| Last Updated: Feb 4, 2021

All Possible Solutions to Fix iTunes Keeps Freezing on Windows 10 Problem

"When I open iTunes on Windows 10, it freezes and won't let me make any selections. So, I have to close it through task manager."
"When I plug in my iPhone, iTunes freezes immediately. What's wrong? By the way, I use Windows 10."
"Whenever I try to sync with iPhone, iTunes freezes. Has anyone had this problem?"

Many users reported online that iTunes could freeze on their Windows 10 computer when they start up iTunes, connect iPhone or other iOS device, sync files, restore iPhone from iTunes backup, play back media, etc. Really annoying, right? So, how to fix this iTunes problem on Windows 10? Keep reading and get answers.

By the way, we can still transfer files between iDevice and Windows 10 without iTunes.

How to Troubleshoot iTunes Keeps Freezing on Windows 10?

Fix 1. Run iTunes on Windows 10 as an administrator
Firstly, close your frozen iTunes. If it doesn't respond after you click the close icon, shut down it via task manager. If the whole PC freezes, force close it. Then, reboot computer, right-click on iTunes icon, and select "Run as administrator".

Fix 2. Run iTunes in safe mode
In this way, you can isolate iTunes from any interference caused by third-party plug-ins. To start iTunes in safe mode, hold down the Shift and Ctrl keys on your keyboard when opening iTunes. Then, you should see a message "iTunes is running in Safe Mode. Visual plug-ins you have installed have been temporarily disabled." If iTunes no longer freezes on Windows 10 after running in safe mode, the culprit should be third-party plug-ins and you'd better remove them.

Fix iTunes freezes on Windows 10

Fix 3. End APSDaemon.exe
Close iTunes, and then open Task Manager. Navigate to Processes tab, locate APSDaemon.exe and close it. Then go back to iTunes and see if the issue gets fixed. If this solution works, take the following actions to avoid doing the same thing every time your restart your Windows 10 computer: go to Run > enter msconfig > click Startup tab > uncheck "Apple Push" > hit on OK > reboot computer.

Fix 4. Remove SC files
If there's no APSDaemon.exe file, remove SC files, and then restart computer and iTunes to have a try.

Fix 5. Repair or reinstall QuickTime
To repair QuickTime, go to Control Panel, then Programs and Features, click QuickTime, and tap on Repair.

Fix 6. Move iTunes preference folder
Move one of iTunes preference folders to the desktop and see if iTunes not responding on Windows 10 error persists. If it does, move it back and try another folder. Below are the locations for those folders:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\iTunes
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes

Also read: 5 Most Common iTunes Errors on Windows 10: Fix Various iTunes Problems on Windows 10

Without iTunes, We Can also Manage, Backup, Transfer iOS Files

If you still keep iTunes and endure iTunes freezing on your Windows 10 computer from time to time or other iTunes errors because you need it to manage your files of iPhone iPad iPod, now it's time to discard it. You can manage, backup and transfer iOS files in a much simpler way. That is WinX MediaTrans.

WinX MediaTrans is an iPhone file manager, specially designed as an iTunes alternative for Windows (10). It is available to transfer photos, music, videos, audio books, podcasts and more between iPhone/iPad/iPod and PC. Other fantastic features include: create music playlists, make iPhone ringtones, remove DRM from iTunes purchases, turn iPhone as a flash drive, etc.

best iTunes alternative for Windows 10

Compared with iTunes, it has many advantages, for example:
• It features easy-to-understand interface and operation;
• It allows you to transfer selected content to PC or to iDevice;
• It fully support iTunes purchased media and non-iTunes media;
• Incompatible video audio files will be converted to playable format automatically during PC to iPhone transfer;
• No data loss, no slow sync, no frequent freeze and other errors happening to iTunes.

So, why not free download this iTunes alternative to have a try, and stay away from freeze problem on Windows 10 forever! It's safe to use!

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