How to Install QuickTime on Windows 10

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If you're switching from a Mac to a PC, one thing you wind up losing is the proprietary technology that Apple bakes into OS X. The QuickTime player software — which allows for a number of streaming videos to play — is one of those pieces you'll need to add on your own.

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Apple, to its credit, makes it easy for Windows users to download and add QuickTime to their PCs. Once you have QuickTime installed, your PC can play the HD movie trailers that Apple streams online, video clips recorded on Apple devices and various other videos that are broadcast over the internet.

One note: you may notice that Apple only lists Windows Vista and Windows 7 in the QuickTime download page, but rest assured, we've tested this download and it works on Windows 10. Here's how to install QuickTime, and we've also included a link to a website with plenty of QuickTime-formatted videos. 

How to Install QuickTime on Windows 10

1. Visit the QuickTime download page and select Download Now. You don't need to fill in your email address, and you can uncheck the "Keep me up to date" box.
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2. Open the downloaded file quicktimeinstaller.exe.


3. Select Next.


4. Select Yes.


5. Tap on the icon next to Typical.


6. Click Install. Feel free to uncheck the box next to Install Desktop shortcuts. You probably will wind up deleting that shortcut if it's installed.


7. Select Finish.


Congrats, QuickTime for Windows has been installed. Here's a link to Apple's Movie Trailers site, where you can put QuickTime to use!

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Susan Says:

    Just got an .mov video file of my new grandson, recorded on my son's Iphone, but could not open it on my PC! Thanks so much for the help. I could not play the video by clicking on the file, but I downloaded then opened Quicktime, brought up the file, and played it perfectly from inside QT. Thanks again!

  • roger Says:

    We really need this program to get Mavis Beacon touch-typing training program to work....... BUT. ... On Windows 10 (a new laptop) this most annoying of programs will not install, no matter how we try. ITs disgusting how much of our lives they waste with trash they dish out.
    Will NOT install: 20 years experience running and building computers here.

  • Green Eagle Says:

    "Apple, to its credit..." That's a laugh. Apple has a long history of making it hard for PC people to use their software, or software of closely allied companies, at least since the '90's, when they induced Adobe to release Photoshop and Illustrator for windows stripped of important features. The ugly truth is that a Windows computer is a far better investment than a Mac, so Apple has to resort to sabotage to maintain their position.

  • JoelSSSSSSSS Says:

    You'd think an article written just 2 days ago would be good... but no. This does not work. Sure you can follow all the steps but during the installation I get an "msiexec.exe - application error" message. Blah blah blah "the memory could not be written." You get this then another message, followed by quicktime claiming that its been installed successfully. Go to run it and will not initialize.

  • Arachnastubs Says:

    Why would I install QuickTime? I haven't used it in years. I don't even know where I would find a QuickTime file (.mov) anymore since mp4 and avi are much more universal. All files I have found to watch are mp4, avi, or mkv...all of which play in VLC (also plays mov).

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