QuickTime for Windows 10
Apple QuickTime is not officially available for Windows 10, as Apple stopped support for Windows back in January 2016.
While QuickTime is not supported officially anymore, it is still possible to install QuickTime on devices running Windows 10 or older versions of Windows.
This guide walks you through the steps of installing QuickTime for Windows 10, lists concerns in regards to that, and provides you with alternatives that you may use instead.
The official download page of Apple QuickTime for Windows is still up, and the latest version released is QuickTime 7.7.9 for Windows.
Apple notes on the page that "QuickTime 7 for Windows is no longer supported by Apple". The system requirements on the official download page mention Windows 7 and Vista only when it comes to requirements, and not newer versions of Windows.
Note: Before you download or install QuickTime on Windows, make sure you read the concerns section below as it highlights why it is not a good idea to do so.
QuickTime for Windows 10
To get QuickTime on a device running Windows 10, you'd have to download the software from the Apple Support website linked above. Simply click on the download button to start the download of the QuickTime installer.
Once it has been downloaded, click on QuickTimeInstaller.exe to run it on your system. I suggest that you select custom installation during setup to get more control over the installation process.
Note that QuickTime Essentials and QuickTime Player are selected by default, and that the three optional features QuickTime Web Plug-in, QuickTime Picture Viewer, and QuickTime for Java are not.
These are usually not required anymore, but if you need the functionality that these legacy plugins offer you may select those on the custom installation screen.
For users who need QuickTime for video editing software or other software that requires it, it is usually enough to install QuickTime Essentials. If that is the case, remove the checkmark from QuickTime Player as it is not needed.
QuickTime for Windows is no longer updated by Apple. First vulnerabilities were discovered just months after Apple announced support end for QuickTime on Windows. The situation has not changed, and it is likely that new vulnerabilities may have been discovered.
If you run QuickTime on a Windows PC, that PC becomes vulnerable and attackers may exploit those security vulnerabilities.
QuickTime is no longer needed (with some exceptions)
QuickTime is no longer needed on the majority of Windows systems. If you just want to add support for formats that Apple pushed, .mov comes to mind for instance, then you can use other media players for Windows that support the format.
Web browsers don't require QuickTime as well anymore. This was the case in the past for some heavily specialized sites such as Apple's Trailers website which required QuickTime. While there my still be some specialized sites out there that work only if you have the QuickTime plugin installed, it is fair to say that the majority of Windows users does not require QuickTime plugin access anymore.
The only situation where you may need to run QuickTime on a Windows PC is if a software program requires it for some of its functionality, and if you need that functionality.
It may be safer however if you run tasks that require QuickTime in a virtual machine or sandbox to protect the underlying system from attacks against it.
So what should you do?
The best course of action is to assess the situation. Do you need QuickTime on a Windows machine? The answer is probably no unless you run programs that do rely on it. If the answer is no, you should not install QuickTime in first place, or remove it if you have installed it already.
Users who do require QuickTime for work may want to consider installing it in a virtual machine to block attacks against it this way. It is not a perfect solution, but better than running QuickTime on the Windows machine directly without that extra layer of security.
Apple QuickTime for Windows 10 installs three different software programs. You need to remove all three again from the system, and can do that in the following way:
- Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application on Windows 10.
- Select Apps > Apps & Features if you run the Creators Update, or later. If you don't, you find the option under System instead.
- Select QuickTimeÂ with a click, and then the uninstall button. Follow the instructions to remove QuickTime from the Windows PC.
- Repeat the process for Apple Application Support, and Apple Software Update.
Now You: Do you run QuickTime and other legacy software on your Windows machines?