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I'm having trouble installing iTunes 8 to a PC

I've been trying to install iTunes 8 to my parents' computer. When I start the installer, it gives me an error message stating that F:\ is an invalid drive. I've looked in "my computer" and there is no such drive listed. At the back of the CPU there is nothing plugged into an "F:\" drive. Is there anyway to determine where this is coming from?

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  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2009

    itunes 8 downloads and installs 98% then prompts cannot finish install for ipod service and to check to see if I have privledge to install system services. I assume this means admin privledge, which I do have. Any advice?

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  • George Bill
    George Bill May 11, 2010

    f; ismore than likely a removable or virtual drive, this is happening quite often, just use the drive letter C:put it in manually C: and instal.

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When you start the install just change the install to C:, then you my have to do that once more, something messed up the drives order. It could be what is called a virtual drive, that just means u are using an emulator, it's too long for me to explain but a hard drive is almost alwayd drive C, dont forget the:

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First off: What a good daughter/son you are!

I'm probably pretty safe in presuming the following:

  • The installation software you're trying to install is contained on a CD/DVD disk and inserted into a drive OTHER than "F:\"?
  • iTunes software (of at least some type) has been installed at some point in the past on this computer?
In this case, what's most likely occurring is there's a key ("value" more accurately) that has at some point in the past been entered into the Windows registry. The common name of this "Value Name" is "SourcePath". The registry's iTunes "SourcePath" probably contains "F:\" in the "value data" field. IN OTHER WORDS: Because of this registry key value, iTunes EXPECTS (in this case DEMANDS) that the source of any iTunes installation software will be from the F:\ drive (which currently does NOT exist).

THE IMMEDIATE FIX:

As "gymowner" alludes, you can MANUALLY launch the installer via: Start > Run... > type "DRIVE_LTR*:\setup.exe" (without quotes), then "OK"
* where DRIVE_LTR is the drive the installation disk is inserted into. EXAMPLE: D:\setup.exe

THE MORE PERMANENT FIX:

If you choose to, you can both check and correct any FUTURE occurances of this registry mismatch by:

1. Opening up your Windows registry editor (REGEDIT): Start > Run... > type "regedit" (without quotes), then "OK".
2. Navigate thru the +/- collapsible structure to the following two keys ...

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ITUNES_NOMENCLATURE*
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ITUNES_NOMENCLATURE*
* where "ITUNES_NOMENCLATURE" is whatever name iTunes software is named within the registry.

3. Search for and locate the value(s) (again, probably "SourcePath") that contain the erroneous "F:\" value and change to the desired drive (i.e., most common CD/DVD drive used on this computer). EXAMPLE: change "F:\" to "D:\" (without the quotes).

ADVISORY: If you're NOT COMFORTABLE making changes within the registry, YOU ARE WELL ADVISED TO GET SOMEONE WHO IS TO HELP YOU. Any INADVERTANT CHANGES TO THE REGISTRY HAS THE POTENTIAL OF SEVERELY DAMAGING YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM (i.e., Windows XP/Vista).

Good luck, and please post back to let me know how things work out, or if you have any further questions.

"Today's the best day of my life...and NOW you're part of it!"

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

  • Craig The Geekinator
    Craig The Geekinator Dec 22, 2008

    ADDENDUM:



    Another (much simpler) means of achieving "THE MORE PERMANENT FIX:" is to uninstall any/all iTunes software currently installed on your parent's computer via:



    Start > Run ... > type "appwiz.cpl" (without quotes), then "OK"

    [or "Control Panel" > "Add or remove programs"]



    This assumes of course that the iTunes uninstaller is not corrupted/broken in any way, AND that it's coded (by the iTunes software programmers) to properly remove ALL traces of registry entries associated to itself. This SHOULD be the goal that is met by EVERY uninstaller, but sadly, all-too-often is not.



    "Today's the best day of my life...and NOW you're part of it!"

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