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iTunes MSI Install Order

The order to install individual Apple iTunes’ MSIs is:

  • AppleApplicationSupport.msi – With iTunes Apple ships two ‘support’ MSI. The ‘Application Support’ msi has the core files for ‘Application Support’ within iTunes.
  • AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi – With iTunes Apple ships two ‘support’ MSI. The ‘Mobile Device Support’ msi has the core files for device management of devices which can be connected to iTunes (iPhone, iPod, Ipad).
  • Bonjour.msi – Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking, enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers. Specifically, Bonjour enables automatic IP address assignment without a DHCP server, name to address translation without a DNS server, and service discovery without a directory server. Bonjour is an open protocol which Apple has submitted to the IETF as part of the ongoing standards-creation process. To learn more, check out the Bonjour Protocol Specifications which detail the technologies that make up Link-Local and Wide-Area Bonjour.
  • QuickTime.msi – Configuration and installation of QuickTime is covered here.
  • iTunes.msi – the Itunes.msi contains the core files needed to run Apple iTunes.
  • AppleSoftwareUpdate.msi* – The ‘AppleSoftwareUpdate.msi’ is optional and only needed if you want to use the Apple Auto Update feature and/or MobileMe

* = don’t install in corporate/enterprise environments

Command line switches(?):

DESKTOP_SHORTCUTS=0 STANDALONE=1