iTunes Home Sharing Fix

Home Sharing Broken in iTunes 10.5.3 (fixed)

[WINDOWS ONLY] After I updated to iTunes 10.5.3, I noticed that home sharing did not work at all. I took all of the steps at Apple’s support article ( ) to no avail. Ultimately, I figured out that the problem is with 10.5.3 itself. Here is how to get Home Sharing working again:

Download iTunes 10.5.2 here:
32 bit:
64 bit:

Click on “Start” or the Windows Orb (depending on which version of Windows you are using) and click Run. If you don’t see “Run”, hold the Window key on your keyboard and press ‘r’. Enter the following text into the run dialog:
%APPDATA%\Apple Computer

Highlight all of the folders in the window that opens (Ctrl + a) and copy them (Ctrl + c), create a new folder on your desktop and call it ‘Apple Computer’. This is just a backup in case something goes wrong with the reinstall.

Once again, go to Start > Run (Window key + r) and type: appwiz.cpl

Look for iTunes in the list, and uninstall it. Once the uninstall is complete, double-click the iTunes installer you downloaded from File Hippo and follow the prompts. Once the installation completes, open iTunes and login to your Apple account when prompted, ensure that Home Sharing is turned on by clicking on Advanced in the menu (it should say “Turn off Home Sharing (YOUR ACCOUNT)” if Home Sharing is turned on).

That’s it.

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