It seems unlikely that any sane Windows user would ever download QuickTime. But perhaps the same cannot be said for Mac users.
QuickTime is like VLC media player for Apple and by Apple.
Although it works like a charm on native Mac devices, it poses a lot of risk for systems running on Windows.
Trouble in paradise
According to a warning issued in 2016 by the Department of Homeland Security in the USA, QuickTime for Windows poses a security threat to the Windows system. In the light of this incident, it was advised to uninstall QuickTime for Windows with immediate effect.
A cybersecurity firm, Trend Micro, reported two critical vulnerabilities in the program. Following which, Apple decided to discontinue any future updates for the same for all Windows users.
The last version of QuickTime, that is, 7.7.9 for Windows was released on January 7, 2016. As Apple declares quite clearly on their support page, the 7.7.9 version is only released for use on Windows Vista or Windows 7. Any other version of Windows might not be able to run this program “may not offer full functionality.”
What is included in the latest version of QuickTime?
In comparison to QuickTime 6 Pro, the QuickTime 7 has security updates and it does not support the previously included media formats such as H.264 and AAC.
This is because all Windows web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, even others, support video and do not depend on browser plug-ins.
Although a QuickTime browser plug-in can still be installed separately if you choose custom setup option in the installer.
What is QuickTime and who is it for?
In Apple’s own words, “QuickTime is Apple’s multiplatform, multimedia technology for handling video, sound, animation, graphics, text, interactivity, and music.”
Back in the day when QuickTime was all the rage, it served multipurpose usage to import, edit, export videos, audios, and image files across a network. Its functionality depended solely on using video and audio codecs offered both by Apple and third-party.
Today, things are far more advanced and hence, there is no longer a need for QuickTime, at least on Windows.
Its usage in today’s world is restricted to a person who is switching from Mac to PC for any reason. VLC Player is a very strong competitor to QuickTime and it is available on all known OS- Mac, Windows, and Linux.
How to download and install QuickTime for Windows 10
You can start by downloading QuickTime 7.7.9 from the Apple. Click the button below to begin downloading.
Once the file is downloaded, execute the following steps.
- Click and open the downloaded installer “quicktimeinstaller.exe”
- On the welcome screen, click Next.
- Then click Yes on the License Agreement to proceed.
- On the QuickTime 7 Setup, choose Custom install type and click Next.
- By default, Optional QuickTime features will be deactivated. Click on the icon to install each one of the features individually. Then click Next.
- Check Install Desktop Shortcuts and Automatic updates.
- Also, choose a Destination Folder if you do not wish to install in C:\
- Click Next and wait for the installation to complete.
- In the end, click Finish.
- Select the desktop icon and right-click on the mouse, then select Open.
QuickTime player would perform a check for file type associations.
Check either a Yes or a No, depending on your requirement.
You should now see a QuickTime window opened on your desktop screen.
Perfect! You have successfully installed QuickTime 7.7.9 on your Windows 10.