How Do I Install QuickTime for Windows?

by Zicheng Ren

QuickTime is an Apple product that allows you to watch online streaming and personal media files in a variety of file formats. QuickTime is built-in software on Mac computers, whereas Windows users who want to enjoy videos using QuickTime have to install it on their systems. Apple has provided a Windows-compatible version of QuickTime that can be installed easily.

Download the installation file.

Download QuickTime for Windows.


Double-click on the downloaded QuickTime installation file to begin the installation. Click "Next," following the installer's instructions.


Click "Yes" to accept the license agreement.


Click "Typical" to set up the content for the installation. This option is recommended for normal users who want a quick installation process. Advanced users can choose the "Custom" option to install only selected features.


Choose the "Destination Folder" by clicking "Change" in order to install the program in your preferred location. You can check the check box to install a shortcut icon on your desktop if you would like one. Click "Install" to continue the process.


Click "Finish" to complete the installation.

Decline the upgrade to QuickTime Pro.

Decide whether you want to upgrade to QuickTime 7 Pro to acquire more features and tools. QuickTime 7 Pro is not free, so for this example, click "No Thanks" to bypass that for now. You can always upgrade later from within QuickTime if you want to.

Open QuickTime.

Locate the new QuickTime Player app and click on it to open QuickTime.


  • check After you open QuickTime, you will have the option to select certain video and audio file types to be opened with QuickTime as the preferred player instead of, say, Windows Media Player. This means that when you double-click on that type of file -- for example, while browsing through folders in File Explorer -- it will open in QuickTime by default. If you set QuickTime as the preferred player but want to open a file in a different player, you can right click on the file and choose "Open with" to select a different player.

About the Author

Digital signal processing, Arduino and programming languages are just a few of the research interests Zicheng Ren pursued as he earned his M.E. in electronic engineering. He has been published on a variety of tech-related topics. Ren is a graduate student at Oregon Health and Science University.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera Courtesy of Quicktime