iTunes Installer Error 2203

by Helen White

While iTunes for the Windows operating system is robust, a number of errors can happen during installation. One of these is Installer Error 2203, which occurs most often when there is a problem with permissions. Specifically, it means that the file couldn’t be copied to a specific directory because the path to the file wasn’t found by the installer. A corrupted user profile could also be a cause of this error. Fixing Installer Error 2203 can be as simple as downloading a new installer or it could require more intensive measures.

Download ITunes

The corruption or permissions error could’ve been caused by a corrupted install file and a new copy of the iTunes installer can solve the issue. First, delete the copy of the iTunes installer that caused the error. Download a fresh copy. If you are using a malware or virus scanner, check that the iTunes installer isn’t blocked. Do not run the installer from the browser, as this can cause problems with some software.


Another common cause of Installer Error 2203 is a problem with permissions. Double-check the permissions on the iTunes installer file by right-clicking on the file. Then select “Security” from under “Properties.” Your username should be listed. If it isn’t, click “Add” and then type your username. Also make certain that you have permissions on the file into which you’re installing iTunes. If the permissions are lost across many files, it may be easier to reset your system to an earlier restore point, rather than changing all permissions manually. Open System Restore and choose an earlier point. You can always undo this change by later selecting “Undo System Restore.”

Corrupted Profile

If a new copy of iTunes produces the same error, then try a different user account. If you are able to install iTunes under a different user account, then the problem is likely corruption of your user profile. To fix your profile, create a new account. Then using a different account than the one you just created or the corrupted one, navigate to the old home directory of the corrupted account. This is located under “Users” on the "C" drive. Make sure all hidden files are visible under “Folder Options” in the “Tools” menu. Uncheck “Hide Protected Operating System Files.” Then in your old user directory hold “Control” and left-click every document in the directory except for these three files: “Ntuser.dat,” “Ntuser.dat.log” and “Ntuser.ini.” Copy all the selected files using “Control” and “C” or by selecting “Copy” in the “Edit” menu. Paste all of these files into your new user directory, also under “Users” on the C drive. Log out and log in as the new user.

Reinstall Windows

If a new profile doesn’t solve the error, then the corruption is likely widespread enough to require a reinstall of Windows to fix. Be sure to back up any files or documents you wish to save, as the process will delete them. When reinstalling, it is best to wipe the drive and reformat, so that the install is clean and there is no chance of any corrupted system files still on the drive. From the installer menu, select “Custom” to begin a clean install.

About the Author

Helen White has been a writer for more than 15 years. Her papers have been presented at conferences in both the United States and Europe and she has written several technical guides for various computer issues. White holds a doctorate in music from the University of Washington.

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