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iTunes Error -1: An Error Occurred

iTunes error -1 is the most frequent error of the iTunes application that most of the Apple users face during the restoration process of the iDevice using the iTunes application. Whenever this error code pops up on the iTunes application, you are unable to complete the restoration process on your Apple device. However, this is not the case all the time. The fact is, that this technical error can also be associated with the hardware or firmware of the system to which the Apple device is connected. However, that does not mean you require to execute some hardware fixes by yourself, neither do you require to send your iDevice to the service center.

Coming to the best part, there are several types of fixes and hacks which have proven to be fruitful when it comes to resolving this annoying technical error. In case, you are experiencing the same error with the iTunes application, then don’t worry. You have landed on the right page. Here, in this post, we are about to discuss some technical hacks by which you can easily eradicate this annoying issue on your own.      

Some Possible Reasons Behind iTunes Error -1

You may come up with this annoying issue of the iTunes application due to several possible reasons. This technical error of the iTunes application may prevent you from using the Apple device smoothly and hassle-free. Knowing the reasons can help you avoid such issues of the iTunes application in the future. So, take a look at the below passage in detail to know some possible reasons behind this iTunes error (-1).  

  1. The iTunes application related program files are mistakenly deleted or removed from your Apple device.
  2. This frequent technical error of the iTunes application may arise due to some malware or virus infection that has corrupted the iTunes-related program files or system files of the Operating System.
  3. Corruption in Windows registry from the latest iTunes-related software change ( uninstall or install ).
  4. Inadequate installation or corrupt download of the iTunes application on the Apple device.

Some Circumstances Triggered by Error Code (-1) of the iTunes Application

There are some particular symptoms and circumstances by which you can easily identify this frequent technical error of the iTunes application on your iDevice. Furthermore, by identifying the circumstances, you can easily resolve this annoying technical issue within a flicker before it leads to several minor technical bugs of your Apple device. So, it is recommended to scroll down and read on to know the circumstances which are triggered by the iTunes error (-1).

The common symptoms include:

  1. The Apple device may regularly or periodically “freeze” for a few seconds at a time.
  2. Your system may run slowly.
  3. You may get an error message reading “iTunes Error (-1).”
  4. Your system frequently crashes with error code -1, whenever running the same program.
  5. “iTunes Error Code (-1)” may crash and appears on the active program screen.
  6. The message appears ‘Not Responding: iTunes Error (-1).’
  7. Various types of minor technical issues will arise on your iDevice. Such as application not responding or running slowly etc.

Ways to Eliminate iTunes Error Code (-1) Effectively

You may encounter this frequent error of the iTunes application due to several possible reasons. But fortunately, there are some fixes by which you can easily resolve this technical error on your own. Here, we have listed the most effective and easiest ways to eradicate this frustrating problem. Thus, try the methods mentioned in the following section, and you should be able to resolve this technical error effortlessly.

Way 1: Upgrade the OS Version of your System

A maximum number of iPhone users reported that they got this error fixed after updating the Operating System. So, this is the most fundamental way that you need to try first to resolve this frustrating issue. To update your Operating System, you need to perform the following easy steps.

  1. At first, you need to go to the Control Panel of the system. After that, tap on the Control Panel to open it.        
  2. Choose Category view. Next, you need to tap on the System and Security option in the Category view.
  3. After that, you need to tap on the Windows Update option under the System and Security option.
  4. Choose the option ‘Check for Updates’.
  5. After that, you will get all the available Windows updates for your system.
  6. Now, you need to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process of the updated Windows OS version on the system.
  7. Once the above steps are complete, restart the system.  

Finally, you need to check whether or not the issue is resolved. In case, this technical error of the iTunes Application still persists, then it is recommended to move to the next method.

Way 2: Update the iTunes Application  

It is always advisable that the iTunes application of the Apple device must be updated from time to time. This helps to prevent several types of minor technical flaws. Follow the steps cited in this section to install it now and eliminate the trouble.

Steps to Update iTunes on Windows System:

Follow these steps to update the iTunes on your Windows Operating System.

  1. At first, you need to open the iTunes application on your device.
  2. Now, follow-through the menu bar which is at the top corner of the iTunes window.
  3. After that, you need to select the Help option. Next, click on the ‘Check for Updates’ option to verify the available updates for your device.
  4. Now, you will get the on-screen prompts. Follow through the on-screen instructions to start the installation process.
  5. After that, check if iTunes is working properly or not.

Steps to Update iTunes on the Mac System:

Follow these steps to update iTunes on your Mac Operating System.

  1. At first, you need to open the App store on your Mac Operating System.
  2. After that, click on Updates which is at the top corner of the window.
  3. If there are any iTunes or Mac Operating System updates available, tap on the Install option to start the installation process.   

Way 3: Disconnect the USB Devices Attached with the System

Sometimes the USB devices can create a mess on the system. Frequently, the iTunes error code (-1) can be fronted just because of the fact that the Apple device connected with the system is conflicting with the other USB hardware which is attached to it. So, by disconnecting the other USB devices that attached to the system, you can easily resolve this frequent issue of the iTunes application. To do it, follow below-stated steps.

  1. At first, you need to disconnect all the media devices which are attached to the system. This includes scanners, cameras, etc.
  2. After that, you need to ensure that the USB ports of the system are free and available. Additionally, this frustrating issue of the iTunes application can be resolved by clearing the debris or dust from the USB ports.
  3. If possible, you need to restart the system and verify. Sometimes, a simple restart will get the work done effectively.
  4. If there is any virtualization software on your system, then you need to remove such software along with the USB devices for the system.
  5. Once all the steps are done, you need to check the system properly to verify whether this issue is fixed or not. If the issue still persists, then move to the next method.

Way 4: Repair the Registry Entries Associated with the iTunes Error Code (-1)

You need to be extra careful before trying this method because a simple mistake can cause havoc. It can stop your system from functioning and create irreversible damage to your Operating System if you incorrectly edit the registry key. Even one misplaced comma can avert your system from booting entirely. Therefore, you need to be extra cautious while performing this troubleshooting way. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. At first, you need to tap on the Start button on the system.
  2. Now, you will get a search box.
  3. Write ‘Command’ in that Search Box. (don’t press the enter key)
  4. You need to press the Enter key on your keyboard while holding down the Shift key and the Ctrl key on your keyboard.
  5. You will get a prompt dialog box.
  6. Tap on Yes.
  7. Now, you will get a black box with the cursor blinking.
  8. Write “regedit” on the box and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
  9. Choose the Error -1: related key (eg. iTunes) under the registry editor.
  10. If you want to backup, select the Export option under the File menu.
  11. You need to choose the exact folder where you want to save the iTunes backup key, under the ‘Save In’ list.
  12. Write a name for your backup file in the box which is titled as the file name.  ( Example- iTunes Backup ).
  13. You need to make sure that the Selected Branch option is selected under the Export range.
  14. Tap on Save option.
  15. The file will be saved with the .reg file extension.
  16. You now have a backup of your iTunes application related registry entry.

Way 5: Clean Out the System’s Temporary Folder and Files through the Disk Cleanup

To get rid of this frequent issue of the iTunes application, you need to clean out the system’s junk files and folders with the help of disk cleanup. In addition, this method can resolve various types of small bugs in your system. These junk files and folders can be the cause for iTunes to respond slowly or showing the error code (-1). Therefore, cleaning out the junk files is the most effective solution for all minor issues of your system. To clean out the system’s temporary folder and files through the disk cleanup, walk through the following steps.  

  1. At first, you need to click on the Start button on the system. A search box will open.
  2. Write “command” in that search box. ( don’t press the Enter key)
  3. You need to press the Enter key while holding down the shift key and Ctrl key on your keyboard.
  4. You will get a prompt dialog box.
  5. Tap on the Yes option.
  6. Now, you will get a black box with a cursor blinking.
  7. Write “cleanmgr” on the box and press the Enter key on your keyboard.  
  8. The disk cleanup will start to calculate the occupied disk space you can reclaim.
  9. Now, you will get a Disk Cleanup dialog box with a series of checkboxes which you can select.
  10. In fact, the “Temporary Files” category will free up most of the disk space.   
  11. You need to check the categories boxes that you want to clean.
  12. Select the OK option.

Finally, check your system whether the issue is fixed or not. In case, the issue still persists, then you need to scroll down and follow the next method.  

Way 6: Run the Windows System File Checker (“sfc /scannow”)

This handy tool of the Windows Operating System helps you to scan the windows system files. You can easily restore the corrupt system files with the help of this in-built tool. As this frequent error of the iTunes application may arise because of the corrupt system files, you can easily resolve this issue by running the Windows system file checker. Here are some easy and practical steps to run the Windows system file checker on the system.

  1. At first, you need to click on the Start button. A search box will open.
  2. Write ‘Command’ in the Search Box  (don’t press the Enter key).
  3. You need to press the Enter key while holding down the shift key and Ctrl key on your keyboard.
  4. You will get a prompt dialog box.
  5. Tap on the Yes option.
  6. Now, a black box will open.
  7. Write “sfc/scannow” on the box and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
  8. Now, the system file checker will start the scanning process.
  9. This scanning process may take some time.
  10. You need to follow the on-screen instructions.
  11. After completing the whole process, restart your system.

In a Nutshell         

With so many troubleshooting hacks at your fingertips, fixing this annoying technical error will not at all be difficult for you. On the contrary, the process might get simpler for you as the steps we have described are easy and immensely effective. So, if you are struggling with this iTunes error -1 on your Apple device, then these are the solutions for you to consider. Hopefully, after going through above-described troubleshooting hacks and performing them correctly, you can resolve your problems without any hassle.