How to Stop iTunes screwing your iDevice

Posted: July 15, 2010 in Apple, HowTo, iDevice, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iTunes, Microsoft, Vista, Windows 7, XP
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You can restrict your users from using certain iTunes features. This is sometimes referred to as parental controls. The Automatic and user-initiated checking for new versions of iTunes and device software updates features can be restricted by specify parental control preferences that will be inherited by new user accounts, these can be created under the following keys:

On Windows XP and 32-bit Windows Vista:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Apple Computer, Inc.\iTunes\Parental Controls\Default\

On 64-bit Windows Vista:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Apple Computer, Inc.\iTunes\Parental Controls\Default\

In general, you will want to make sure that the kParentalFlags_Locked is set in AdminFlags to prevent the parental controls from being modified by a limited user.

Note that there is no user interface support in iTunes for setting the following flags, and these flags are only respected in AdminFlags when kParentalFlags_Locked is set. These flags are always ignored in UserFlags, they must be set in AdminFlags. If AdminFlags is not locked, iTunes will ignore them in favor of UserFlags.

UserFlags/AdminFlags Name Hexidecimal Value
(only when manually editing the client registry value)
Decimal Value
(only when deploying registry value via Group Policy)
kParentalFlags_DisableCheckForUpdates 0x00000100 256

This is for advance user user only and don’t forget to backup your registry before start

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