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iTunes (32bit) disable sync

02/15/2012 6921 views

[font="courier new"]I have tried everything to disable the AutomaticDeviceSync. I have created the
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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Apple Computer, Inc.\iTunes\Parental Controls\Default\AdminFlags
[font="courier new"]HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Apple Computer, Inc.\iTunes\Parental Controls\UserFlags
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[font="courier new"]I have tried every value and it still sets the Default Sync to on - by creating:
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[font="courier new"]DontAutomaticallySyncIPods = 0 in HCKU_Software\Apple Computer, Inc.\iTunes\Preferences.
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[font="courier new"]It will even change the value if set it initially to 1, when iTunes starts the first time, it will revert to 0.

Please help!

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These options are not literal options to be put into the registry by itself, they are bitmask options, what you need to do is put all the wanted options in the AdminFlags, or the UserFlags registry key.

If you want to force the setting for everyone, i would suggest you use AdminFlags:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Apple Computer, Inc.\iTunes\Parental Controls\Default\AdminFlags, DWORD, and then the binary or hex sum of all the options you want to include.

So if you want the option kParentalFlags_DisableAutomaticDeviceSync, you have to include hex: 0x00000800 or bin: 2048

but this setting alone will not force the sync option to disable, for that you have to also include the kParentalFlags_Locked option: hex: 0x00000001 dec: 1 this tells itunes that it has to commit to the AdminFlags setting.

The sum of the both options is hex: 0x00000801 or bin: 2049 this is what you will set as the AdminFlags value.

so you will get:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Apple Computer, Inc.\iTunes\Parental Controls\Default\AdminFlags, DWORD, hex: 0x00000801 or bin: 2049

for more information take a look at this Apple kb: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2102

Hope this helps.



Answered 07/03/2012 by: koeneijken
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  • Koen,
    I did try following your instructions but the issue couldn't be resolved. Regardless we change the keys in the registry the iTunes is trying to self-heal to it original state. Is there any other way we can disable the automatic device syncing?

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