Download iCloud Control Panel for Windows XP

Download iCloud Control Panel for Windows XP

The cloud for iDevices

iCloud for Windows XP is quite difficult to setup on older machines still running the 32 bit of the famous operating system. Apple has released a Windows version of iCloud, the mobile application for data sharing between iOS devices. Now it’s easier than ever to share data, photos, and contacts between iOS devices.

The iCloud control panel for Windows is intended to provide a seamless synchronization between your iOS 5 devices and your Windows computer. iCloud Windows Control Panel requires Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows 7. Using this tool, any iOS device will be able to synch data with other iOS devices that have the iCloud mobile application. You just need to backup to iCloud from your iPhone or iPad and let the cloud sync them.

In order to backup to iCloud, you need to have iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2; or a Mac computer with OS X Lion.

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Backup to iCloud Windows XP

How to Use iCloud for Windows

  1. Download it from Apple website
  2. Turn on iCloud: Windows Start menu > Control Panel > Network and Internet > iCloud
  3. Enter the Apple ID associated to your iCloud account and select the iCloud services you’d like to enable.

Please note that Outlook 2007 or 2010 is required for accessing iCloud email, contacts, and calendars. Safari 5.1.1 or Internet Explorer 8 or later is required for accessing bookmarks.

To create an iCloud account you need an iOS device like iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 5, or a Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.2.

Download iCloud Control Panel for Windows XP [iCloudSetup.exe]

This is a hacked version of the software, v 1.1 released on March 07, 2012 ( Latest release)
You just need to execute it, it will extract a folder named iCloudSetup, from which you need to run iCloud.msi (or iCloud64.msi if you have Windows XP 64-bit)


Notes about iCloud backup files

Please becareful when manipulating your iCloud backup files. While storing files on iCloud is easy and straightforward, playing with them is risky. Whenever you delete a file that is backed up to the cloud, it will be deleted from all your idevices too.

How to enable Automatic downloads on iCloud Control Panel for Windows?

To enable automatic downloads for your music, apps, and books, open iTunes > Edit > Preferences > Store and select Music, Apps, and Books. (Requires iTunes 10.5.)

What happens if you delete the icloud backup of an iOS device using the iCloud control panel on a Windows computer?

Well in this case the backup file will be deleted from the Apple servers hosting your backups hence it will be removed from your storage allocation and will be deleted from all your devices too.

I can’t sign in to icloud Control Panel, I just get a spinning wheel ? I can sign in to icloud but photostream is greyed out, how to fix that?

If photo stream is not working for you try the following steps:
1. Close iCloud control panel open. Make sure its not minimized in the system tray.
2. Copy this path to your clipboard:
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\Preferences
3. Goto ‘start -> run’ (or click ‘windows+r’ hotkey)
4. Paste the path in the run box and hit enter
5. From the folder that is opened, rename ‘MobileMeAccounts.plist’ out of the way (or you can delete it if want..)
6. Restart iCloud control panel and try to login again. MobileMeAccounts.plist is regenerated the next time you sign out from control panel.

Photostream should not be greyed out now.

How to hack iCloudSetup.exe

If you don’t like to hack manually the setup file, please download it directly from here.

There’s a simple trick to get the iCloud Control Panel for Windows to work on Windows XP. For this iCloud XP trick, you need to have iTunes, a file archiver like 7-Zip or Winrar and Orca MSI Editor.

  1. Download iCloud Control Panel for Windows.
  2. Open iCloudSetup.exe file with the file archiver and extract the file contents.
  3. Navigate to and open the iCloud.msi or iCloud64.msi (for 64bit systems) with Orca MSI Editor.
  4. In Orca MSI Editor Window, in the left table section select LaunchCondition. Then change in the right table VersionNT> = 600 to VersionNT> = 200 and Save.
  5. Run modified iCloud.msi. Now you can install iCloud Windows XP Control Panel
  6. Run iCloud Control Panel, located in the Windows Control Panel, and set up the settings for iCloud for Windows (The same instructions stated above are valid for iCloud Windows Panel on XP)


27 Responses

  1. anon says:

    Thank you!!!!

  2. Bendix says:

    running the modified icloud64.msi on my computer results in an error (translated from danish) “The installation package is not supported by this processor type” What does that mean?
    I am running Windows XP Prof. version 2002 SP3 on a Dell Dimension DIME521 with an AMD Athlon 64×2 dual core processor 4200+ 2.20 GHz
    Any suggestions?

  3. Anna says:

    Yeah…It won’t let me open the file.

  4. admin says:


    Yeah?It won?t let me open the file.

    Are you sure that the file is not running while you re trying to open it? I know it sounds silly but it happens 😀

  5. Gerg says:


    Try using the icloud.msi instead of the icloud64.msi, the 64 indicates 64-bit, and Windows XP is generally 32-bit and will give that error.

  6. Floop says:

    I’m trying to get iCloud running on an XP and followed the orca hack proposed above. But in spite of following all steps and managing to install the program I can’t seem to be able to log in. The wheel just keeps spinning. Any ideas why? My account and password details are correct.

  7. Ernie says:

    I, as well, tried the changes above ( VersionNT>=200 ) and still comes up the “need a newer version”.

  8. Mark says:

    You’re probably not starting iCloud from within the windows control panel.

  9. Barbara says:

    I got the install to work and logged into the iCloud, just to find out the photos check box is grayed out. The only one I can use is bookmarks with ie. I wanted to use photos between my iPhone and pc. Any ideas?

  10. Darus says:

    I also have an error too after changing the icloud.msi and run it. The error said the installer encountered error. Pls advise thanks. I using window xp version 2002 Sp3

  11. geo says:

    I was able to modify the .si and install and run the program….but I am limited to bookmarks….anyway to share anything else – like photos?


  12. Installed the workaround for Windows XP Pro on Dell Dimension with a Brother HL75370DW printer. To test, opened iPad to first page of MISC. NOTES and clicked on printer. The printer crashed — would not run until shut off and then on.
    How do I remove the modified Control Panel and recover the original?

  13. edy says:

    thanks a lot 🙂

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  15. Stephen de Wet says:

    Worked perfectly for me, thanks

  16. longtom says:

    Any workaround for the new 1.1 version?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Everything worked just great, however, ALL of the services are greyed out – cannot click on them and the “Options” button is greyed out as well. Have reinstalled (repair) both the .msi version and the .exe version without success. Do I need to uninstall and start over?? Any suggestions? Thanks, Brad

  18. Brad says:

    Second comment:
    Everything worked just great except: All of the icloud services are greyed out including the Options button. I cannot click on any of the. I tried reinstalling (repair) on both the .msi and the .exe file. Nothing worked. Do I need to uninstall and reinstall – starting from scratch? Thanks for any help. Brad

  19. Ali says:

    I have the same problem after modifying msi file. Do you have solution for allowing photo streaming by window xp?

  20. dhant says:

    Thank you…instructions are simple and easy to follow…worked perfectly for me.

  21. Ill says:

    To Bendix or anyone who may have experienced “The installation package is not supported by this processor type” during installation of the modified .msi. Follow all the steps as followed but when you extract the original “icloudsetup.exe”, make sure that it and all of the extracted items are in the same folder. Then attempt an install…oh and make sure that Outlook isn’t open, should be good to go now!

  22. Sandra says:

    After modified the msi file by osca edit, success install the icloud control panel, but the photo stream column is greyed out including the Options button. I cannot click on any of the. I tried reinstalling (repair) on the msi file. Anyone can help on this

  23. steve says:

    So it says cannot sighn in because of a server error this being on the modified version you provided a download link for i also modified the version apple give same end result….Also i ha ve tried multiple accounts if you get info on account wrong it says wrong password however if you get it right cannot connect to server

  24. steve says:

    ok i fixed my problem my sighning in as administrator however when icloud opnes it crashes saying icloud has encountered a problem and needs to close.

  25. Gorgio says:

    Don’t laugh!
    I’m not able to find the name of my user profile to rename/delete ‘MobileMeAccounts.plist.

    I tried with my administrator user id but I do not find the directory….

  26. Ron says:

    THANKS! You’re the best!

  27. Eder Chua says:

    It does’nt work, I do procedures correctly but when I install it and put my account there and open, it suddenly close the window…

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