iCloud is a convenient and safe way of storing data online and backing up your iOS devices, macOS, and personal computers. Although this cloud storage service was developed by Apple, Windows users can also use iCloud as long as they have a computer that is running Windows 7 or later and an Apple ID account.
When you sign up for an iCloud account, you automatically get 5GB of free storage for your photos, apps, music, documents, and other files you want to back up. You can access these files any time from any device by signing into your iCloud account.
Some Windows users, however, have been having a hard time using the iCloud app recently because of the iCloudServices.exe error. This error occurs during startup, and users can’t open or use the app because of it. Some Windows users even complain that iTunes and other apps related to iCloud are also affected by the error.
What Is iCloudServices.exe?
iCloudServices.exe is an executable file associated with the iCloud services developed by Apple for the Windows OS. It is usually found in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Internet Services\ folder. iCloudServices.exe is not a critical system file, but it is necessary for the smooth operation of iCloud and iTunes on Windows.
If iCloudServices.exe gets corrupted, missing, or damaged, you’ll most likely get an iCloudServices.exe error. Common iCloudServices.exe errors include:
- iCloudServices.exe Application Error.
- iCloudServices.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
- iCloudServices.exe – Application Error. The instruction at <address> referenced memory at <address>. The memory could not be “read/written”. Click on OK to terminate the program.
- iCloudServices.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
- Cannot find iCloudServices.exe.
- iCloud has stopped working.
- iCloudServices.exe not found.
- iCloudServices.exe – Entry Point Not Found.
- End Program – iCloudServices.exe. This program is not responding.
- Error starting program: iCloudServices.exe.
- iCloudServices.exe – Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly. Click OK to terminate the application.
- iCloudServices.exe is not running.
- iCloudServices.exe failed.
- Faulting Application Path: iCloudServices.exe.
After getting the error, the iCloud app fails to load or just freezes. Users, however, can still access their files online by signing in to their iCloud account using any browser. This means that the iCloudServices.exe error only affects the app and not the account itself.
What Causes iCloudServices.exe Errors?
The iCloudServices.exe error is a common Windows issue that can be caused by various factors.
Here are some of the possible causes of iCloudServices.exe errors:
- Missing Dynamic Link Library or DLL files
- Outdated iCloud app
- Corrupted, damaged, or missing system files
- Incomplete installation of the iCloud software
- Deleted iCloudServices.exe-related files
- Malware infection
It is difficult to pinpoint the actual culprit behind the iCloudServices.exe error, so it is recommended that you try all the methods below until you find the solution that works for you.
How to Handle iCloudServices.exe Errors
The first step in dealing with an iCloudServices.exe error is to close all applications related to the app. Check Task Manager to see if the iCloudServices.exe process is still running, and end it if it is. Run your antivirus software to scan for infections and make sure your iCloud app is updated. Clean up your computer using Outbyte PC Repair to get rid of all junk files and reboot your computer to give it a fresh start.
If these first aid solutions are not enough to fix the iCloudServices.exe error, give the methods below a go.
Fix #1: Replace Corrupted or Missing System Files.
Windows is equipped with two built-in utilities you can use to scan and restore corrupted or missing system files. The first is System File Checker (SFC) and the other is Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM).
To fix Windows corruption errors using SFC and DISM, follow the steps below:
- Launch the Power Menu by pressing Windows + X at the same time.
- Choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu. This should run Command Prompt with admin privileges.
- In the console, type in sfc /scannow.
- Press Enter to execute the command.
- Wait for the command to scan and replace problematic system files.
- Next, run the DISM command by typing in the following lines, followed by Enter:
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- Let DISM do its work and follow the on-screen instructions to apply any repairs.
Restart your computer to implement the changes, then see if you can now run iCloud without the previous error.
Fix #2: Re-register Any Missing DLL Files.
If you get an error message saying that iCloudServices.exe can’t start because a DLL file is missing, you can re-register that DLL file for the app to perform properly. To do this:
- Launch Command Prompt (Admin) using the instructions above.
- Type in the following commands in the command prompt window, followed by Enter after each line:
- regsvr32 ntdll.dll /s
- regsvr32 msdxm.ocx /s
- regsvr32 dxmasf.dll /s
- regsvr32 wmp.dll /s
- regsvr32 wmpdxm.dll /s
After executing these commands, restart your computer and check if the error has been fixed.
Fix #3: Uninstall Then Re-Install iCloud And Its Components.
If you want to totally get rid of the iCloudServices.exe, the best way is to uninstall iCloud and all related components before installing a fresh copy of the app.
To do this:
- Click Start, then choose Control Panel from the right-side menu.
- Click on Programs > Programs and Features, then look for iCloud.
- Click on iCloud, then hit the Uninstall button at the top menu.
- Follow the on-screen instructions until the app has been uninstalled.
- If you have iTunes and Quicktime installed, follow the same instructions to uninstall them from your computer.
You also need to uninstall the following services:
- Apple Software Update
- Apple Mobile Device Support
- Apple Application Support (32-bit)
- Apple Application Support (64-bit)
After uninstalling these apps and services, delete all the folders associated with them:
- C:\Program Files\Bonjour (C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour for 64-bit systems)
- C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple (C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple for 64-bit systems)
- C:\Program Files\iPod (C:\Program Files (x86)\iPod for 64-bit systems)
- C:\Program Files\iTunes (C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes for 64-bit systems)
Next, delete all the shortcuts to these apps on your Desktop, Taskbar, or Start Menu. Restart your computer and install a new copy of iTunes and iCloud.
The iCloudServices.exe error is an app-related issue that prevents users from storing and accessing files from their cloud storage. Since the error renders the iCloud app inoperative, it can be a hassle if you want to access your saved files on iCloud. Signing in using your browser every time you need to download or save a file can be time-consuming and can cause you serious headache.
So when you encounter the CloudServices.exe error, just use the fixes listed above to conveniently use the iCloud app once again to manage all your files.