it is programmed to automatically start with all of the other programs when you start your computer.
To correct this; launch i-tunes, and in the 'options' section of the program, untick the box that says 'Start up with Windows'.
unit is a HP Pavillion dv7 windows 7 home edition 64 bit. running latest itunes 64 bit software .Problem is slow startup & when shutting down I get a waiting for background programs to close message. I ran a check 7 it said itunes was ths problem. Even though I didn't open Itunes during session