As a multiplatform developed by Apple which is used to handle video, sound, animation, music etc., QuickTime has attracted many users in the past years. With the powerful multimedia technology which is inclusive of a suite of application, an environment for media authoring and a movie file format, QuickTime supports most video and audio formats and allows you to access over the Internet and streams of real-time data on Mac OS and Windows computers. Usually, QuickTime files exists in the QT, MOV AND MOOV formats. Besides, QuickTime is able to support a variety of video and audio codecs as well as other third-party codecs. As the default media player for Mac, QuickTime can provide you the fantastic audio and video quality for you with ease. But things don't go smoothly all the time. Some buffering or errors may happen from now and then. You may be confused by the QuickTime 2096 during the process. Specifically, a prompt up saying that "QuickTime failed to initialize. Error # -2096" will result in the unusual situations. If you have also been puzzled by QuickTime error 2096, this article will take you to the right solutions.

Part 1: What is QuickTime error 2096?

There are many situations to be involved by QuickTime error 2096. The error can appear during program installation or during the improper compatibility mode. It is mainly seen like "QuickTime failed to initialize. Error # -2096". Sometimes, you try to open iTunes on your Windows operating system, this error may appear. Also, when you plan to use QuickTime as the media player on Windows, you may receive error 2096. Usually, when this error appears, your computer will stop running immediately. Therefore, what are the solutions when QuickTime failed to initialize error 2096 happens? Solutions may vary according to different causes.

Part 2: How to fix QuickTime error 2096?

In summary, the QuickTime error 2096 appears due to two major causes. The first is the system you are running is not compatible with the QuickTime, so QuickTime player doesn't react to the system properly. The second falls to the incomplete installation of QuickTime. Furthermore, sometimes the virus invasion could also result in the error 2096. In order to solve the QuickTime error 2096, you can take the following steps one by one to figure out this problem.

Solution 1. Update device drivers

QuickTime error 2096 can be related to the outdated device drivers. The performance of device drivers presents to be very different in each day. The best way is to keep tracking with the latest device drivers. You can check and update device drivers very often.

Solution 2. Conduct a full scan of your computer

Sometimes, the malware may infect your computer which has already damaged and ruined the QuickTime related files so that your player is not able to play properly. Download a professional malware protection program and conduct a full malware scan for your computer. Then restart your computer to check whether it could be resolved or not.

Solution 3. Uninstall and reinstall QuickTime.

Just as mentioned above, the QuickTime error 2096 appear due to the incomplete installation of QuickTime. If you are not sure which suites are missing, you had better uninstall QuickTime immediately and reinstall it then by making sure no other actions are taken.

Part 3: How to avoid QuickTime error 2096?

By trying the above steps, you may still find that it doesn't work at all. So, you can't help asking are there any other efficient ways to avoid QuickTime error 2096. Absolutely, it is entirely possible to avoid the error 2096 at the beginning. For example, you had better avoid using QuickTime on the non-Mac operating systems which may decrease the possibilities to be incompatible. The second point will be more direct. That is to find another media player as the QuickTime alternative. Among the numerous media players, I will recommend Leawo Blu-ray Player for you. As one of the most powerful media player, Leawo Blu-ray Player is excellent in playing more than 180+ formats playbacks with the best audio and video quality retained. With the advance video processing technology, it could provide you quality-lossless image for even 4K video, stereo audio enjoyment, all regions free DVD decryption and user-oriented playback control.

Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray Player and install it.


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Step 2. Load the files. You can just click "Open File" to load the files you would like to play on Leawo Blu-ray Player, or you can drag the files to the main panel directly.

Step 3. Settings. After loading the file, it will be played automatically. During the playback, you can move mouse to the title area. Then you could see 4 icons.

Then select the first, second and third icon respectively to set the Subtitles, Video and Audio parameters one by one so that you will obtain a more customized display effects.


Well, each media player has its own limitations and incompatibilities with some operating systems. When you encounter that QuickTime failed to initialize error 2096, just relax and take it easy. Try to make a full scan of the player itself and your own computer's device driver. Or at last, you can take your eyes from QuickTime to Leawo Blu-ray Player which will provide you the best playback solutions without any buffering.