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What is wmplayer.exe?

Part of ‎‎Windows Media Player by Microsoft

What is it?

Windows Media Player (abbreviated WMP) is a media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices.
Description of wmplayer.exe from Microsoft
Designed by media lovers, for media lovers. Windows Media Player 12—available only in Windows 7—plays more music and video than ever, including Flip Video and unprotected songs from your iTunes library! Windows Media Player 12 has built-in support for many popular audio and video formats—including 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, WMV, and WMA. It also supports most AVI, DivX, MOV, and Xvid files.
(wmplayer.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does wmplayer.exe run?

Process - wmplayer.exe is an instance of a running program.

How does wmplayer.exe start?

Autoplay handler - wmplayer.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of MSPlayCDAudioOnArrival with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSPlayCDAudioOnArrival. Autoplay will scan removable media, when it arrives, looking for media content types (music, graphics, or video). When a removable media arrives, Windows determines what actions to perform by evaluating the content and comparing it to registered handlers for that content. An application will register a handler for Autoplay events associated with a media type.
Shell open command - wmplayer.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of AUFile with and identifier of "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /Open "%L". A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the wmplayer.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of wmplayer.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How stable is ‎‎Windows Media Player?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\windows media player\wmplayer.exe

Are there other versions of ‎‎Windows Media Player?

What else is related?

‎‎Windows Media Player Stability

wmplayer.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred on: November 5, 2013
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 3 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Starter (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

About Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft More...
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File details

File name: wmplayer.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: ‎‎Windows Media Player
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 12.0.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Product version: 12.0.7600.16385
Size: 161 KB
Original file name: wmplayer.exe.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Autoplay handler details

Name: MSPlayBluRayOnArrival
Command: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSPlayBluRayOnArrival

Shell open command details

Name: WPLFile
Command: "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /Open "%L"

Image hashes

MD5: 9aed8e824cf5faab67957edbc5512060
SHA-1: c6f2be2f2433a7108e954a5be071ecbc18ada34b

PE image details

File packed: No
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