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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. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. wmplayer.exe is executed by the process svchost.exe (ระบบปฏิบัติการ Microsoft® Windows® by Microsoft).

How does wmplayer.exe start?

Autoplay handler - wmplayer.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of MSPlaySuperVideoCDMovieOnArrival with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSPlaySuperVideoCDMovieOnArrival. 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 AVIFile with and identifier of "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetcC:8 /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 0.4% of all Boost users have the wmplayer.exe process running.Of the 0.4% 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%
How resource intensive is wmplayer.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00149% CPU14914.3%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
50.53 MB RAM234.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     65 /min2.9%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
625 GDI objects416.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
258 context switches/sec258.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\windows media player\wmplayer.exe

Are there other versions of Windows Media Player?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by 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 working (BEX)
Crashing module: divx_ul.dll (still researching...)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (BEX)
Crashing module: divx_ul.dll (still researching...)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (BEX)
Crashing module: divx_ul.dll (still researching...)
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Single Language (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: wmplayer.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Media Player
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 12.0.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247)
Product version: 12.0.9200.16384
Size: 161 KB
Original file name: wmplayer.exe.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0032747144%
Privileged CPU: 0.0017832841%
User CPU: 0.00149143036869%
Privileged CPU time: 195584493.44 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 141,627 ms
CPU cycle count: 192,262,990
CPU cycle count /min: 636,940,492
Context switches /sec: 258
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 241.89 MB
Peak committed memory: 562.95 MB
Paged memory: 50.53 MB
Peak paged memory: 72.56 MB
Paged system memory: 414.69 KB
Non-paged system memory: 146.41 KB
Working set memory: 74.25 MB
Peak working set memory: 84.82 MB
Min working set memory: 54.34 MB
Private memory: 50.53 MB
Page faults: 317,998
Page faults /min: 184
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 25,543
Read operations /min: 64
Total read transfer: 124.8 MB
Read transfer /min: 149.63 KB
Total write operations: 155
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 1.06 MB
Write transfer /min: 1.38 KB
Total other operations: 195,564
Other operations /min: 471
Total other transfer: 2.16 MB
Other Transfer /min: 3.07 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 625
Peak GDI objects: 689
USER objects: 165
Peak USER objects: 191
Handle count average: 940
Thread count average: 21
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /Play -Embedding
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetcC:1
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /Play "C:\Downloads\Video\...+!+A+VILÁGEGYETEM+TITKAI+!+...+-+...+!+UNIVERSITY+OF+SECRETS+OF+THE+WORLD+!+....flv"
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /Enqueue -Embedding

Autoplay handler details

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

Shell open command details

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

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 65333
UDP: LISTENING on port 61558
UDP: LISTENING on port 53110
UDP: LISTENING on port 51555
TCP: localhost on port 50345
UDP: LISTENING on port 65285
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 0ced501e811f5c4745415fcc000ce043
SHA-1: 3f6f52c12c3fcc4455ed8110b0d54c7fce75373f
SHA-256: d13200ccaaa192fbc7a251b1cafb89501f1b541377c108aeb90be990fe99ba17

PE image details

File entropy: 6.48929
File packed: No
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