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What is wlms.exe?

Part of Windows License Monitoring Service by Microsoft

(wlms.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does wlms.exe run?

Service - wlms.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'WLMS' (Windows Licensing Monitoring Service). This is a system service that is installed with the Windows operating system and protected with Window's File Protection. This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Windows Licensing Monitoring Service runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the wlms.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of wlms.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is wlms.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00001% CPU150.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     540 KB RAM2.4%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 1 /min0.0%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: wlms.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows License Monitoring Service
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247)
Product version: 6.2.9200.16384
Size: 21 KB
Original file name: wlms.exe.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0001239982%
Privileged CPU: 0.0001089984%
User CPU: 0.00001499978261%
Privileged CPU time: 109.2 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 274,724,618
CPU cycle count /min: 185,158
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 14.46 MB
Peak committed memory: 15.1 MB
Paged memory: 540 KB
Peak paged memory: 632 KB
Paged system memory: 28.73 KB
Non-paged system memory: 3.94 KB
Working set memory: 2.51 MB
Peak working set memory: 2.53 MB
Min working set memory: 2.47 MB
Private memory: 540 KB
Page faults: 1,181
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total write operations: 192
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 4.72 KB
Write transfer /min: 3 Bytes
Total other operations: 147
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 578 Bytes
Other Transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Handle count average: 38
Thread count average: 3
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command

Service details

Name: Windows Licensing Monitoring Service
Service name: WLMS
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “This service monitors the Windows software license state.”

Image hashes

MD5: 3bc0f678caa3d5763f2eca218b77d7f9
SHA-1: b76aca0d965bd7af1994e47b919e323705289799
SHA-256: cd055ab22af5de960ec2e9597156bad01865e48182a4515faed8bdf9ef7ed15d

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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