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What is wmplayer.exe?

Part of Microsoft(R) 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 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. wmplayer.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does wmplayer.exe start?

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.
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.


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About 0.2% of all Boost users have the wmplayer.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of wmplayer.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is wmplayer.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00184% CPU18433.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
19.59 MB RAM91.0%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
477 GDI objects318.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
121 context switches/sec121.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\windows media player\wmplayer.exe

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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 Microsoft(R) Windows Media Player.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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: Microsoft(R) Windows Media Player
Description: Windows Media Player
Size: 72 KB
Original file name: WMPLAYER.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0100703889%
Privileged CPU: 0.0082270264%
User CPU: 0.00184336243383%
Privileged CPU time: 3921.88 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Context switches /sec: 121
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 107.03 MB
Peak committed memory: 109.8 MB
Paged memory: 19.59 MB
Peak paged memory: 28.84 MB
Paged system memory: 68.39 KB
Non-paged system memory: 13.62 KB
Working set memory: 6.49 MB
Peak working set memory: 26.95 MB
Min working set memory: 5.77 MB
Private memory: 19.59 MB
Page faults: 41,467
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1,742
Total read transfer: 2.89 MB
Total write operations: 12
Total write transfer: 36.21 KB
Total other operations: 14,418
Total other transfer: 757 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 477
USER objects: 77
Handle count average: 381
Thread count average: 15
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Process Command

Shell open command details

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

Autoplay handler details

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

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 1427
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: bccd2c7188b78e5c67b702580c8afba7
SHA-1: d2f2e31ee70e979e0de346df3edf14b4081cbe7a
SHA-256: 206e05a5075e91458c77332baaa2844b58ce12886eb82870d58a36ce25ff126a

PE image details

File entropy: 5.22455
File packed: No
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