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What is wmpshell.dll?

Part of Windows Media Player Launcher 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 wmpshell.dll 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.
(wmpshell.dll is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How is wmpshell.dll loaded?

Approved shell extension - wmpshell.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {F1B9284F-E9DC-4e68-9D7E-42362A59F0FD} with and identifier of Windows Media Player Add to Playlist Context Menu Handler. When the system detects that the user is downloading an external program that runs as part of the Windows user interface, the system searches for a digital certificate or requests that the user approve the action. If you enable this policy, Windows only starts approved programs.
Windows Media Player Launcher is loaded by:

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the wmpshell.dll file.Of the 0.5% of wmpshell.dll users, less than 1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Windows\System32\wmpshell.dll

Are there other versions of Windows Media Player Launcher?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

About Microsoft Corporation

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File details

File name: wmpshell.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Media Player Launcher
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 11.0.5721.5145 (WMP_11.061018-2006)
Product version: 11.0.5721.5145
Size: 97.5 KB
Original file name: wmpshell.dll.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Approved shell extension details

CLSID: {8A734961-C4AA-4741-AC1E-791ACEBF5B39}
Command: Windows Media Player Shop Music Context Menu Handler

Image hashes

MD5: daa9f0cd41d7fddf7c5bffd463bb515f
SHA-1: 5f396e1a1315c0e449cc380a9f829de5756f4b9f
SHA-256: 25249dfd7678bf178b1cac5374212df96d85e65f54493f18a913688286644a2a

PE image details

File entropy: 6.37827
File packed: No
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