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What is wmpnscfg.exe?

Part of Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Configuration Application by Microsoft

What is it?

This service allows Media Player to share media with other computers on the network.

What if I disable Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Configuration Application?

Disable if you don't share your Windows Media Player library with another computer or your Xbox.
Description of wmpnscfg.exe from Microsoft
By sharing your media, you can do all of these things on your private network. (Media sharing does not allow you to share files outside of your network, however. For example, you cannot use media sharing to download music from the Internet or to stream video on a website.) Media sharing is supported on wired and wireless private networks (such as those typically available in homes) but it is not supported on public networks (such as those available in coffee shops, airports, and libraries).
(wmpnscfg.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does wmpnscfg.exe run?

Process - wmpnscfg.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. wmpnscfg.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does wmpnscfg.exe start?

Scheduled task - wmpnscfg.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Media Sharing\UpdateLibrary'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
Startup files (user) run - wmpnscfg.exe is registered with the run identifier 'WMPNSCFG' and the execution command 'C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the wmpnscfg.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of wmpnscfg.exe users, 35.0% have disabled it.
How stable is Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Configuration Application?
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 wmpnscfg.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00012% CPU1213.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     2.04 MB RAM9.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
              21 GDI objects14.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\windows media player\wmpnscfg.exe

Are there other versions of Windows Media Player Network S...?

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 Network Sharing Service Configuration Application.

What else is related?

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Configuration Application Stability

wmpnscfg.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred on: August 8, 2013
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Business (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)

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File details

File name: wmpnscfg.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Configuration Application
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 11.0.6000.6324 (vista_rtm.061101-2205)
Product version: 11.0.6000.6324
Size: 197.5 KB
Original file name: WMPNSCFG.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0005595882%
Privileged CPU: 0.0004382803%
User CPU: 0.00012130795562%
Total CPU time: 2 ms
Total CPU time /min: 0 ms
Privileged CPU time: 574068.1 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 9 ms
User CPU time: 0.19 ms
User CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 287,872,574
CPU cycle count /min: 765,217
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 54.65 MB
Peak committed memory: 58.12 MB
Paged memory: 2.04 MB
Peak paged memory: 2.11 MB
Paged system memory: 94.78 KB
Non-paged system memory: 3.69 KB
Working set memory: 3.15 MB
Peak working set memory: 5.45 MB
Min working set memory: 2.81 MB
Private memory: 2.04 MB
Page faults: 3,858
Page faults /min: 8
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 254
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 33.9 KB
Read transfer /min: 41 Bytes
Total write operations: 251
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 28.47 KB
Write transfer /min: 9 Bytes
Total other operations: 2,166
Other operations /min: 2
Total other transfer: 73.27 KB
Other Transfer /min: 27 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 21
USER objects: 12
Handle count average: 116
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe"

Scheduled task details

Name: UpdateLibrary
Command: \Microsoft\Windows\Windows Media Sharing\UpdateLibrary

Startup files (user) run details

Command: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe

Image hashes

MD5: 35937ead711207544e219c2a19a78a7d
SHA-1: d1e77bee2b86f4fc9e144cfe5deb84c918e2f15b
SHA-256: ee6e5eae00f577d7c3ffb8c0d8ee484552a337ceaa27fcb107174a9879fe7362

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 5.84163
File packed: No
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