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1% remove it99% keep it
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Windows Media Connect

What is Windows Media Connect?

Windows Media Connect (WMC) is a UPnP AV server from Microsoft for Windows XP and later Windows operating systems, to share and stream media on a Windows computer to WMC clients. The first two releases of WMC were made available as stand-alone software, and included a client as well. Following that, it was renamed to Home Media Ecosystem (HME) and the media server component was integrated into Windows Media Player and Windows Home Server.


Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is wmccds.exe. The software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 1.53 MB (1,601,618 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.microsoft.com
Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=47544
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows media connect 2
Uninstaller: "C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallWMCSetup$\spuninst\spuninst.exe"
Estimated size: 1.53 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Media Connect

Program executable:wmccds.exe
Name:Windows Media Connect
Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Path:C:\Program Files\windows media connect 2\wmccds.exe
Additional files:
  • wmcsci.dll - DLL-bestand met servicebesturingsinterface voor Windows Media Connect
  • WMCCPL.dll - Onderdeel van Configuratiescherm van Windows Media Connect
  • WMCCFG.exe - Toepassing voor configuratie van Windows Media Connect

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • wmccds.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Media Connect-service' (WMConnectCDS) "Hiermee worden media-bestanden met behulp van UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) op media-apparaten beschikbaar gemaakt".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • WMCCFG.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Windows Media Connect 2' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Connect 2\WMCCFG.exe" /StartQuiet.

How do I remove Windows Media Connect?

You can uninstall Windows Media Connect from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Windows Media Connect, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Windows Media Connect.

Win XP 82%
Win 10 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 93.62%
Windows 7 5.67%
Windows 10 0.71%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 94.74%
Windows 7 Home Premium 2.26%
Windows 7 Professional 1.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 0.75%
Windows 8.1 0.75%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.68% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.68%
  United Kingdom 6.71%
  Germany 6.10%
  Taiwan 4.88%
  France 4.27%
  Spain 3.05%
  Poland 3.05%
  Italy 3.05%
  Hong Kong 2.44%
  Australia 2.44%
  Netherlands 2.44%
  Canada 2.44%
  Belgium 1.83%
  Czech Republic 1.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 15.58%
Sahara 15.58%
Lenovo 15.58%
Hewlett-Packard 14.29%
American Megatrends 11.69%
Intel 7.79%
Toshiba 3.90%
ASUS 2.60%
Compaq 2.60%
MSI 1.30%
Common models
Dell Computer OptiPlex GX... 1.98%
Hewlett-Packard Pavilion ... 1.98%
MEDIONPC MS-7222 1.98%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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