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What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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United States Rank #331
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
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Average installed length: 292.83 days

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Windows Media Encoder 9 Series

What is Windows Media Encoder 9 Series?

Windows Media Encoder is a freely downloadable media encoder developed by Microsoft which enables content developers to convert or capture both live and prerecorded audio, video, and computer screen images to Windows Media formats for live and on-demand delivery.

About  (from Microsoft)

Windows Media Encoder 9 Series is a powerful tool for content producers who want to take advantage of the many innovations in Windows Media 9 Series, including high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition video quality, new support for mixed-mode voice and music content, and more. Capture content with frame-accurat...  Read more


A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named wmenc.exe. The setup package generally installs about 52 files and is usually about 13.38 MB (14,028,939 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows media components\encoder
Uninstaller: msiexec.exe /I {E38C00D0-A68B-4318-A8A6-F7D4B5B1DF0E}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 13.38 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Media Encoder 9 Series

Program executable:wmenc.exe
Name:Microsoft® Windows Media™ Encoder
Windows Media Encoder
Path:C:\Program Files\windows media components\encoder\wmenc.exe
Additional files:
  • wmprevu.dll - Microsoft (R) Windows Media (TM) Preview Module (Windows Media Preview Object)
  • wmstreamedt.exe - Microsoft (R) Windows Media (TM) Stream Editor (Windows Media Stream Editor)
  • wmasfdist.exe - Windows Media Component Setup Application
  • wmedist.exe
  • wmfdist.exe
  • wmencres.dll - Microsoft (R) Windows Media (TM) Encoder (Windows Media Encoder Language Pack)
  • wmex.dll - WM Encoder Extensions
  • WMEXres.dll - WM Encoder Extensions Language Pack
  • WMProEdt.exe
  • StreamEditor.dll
  • dw15.exe - Microsoft Application Error Reporting
  • wmeditor.exe
  • Fileinfo.dll - Microsoft® Windows Media Services (Windows Media Encoder File Info)
  • settmp.exe - Microsoft(R) Windows Media Player (Microsoft Windows Media Player Setup Utility)
  • wmDevCtl.dll - WMDevCtl Module
  • wmedque.dll - WME Record Queue
  • wmEncAgt.exe - Windows Media Encoder Agent
  • wmEncEng.dll - WMEncEng Module
  • wmencloc.dll - WMEncLoc Module
  • wmeosppg.dll - WMEOsppg Module
  • wmesrcwp.dll - WMESrcWp Module
  • WMexfmwp.dll - WMEXfmWp Module
  • wmmv.exe - Microsoft Windows Media Component Removal Utility
  • mspshell.dll - Microsoft (R) PropShell Control (MS PropShell Control)
  • wmstypelib.exe - Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor
  • _instENC.exe - Microsoft (R) NetShow (Windows Media Encoder 7 Setup Utility)
  • _unrmENC.exe - Windows Media Encoder Setup Utility

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • wmenc.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CD9E4B0C-9A11-49C3-8F01-70939E751287}' (runs on registration).
  • wmeditor.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E5293063-2BE3-4BC2-A703-6E5C1FA9D490}' (runs on registration).
  • wmstreamedt.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9F3BF927-3482-4A7B-81DB-EB0D2CA95311}' (runs on registration).
  • WMProEdt.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{ABE68332-C548-4E7E-B077-16A7F6A3DA8D}' (runs on registration).
4 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • WMProEdt.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\WMProEdt.exe'.
  • wmeditor.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\wmeditor.exe'.
  • wmenc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\wmenc.exe'.
  • wmstreamedt.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\wmstreamedt.exe'.

How do I remove Windows Media Encoder 9 Series?

You can uninstall Windows Media Encoder 9 Series 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 Encoder 9 Series, 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 Encoder 9 Series.

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win 8.1 0%
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.02%
Windows Vista 16.94%
Windows 10 16.52%
Windows XP 6.49%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.32%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.18%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.98%
Windows 7 Professional 7.93%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.44%
Windows 10 Home 5.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.63% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.63%
  Germany 9.49%
  United Kingdom 5.70%
  Canada 3.19%
  Australia 2.35%
  France 2.31%
  Italy 1.93%
  Netherlands 1.83%
  Belgium 1.28%
  Japan 0.97%
  Iran 0.94%
  Taiwan 0.91%
  Austria 0.77%
  Sweden 0.71%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.36%
Toshiba 23.16%
Dell 15.09%
Medion 9.90%
Acer 8.09%
ASUS 4.34%
Intel 1.41%
Lenovo 1.33%
American Megatrends 1.07%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 24.74%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.54%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305 4.45%
TOSHIBA Satellite L300 3.38%
MEDIONPC MS-7713 2.19%
TOSHIBA Satellite A205 2.19%

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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