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Should I remove Windows Media Player 10?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,731
United States Rank #7,639
Reach 0.0647%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.43 days
248.64 days >
Average installed length: 130.64 days

Windows Media Player 10


Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The programs's main executable is wmplayer.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 19.59 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 25 files and is usually about 23.46 MB (24,601,331 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows XP and Windows XP. While about 38% of users of Windows Media Player 10 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows media player
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Setup_wm.exe" /Uninstall
Estimated size: 23.46 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Media Player 10

Program executable:wmplayer.exe
Name:Microsoft(R) Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player
Path:C:\Program Files\windows media player\wmplayer.exe
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...
Additional files:
  • mplayer2.exe (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Windows Media Player (Windows Media Player)
  • mpvis.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft(R) Windows Media Player (Visuella effekter för Windows Media Player)
  • npdrmv2.dll - Microsoft® DRM (DRM Netscape Network Object)
  • npdsplay.dll (by Microsoft (written by Digital Renaissance)) - Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library (Npdsplay dll)
  • npwmsdrm.dll - DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • setup_wm.exe - Microsoft Windows Media konfigurationsverktyg
  • wmpband.dll
  • wmpns.dll - Windows Media Player Applet Support DLL
  • wmsetsdk.exe
  • dlimport.exe - Microsoft Windows Media Player Setup Utility
  • LegitLibM.dll - Windows Genuine Advantage (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Library)
  • wmdbexport.exe - MLS Dbexport DLL
  • wmpnetwk.exe - Serviço de Partilha de Rede do Windows Media Player
  • wmpnscfg.exe - Aplicação de Configuração do Serviço de Partilha de Rede do Windows Media Player
  • wmpnssci.dll - DLL da Interface de Controlo do Serviço de Partilha de Rede do Windows Media Player
  • wmpshare.exe - Windows Media Player Folder Sharing Executable
  • wmpvis.dll - Visuelle effekter i Windows Media Player

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • wmplayer.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'MSWMPBurnCDOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'WMP.BurnCD' and the action verb 'Burn.
3 Google Chrome Plugins
  • npwmsdrm.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npwmsdrm.dll'.
  • npdrmv2.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npdrmv2.dll'.
  • npdsplay.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npdsplay.dll'.
  • wmpnetwk.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service' (WMPNetworkSvc) "Shares Windows Media Player libraries to other networked players and media devices using Universal Plug and Play".
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • wmdbexport.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'WMC_WMPDBExport' which loads as C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmdbexport.exe.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • wmplayer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exC:*:enableC:Windows Media Player'.
  • wmpshare.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpshare.exe'.
  • wmdbexport.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmdbexport.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:19.59 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0100703889%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00822703%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00184336%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove Windows Media Player 10?

You can uninstall Windows Media Player 10 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 Player 10, 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 Player 10.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Windows Media Player 10 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win XP 82%
Win 10 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 95.92%
Windows 7 3.61%
Windows Vista 0.31%
Windows 10 0.16%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 96.49%
Windows 7 Home Premium 1.79%
Windows 7 Professional 0.90%
Windows 7 Ultimate 0.41%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 0.24%
Windows 10 Home 0.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.19% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.19%
  Germany 10.20%
  Italy 7.19%
  United Kingdom 5.07%
  Brazil 3.29%
  Canada 2.19%
  India 2.12%
  Romania 2.12%
  Australia 1.98%
  Netherlands 1.98%
  Japan 1.57%
  Czech Republic 1.51%
  Taiwan 1.51%
  Hungary 1.37%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 18.25%
Toshiba 14.57%
American Megatrends 12.73%
Sahara 12.73%
Intel 10.47%
Hewlett-Packard 10.33%
Acer 6.93%
ASUS 1.98%
Samsung 0.99%
Common models
Acer Aspire one 3.34%
Dell Computer Dimension 4... 2.68%
TOSHIBA Satellite A100 2.68%


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