Fix Wmp.dll Errors

The wmp.dll file is associated with Windows Media Player from Microsoft.

Wmp.dll Error 1

When you try to launch Windows Media Player on your computer, you may receive an error message similar to the one below –

“The file wmp.dll has a version number of 9.0.0.3075 where 9.0.0.2980 was expected. Windows Media Player is not installed properly and must be reinstalled.”

The above error may not be resolved even after reinstalling Windows Media Player. When you launch Windows Media Player after reinstallation the above error message may reappear on your screen. The error may also appear for different versions of Windows Media Player than the one mentioned in the above error message.

What causes this error?

This error may be generated if your computer is unable to decipher or is confused about the version number of the Windows Media Player on your computer.

How to fix this wmp.dll error message

To resolve the above wmp.dll error, perform the steps listed below:

  1. Click the Start menu and then click the Run command.
  2. In the Open box, type the command listed below and press Enter to execute it.

                C:\windows\inf\unregmp2.exe /UpdateWMP

Wmp.dll Error 2

When you use Windows Media Player to play a video file on your computer, an error message similar to the one below may be displayed –

“Explorer has caused a problem in wmp.dll.”

What causes this error?

This wmp.dll error may occur when the wmp.dll file is not registered on your computer.

How to resolve the error

To fix the above wmp.dll error, perform the steps below to register the wmp.dll file:

  1. Click Start and then click Run.
  2. Next, type cmd and press Enter.
  3. At command prompt, type regsvr32 wmp.dll and press Enter to register wmp.dll.
  4. Next, type exit and press Enter to quit command prompt.

Wmp.dll Error 3

The following error may be displayed in Windows Vista when you attempt to play an attachment using Windows Media Player –

“Windows Media Player has stopped working and needs to close”

How to fix this error message

To resolve the above wmp.dll error, you may perform the following tasks:

  • Re-register Windows Media Player files.
  • Run the SFC command to repair any damaged or missing core Windows files.

Task 1 – Re-register Windows Media Player files

To do this, perform the steps below:

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. At command prompt, type the following commands and press Enter after each command to execute it.
    • regsvr32 wmp.dll
    • regsvr32 jscript.dll
    • regsvr32 vbscript.dll
  3. Restart your computer.

Task 2 – Run the System File Checker (SFC) command

If the error persists after you complete task 1, then run the SFC command. The SFC command replaces any damaged, corrupt, or missing core Windows files.

To run the SFC command, perform the following steps:

Note: You may be prompted to insert the original Windows Vista installation CD when you run the SFC command.

  1. Click Start, type cmd in the Start Search box, right-click command prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. At command prompt, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
  3. Restart your computer after the scan is complete.

Wmp.dll Issue in Windows Vista

Windows Media Player stops responding because a third-party product that you installed registers its own version of the wmp.dll file.

To resolve the issue, install and run the Microsoft Fix It program.