How to Resolve Wmp.dll Errors

What is Wmp.dll?

The wmp.dll file belongs to the Windows Media Player program from Microsoft Corporation.

Common Wmp.dll Errors And Their Fixes

Error 1:

You may encounter the error message given below when you try to open the Windows Media Player:

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

Although the error message prompts you to reinstall the Windows Media Player, reinstallation does not necessarily fix the problem. The error message generally pops up again when you try to launch Windows Media player after the reinstallation.

To fix the issue, perform the steps listed below:

  1. Go to Start and click Run.
  2. Type the following command in the Open box and then press Enter:
    c:\windows\inf\unregmp2.exe /UpdateWMP

The above steps resolve the confusion that your computer was having with version numbers of Windows Media Player and subsequently corrects the error.

Note:The version numbers of Windows Media Player in the error message that you receive may differ from the ones listed above. The resolution is the same.

Error 2:

An error message, similar to the one listed below may surface on your screen when you try to play a video file on your Windows Media Player.

?Explorer has caused a problem in wmp.dll.?

You can fix the error by performing the steps listed below:

  1. Open the Start Menu and select Run.
  2. Type the following command in the box that appears and then press Enter:
    regsvr32 wmp.dll

The above steps will register the wmp.dll file in your system registry and fix the error.

The DLL files on your system may get corrupt or deleted due to various reasons, such as incorrect installation/uninstallation of programs, faulty programs, corrupt device drivers, faulty hardware, malware infections and a damaged registry.

Listed below are pointers to keep your files healthy and prevent DLL errors from occurring due to the above listed reasons:

  • Install programs or applications only from reputed Web sites. When installing from a CD, ensure that the installation CD is not damaged.
  • Keep your operating system, software, and device drivers up-do-date with the latest hotfixes, patches and security releases using tools, such as Windows Update and Driver Finder.
  • Scan your entire system regularly using a reliable antivirus and antispyware tool. Also, keep your protective gear up-do-date with the latest virus definitions and security updates.
  • Perform regular registry repair and maintenance activities, using an advanced registry cleaner, such as RegServe.