Wmpshare.exe: What it is and how to get rid of it

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Wmpshare.exe file

Like other .exe (executable) files making up Windows, wmpshare.exe helps your Windows PC successfully run routine tasks.

Specifically, the wmpshare.exe is responsible for processes relating to Windows Media Player such as sharing media files.

Subsequently, when the wmpshare.exe file fails to start or encounters problems after starting, your computer will report issues when you attempt to run a task associated with it.

Sometimes the machine will give notifications or just display an error code on the screen. Interestingly, some users don’t understand the wmpshare.exe file and mistake it for a malware.

Others don’t know how to reply to prompts made by the application and will even attempt to stop it in the task manager.

Well, this article is all about wmpshare.exe, its role, and how to troubleshoot errors it may cause in Windows.wmpshare.exe

Should I uninstall wmpshare.exe?

The file is found either in a subfolder in %PROGRAM_FILES% or as a subfolder in %WINDOWS% in C: based on the version of Windows you have installed.
Then, as I earlier highlighted, this file belongs to Windows and contributes to the overall efficient execution of the operating system’s media player function.

For this reason, uninstalling wmpshare.exe would be unwise- not unless everything else totally fails.

Common errors sssociated with WMPshare.exe

Here are some of the frequent errors brought about by the wmpshare.exe file and their possible interpretations:

  • Exe corrupt: This may mean that the file is damaged, for instance, by a malware.
  • Exe- no disk: This likely indicates that the file service is still making references to a CD/DVD drive that’s no longer accessible.
  • Controlled folder access blocked wmpshare.exe from carrying out changes to the folder “%userprofile%music”: This ‘bug’ appears when the file is blocked from accessing certain folders by controlled folder access.
  • Library files archive bit reset by wmpshare.exe:  The library archive bit reset could be indicating that backups involving shared media files are encountering problems when run.
  • Exe not responding: The app. is frozen perhaps due to stretched system resources.
  • Exe – Application error: This may be resulting from bad code or insufficient memory when running it.
  • Exe – Access denied: The antivirus maybe blocking the file, the file could be corrupted, or your user account may be lacking the rights to access the file.
  • Exe- error: This may mean that the wmpshare.exe or a closely associated program is no longer installed in your computer.

How to fix wmpshare.exe errors

The file responds to the listed hitches variously. For example, wmpshare.exe can stop or repeatedly retry to execute your request.

It may also seek to modify the faulty settings in the registry depending on the action it is supposed to accomplish.

This explains why you often once in a while see error messages mentioning that wmpshare.exe is attempting to carry out changes to some folders.

However, it doesn’t always succeed and it may take your intervention to fully resolve some of the critical wmpshare.exe issues.

Let’s look at the steps that you can undertake to rectify the common mishaps:

  1. Scan The System Files For Errors
  2. Use DISM to Restore Health
  3. Exit The Homegroup
  4. Turn Off Controlled Folder Access
  5. Run System Restore
  6. Download and install the latest Windows Update
  7. Scan For Viruses
  8. Disable The Network Sharing Service In Windows Media Player
  9. How To Recover A Missing/Damaged Wmpshare.Exe File

Fix 1: Scan The System Files For Errors

The file may show this warning if it finds relevant files being corrupt.

Here is what to do if you’re getting notifications that the file has been blocked from accessing the %userprofile%music folder by controlled folder access:

Steps:

  1. Click on the start button.
  2. Type cmd.exe in the search box to locate the Command prompt.
  3. Right-click cmd.exe and select run as administrator.wmpshare.exe corrupt
  4. Click yes to proceed to cmd.
  5. Now type sfc /scannow then press enter.
  6. Wait as the tool checks the system for any errors.
  7. Restart your computer.

— RELATED: Fix: Sfc /scannow stops on Windows 10

Fix 2: Use DISM to Restore Health

DISM (Deployment Image Servicing & Management) tackles some of the file corruption challenges that the sfc tool may be unable to.

Specifically, it uses Windows Update (thus it needs internet access) to repair corrupt system files.

It’s recommended that you run the sfc /scannow before the DISM Restore Health commands.

 Steps:

  1. Click on the start button.
  2. Type cmd.exe in the search box then locate the Command prompt.
  3. Right-click cmd.exe (from the results) and select run as administrator.
  4. From there, click on Command Prompt (Admin) option.
  5. Now type these commands (press the enter key after each entry).

                    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth 

                   DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth wmpshare.exe wants to make changes

Also, remember to allow each of the commands to run:

6. Close the command prompt and restart the computer.

Fix 3: Exit The Homegroup

Homegroups are networks of PCs created to easily share resources such as files (music, videos, pictures, documents etc.) and printers among users.

In Windows 7, the file relies on the existing HomeGroup sharing settings.

You can therefore remove your computer from the HomeGroup and check to see if the problem will disappear.

Steps:

  1. Open your HomeGroup by tapping the Start 
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Type homegroup in the control panel’s search box.
  4. Click HomeGroup.
  5. Choose Leave the HomeGroup.error 'WMPSHARE.EXE corrupt file
  6. Confirm that you want to leave by clicking Leave the HomeGroup once again. wmpshare.exe- no disk
  7. Wait as the PC exits the HomeGroup then click Save changes.
  8. Hopefully, you’ll get rid of the wmpshare.exe-caused problem.

Fix 4: Turn Off Controlled Folder Access

Controlled folder access enhances protection against malware targeting Windows. The feature’s role inspects apps before they are allowed to access files residing in protected folders such as wmpshare.exe.

Unfortunately, this powerful feature sometimes prevents wmpshare.exe from operating properly resulting in random errors.

You can either allow wmpshare.exe through or Turning off the property entirely.

How to let wmpshare.exe through:

  1. Open the Windows Defender Security Center by searching for Defender from the start
  2. Click on the Virus & threat protection tile on the menu bar (left).wmpshare.exe wants to make changes
  3. Select Virus & threat protection then click on Virus & threat protection
  4. Scroll down until you view the Controlled folder access option.
  5. Click on Allow an app through Controlled folder access.wmpshare.exe*32 slows my system down
  6. Now press the Add an allowed app (+)icon(as shown) and browse to its location (C:program filesWindows media player) to add wmpshare.exe program to the allowed app. list.

If allowing the file through still refuses to work, consider turning off controlled folder access permanently.

How to turn off Controlled folder access:

  1. Select Start then choose 
  2. Navigate to Update & Security  and click Windows Security.
  3. Select Virus & threat protection  tile on the menu bar (left)wmpshare.exe wants to make changes
  4. Click Manage settings Under Virus and threat protection settings.Library Files Archive Bit reset by wmpshare.exe
  5. Under the Controlled folder access option, click Manage Controlled folder access.
  6. Set the button next to the Controlled folder access tab to Off.wmpshare.exe
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