What is setup_wm.exe?

The genuine setup_wm.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
The installation process for Windows Media Player, this file is run on demand and installs all components necessary for Windows Media Player. Introduced with Windows 3.0, Windows Media Player orginated as an audio player and evolved into a playback suite for nearly all audio and video files available for PC. When individual pieces of media are introduced that are unsupported, codecs designed for various media can be added to the player. Founded in 1975 in New Mexico, Microsoft is now one of the largest software corporations in the world. Currently headquartered in Washington, the flagship Windows operation system is the most utilized OS in the world.

setup_wm stands for Setup Windows Media

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the setup_wm.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Setup_wm.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Windows Media Configuration Utility or Microsoft Windows Media-Konfigurationsdienstprogramm belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Microsoft® Windows Media Player by Microsoft (

Description: The original setup_wm.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Setup_wm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,669,120 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 1,678,848 bytes, 774,144 bytes or 1,587,712 bytes. 
Setup_wm.exe is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with setup_wm.exe, you can also completely remove Windows Media Player 11 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If setup_wm.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 225,280 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,669,120 bytes or 819,200 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as setup_wm.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the setup_wm.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It tries to connect to internet while NOT asked for this.
Windows Media Player 10
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Summary: Average user rating of setup_wm.exe: based on 7 votes with 2 user comments. 5 users think setup_wm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving setup_wm issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with setup_wm. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the setup_wm.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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