The Wdfmgr.exe Process, Error, and Fixes

Wdfmgr.exe or the Windows User Mode Driver Framework service is a critical Windows process, which is used by higher versions of Windows Media Player and different driver run hardware devices. This process gets added to your Windows Task Manager when you install Windows Media Player version 10 or above on a Windows XP Service Pack 2 computer. Wdfmgr.exe service is required to synchronize your Media player with other hardware players such as an MP3 player. This process enables WDF or Windows Driver Foundation capability and gives your Windows device drivers an added stability.

File Information

The wdfmgr.exe file is a Microsoft signed file and not a Windows core file. This is the reason why it should not be removed from your system unless you suspect it to be a cause of system crashes and errors. By default, the wdfmgr.exe file is located within the C:\WINDOWS\system32\ folder.? Some of the known file sizes of the wdfmgr.exe process on Windows XP are: 38,912, 37,888, 115,712, 49,664, 44,544, 50,176, and 216,832 bytes.

Wdfmgr.exe Error and Fixes

Even though wdfmgr.exe is a Microsoft signed file and is generally harmless, there are times that you might face some application errors, boot or run-time errors. One of the common errors that you may face is discussed below.

Error Message: Wdfmgr.exe has encountered a problem and needed to close.

Additionally, you may also encounter high CPU usage problems by this file. You may work around these problems, by removing or disabling the wdfmgr.exe process or by setting it to manual. To do this, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Start menu, select Run, type services.msc, and then click OK.
  2. In the Services management console window, locate and right-click on Windows User Mode Driver Framework, and then select Properties.
  3. Next, on the General tab, select Disabled or Manual in the Startup type box and then click OK to save your changes.
  4. Select OK

Is Wdfmgr.exe a Virus or Spyware?

The wdfmgr.exe process in itself is not harmful to your computer. However, in some cases there are chances that a malicious program such as a virus or a spyware camouflages or saves itself under a name very similar to Wdfmgr.exe such as dfmgr.exe, wfmgr.exe, wdmgr.exe, wdfgr.exe, and wdfmr.exe.

To determine if the process running on a your computer is harmful or not first check what all processes are currently running by opening the Windows Task Manager. To open the Task Manager, press Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination on your Windows XP computer. If you see a conspicuous file running, search for its location on the disk. You will then need to end this process in the Task Manager and delete the file. However, malware programs may link deeply into your PC and therefore, deleting the malware files directly may generate more errors on your computer. This is the reason why it is recommended that you use reliable antivirus and antispyware tools to perform a thorough PC scan and get rid of all malware files and programs.

There are times when you face problems related to exe files because of incorrect or corrupted registry entries. To avoid these issues and to keep your registry clean and error free it is recommended that you scan it regularly by using a user-friendly, reliable, and efficient registry tool, such as RegServe.