Solution For Wmploc.Dll Incompatible Version Error On Windows Media Player

Solution For Wmploc.Dll Incompatible Version Error On Windows Media Player

Executing or Opening different version of Windows media player such as WMP10, wmp11 and wmp12 results in an error associated with the wmploc.dll file.

An error displaying incompatible version is shown below:

The wmploc.dll file has 12.0.7000.7000 version number in place of 11.0.6002.16489 version number.”

This error depicts that the windows media player is not properly installed. If a user encounter this error then re-installing windows media player is the only option.

A common error displayed while installing a new copy of windows media player is the version error for the system file “wmloc.dll”. Users trying to replace the original “Wmploc.dll” system file in the path “\windows\ssytem32” folder encounter this issue.

The wmploc.dll is a dynamic linked library file which stores GUI, graphical user interface in it. The GUI related resources for windows media player and wmploc.dll allows a user to customize the skin of the player. This can be done as the graphic resources can be substituted with a customized design to modify a user interface.

Windows media player validates the version number for wmploc.dll file each time it is started. Error message appears if the version of WMP and wpmloc.dll are different. The version number of both WMP and wmploc.dll file should be same, if the media player is to work properly.

A solution to fix this problem is to substitute back the original file. If this does not solve the problem then a user has to reinstall the player again.

Users who are interested in retaining a customized wmploc.dll file of a different version have to follow the steps shown below to solve the incompatibility of version.

Step by step guide to solve incompatible version error.

  • Download Resource hacker and complete installation on the system.
  • Execute resource hacker.
  • Open a system file “wmploc.dll” from the %windir%\system32\ folder.
  • Elaborate the tree with resources located on the left side of the pane. Browse and select the below branch:

version info ->1 ->1033 [If the operating system version is non-English, then a different number will be displayed]

version info -> 1 -> English (u. s) [The language displayed can be different]

  • Modify all illustrations of version numbers with the right WMP admitted version in the right window. An example validating an error in system file “wmploc.dll” is either invalid or wrong. Numbers 12, 0, 7000, 7000 & 12.0.7000.7000 present in the dll will be substituted with numbers 11, 0, 6002, 16489 & 11.0.6002.16489.
  • The illustrations that can be modified are fileversion and productversion. Only the beginning portion of the file version’s build-tag will be modified.

  • Select by clicking compile script button after changing the versions. Now save the changes made in the file.
  • Execute windows media player again.

Solution For Crashing Windows Explorer And Windows Update In Windows 7

Solution For Crashing Windows Explorer And Windows Update In Windows 7

Have you ever experienced halts, crashes, errors while installing or uninstalling any software using Windows Installer or Explorer?

Installing or uninstalling applications using MSI’s executable or an .EXE called as msiexec.exe, initiating Windows updater, Microsoft Updater in Win 7 sometimes results in the installer getting crashed or generates errors.

A windows installer tends to crash, stops executing, hangs, and halts the entire installation process. It returns errors or notifications such as “windows explorer has stopped working” and “windows installer has stopped working” in a dialog box. In such cases the entire installation fails.

Later this notification still continues in the same dialog box suggesting that windows is looking for an answer to this problem or windows is accumulating more data for the same problem. This will take few minutes to complete.

It later asks a user if they wish to send extra information regarding this problem to Microsoft. After the details are filled in, a user can send this information to Microsoft by clicking the send information button. This facility is not available with Windows XP, Vista operating systems and they cannot resolve the above issues.

An error log is recorded each time in the event viewer which has the following details provided below:

Faulty Application’s name:  Explorer. Exe, Version:  6.1.7000.0, Time Stamp: 0x49431f06

Faulty Module’s Name:  Explorer. Exe, Version:  6.1.7000.0, Time Stamp: 0x49433e67

Exception Cipher/ Code:  0xc0000005 or 0xc015000f

Faulty Offset:  0x0007f6d6

Faulty Process Id:  0x56c

Faulty Application Initiation Time:  0x01c97968a23fc032

Faulty Application Path:  C:\Windows\Explorer.Exe

Faulty Module’s Path: C:\Windows\System32\ntdll.dll

Report ID:  f314a30c-e55b-11dd-83d9-001e375c9a5c

The very reason for Windows explorer’s crashing and failure of MSI is due to the SQM’s Client. This is also a portion of the CEIP, or the customer experience improvement program. Under its default settings, an option called as MachineThrottling is set. This is a registry setting and all calls to WinSqmStartSession are found in the ntdll.dll, which causes the explorer to crash. It is also the very reason for failed windows installer.

If you are tired of waiting for a fix for this problem from Microsoft, you can quickly try to fix it on your own by following a hack. One can remove or delete MachineThrottling settings from the registry. This setting in the registry can be found in the following key.


One can also download, unpack the zipped file. Now run Win7-Explorer-Fix.cmd to delete this key from the registry automatically.

If the above solution does not solve your problem, then one can disable windows CEIP. The method to disable customer experience improvement program is to open first the Local Group Policy editor called gpedit.msc, click on computer configuration, select administrative templates, select system option, select internet communication management option, and now select internet communication settings option.

From the details window pane, turn off windows customer experience improvement program by double clicking it and clicking the radio button called enabled.

No feature is lost if one disables the windows customer experience improvement program. This facility is utilized in sending any unknown information only to improve the operating system.

An Easy Solution To Delete Folders And Files Used By Another Program

An Easy Solution To Delete Folders And Files Used By Another Program

Sometimes Deleting few files and folders becomes tedious. Certain notifications are displayed by the system while deleting them. The notifications are as follows:

  •  It will give you an error message which says that the file or folder cannot be deleted since other person or program is using that file.
  •  An error message that the file cannot be deleted, as the access to the file is denied.
  •  A message displaying that the file (source/destination) is already in use.
  •  A message displaying that there is a shared violation.
  •  A message asking the user to ensure whether the disk is fully protected or write-protected and whether the file is presently used by another person or program.

To completely delete the files and folders from the system, one needs to restart the system if such notifications are displayed. Instead of restarting the system, one can also use some disengaging tools to delete them completely from the system.

Notifications listed above pop up when trying to delete folders or files. These notifications are displayed by any operating system from Microsoft. The above notifications are errors generated when the system engages the files and folders being used, and one is trying to delete them at the same time.

Sometimes these errors in form of notifications are also displayed when certain files and folders are unused or left idle. To overcome this issue, one can utilise tools from third party to disengage or unlock these files and folders. These tools will disengage the locked folders and files, in turn allowing one to delete them easily.

  • Download disengage tool called “Unlocker” and have it installed on the system.
  • Select the file or folder, for which notifications are displayed. Right Click on them.
  • Choose by clicking an option called Unlocker.

  • New window pops up providing an elaborate list of all locked folders and files with their respective paths. Now to disengage them, select unlock option which will kill this process by terminating all the associated programs with them.

  • The particular folder or file is unlocked.
  • Now to delete the particular folder or file, simply select Delete button.
  • This successfully completes the delete operation.

Device Media – Disk Is Write Protected USB Problem – Solution

Useful Trick For Disabling Write Access To Removable USB Mass Storage Devices

USB drive is a removable mass storage device which is generally used to store and transfer data. This portable storage device is lightweight and handy to use which makes it a more preferred storage option as compared to CD, zip drive disk or floppy disk.

It is possible that you disable USB (Universal Serial Bus) drive’s access to the various USB mass storage devices such as USB key, pen drive, portable hard disk, flash drive and thumb drive while allowing the USB hardware devices such as keyboard, printer, mouse, webcam and scanner linked to USB ports to work normally, using a registry hack.

However, this registry hack disables the access to USB drive completely preventing the user from copying data to USB disk storage and reading files/ documents from USB storage device.

If you wish to disable only the write access to external removable USB disk drive, you need to use a different registry hack of registry entry “WriteProtect” in the registry key “StorageDevicePolicies” for restricting Windows from writing onto the USB drive, thereby preventing the user from copying any sensitive information from the computer to the USB drive.

This registry hack works in a manner very much similar to write-protect aspect used in backup tape and floppy disk which makes the disk “read-only”. However, the system wide implementation of this registry trick blocks any recording/ writing of data to the removable USB device.

Just follow the simple steps mentioned below for disabling write access to all USB drives and allowing read-only access only:

1> Choose “Run” option from the Start Menu. Type “regedit” into the run command box and press “Enter” to open the “Registry Editor”.
2> Locate the registry key mentioned below:


3> Then create a new registry key and name it as “StorageDevicePolicies
4> Select and highlight the key “StorageDevicePolicies” and create a new DWORD value. Name it as “WriteProtect”.
5> Double-click on “WriteProtect” and fix its value data as ‘1′.

Once the setting is done, no user on the PC will be allowed to copy, transfer or write any data or files/ documents to the USB drives. If you attempt to copy or download files from the computer to the removable USB drive, an error message will appear notifying you that the disk and media is write-protected and you need to either utilize another disk or eliminate the write protection.
If you wish to revert the setting or enable write access to all USB drives in future, you simply need to delete the registry key “StorageDevicePolicies” or the registry entry “WriteProtect” or alter the “WriteProtect” value data to 0.

For some reason, if you do not want to edit the registry manually, you can download the below mentioned registry registration files in order to enable/ disable write protection (or block the attempt to write) to the USB removable drive.

DisableWriteToUSB.reg (to be extracted from

EnableWriteToUSB.reg (to be extracted from

Double-click on the .reg file once it is extracted from .zip archive and merge the registry entries.

This trick works well with most Windows operating systems including Windows Vista, XP SP2 & 3, Server 2008 and 2003.

Related post:

1> How to enable write protected USB.

Solve Windows Live Messenger / Writer’s Hr:0x80070643 Problem

I was trying to set up Windows Live Writer on my Windows XP, but I encountered hr:0x80070643 error. While searching for a solution, I read a couple of blogs and forum posts and figured this error was generic and not specific to Windows Live Writer.

People were having similar problems, when trying to install Windows Live Messenger (WLM 2009). I was able to fix this for problem for Windows Live Writer, I think the same fix should work for Windows Live Messenger.

The problem seems to with the .NET Framework on the system and not Windows Live Writer or Windows Live Messenger. I’m just guessing here, so please do not come to any conclusion.

Here’s the fix that worked for me:

1> Uninstall currently installed .NET framework. I had .NET Framework version 1.1 on my system. To uninstall it, click on “Start –> Control Panel –> Add remove Programs“. Find installed .NET Framework and click on uninstall.

2> Download and install the latest version of Microsofts .NET Framework, at this point when I am writing this article, it is version 3.5 SP1 which can be downloaded from here. Or you can search the latest version of .NET Framework here.

Once installed, reboot your machine and try installing Windows Live Writer. It should work fine. If this works for Windows Live Messenger (WLM 2009), please let me know so that I can update this blog post.


As per feedback from ‘ABC’ and ‘BlahBlah Koala’ – Messenger.msi file from works.