The Windows User Mode Driver Framework service (Wdfmgr.exe) appears in Windows Task Manager after you install Windows Media Player 10


Symptoms


After you install Microsoft Windows Media Player 10, a new process appears in Windows Task Manager. This process is named the Windows User Mode Driver Framework service (Wdfmgr.exe). The Startup type setting for this process is Automatic.

Note The Windows User Mode Driver Framework service is a driver component that is used by Windows Media Player 10. The Windows User Mode Driver Framework service supports synchronization of content with hardware players. For example, an MP3 device is a hardware player.

Cause


This issue occurs because the Windows User Mode Driver Framework service is installed when you install Windows Media Player 10. By default, the Windows User Mode Driver Framework service Startup type setting is Automatic.

Resolution


To resolve this issue, set the Windows User Mode Driver Framework service Startup type setting either to Disabled or to Manual. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type services.msc in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. In the list of services, right-click Windows User Mode Driver Framework, and then click
    Properties.
  3. Click the General tab.
  4. In the Startup type box, click
    Disabled or Manual, and then click
    OK.
  5. On the File menu, click
    Exit.

More Information


If you do not have a hardware player, you can set the Windows User Mode Driver Framework service Startup type setting either to
Disabled or to Manual. Later, if you obtain a hardware player and if you want to synchronize it with Windows Media Player 10, you can enable the Windows User Mode Driver Framework service by changing the Startup type setting back to
Automatic.