Fix: WMPLOC.DLL has a version error

Windows has its own media player that plays media file quite nicely. This media player supports a number of famous video and audio formats. Some people have faced an issue while trying to open Windows Media Player in Windows 8.1 displaying an error that the file wmploc.dll has a version number of 12.0.9600.xxxxx where 12.0.9600.yyyyy was expected and windows media player was not installed properly and must be reinstalled.

The version number can be different based on media player version.

This error is associated with the wmploc.dll. So, this can be fixed using the methods below.

Reasons Behind the file wmploc.dll has a version number error

The conflict between different versions of wmploc.dll file is the reason behind this error. The wmploc.dll file is affiliated with the operations of Windows Media Player. This file can also corrupt other files causing the whole program to demolish. So, you can follow along in order to fix this error resulting in windows media player to stop working.

Solutions to Fix wmploc.dll has a version number error

A number of possible solutions can be used to fix this error message. Follow the methods below.

Method # 1: Syncing the Version Numbers Using Command Prompt

This issue with wmploc.dll file can be resolved by synchronizing the Windows media player version number with the Windows Registry.

1. Open the Command Prompt by right clicking over the start menu icon and selecting the Command prompt (Admin) from the list.

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2. Type the following line of codes one by one followed by the Enter key after each line of code.

unregmp2.exe /updatewmpversion

regsvr32 wmp.dll

Note: Type both lines of code separately followed by the Enter key after each line.

It would display a pop-up message showing that the process has been successful. Press OK and check Windows Media Player.

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Method # 2: Turning Windows Features On and Off

You can try this if the above mentioned method doesn’t resolve your issue.

1. Go to Control Panel right clicking over the start menu icon and selecting Control panel from the list. You can also get to control panel by searching for it.

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2. Find Programs and Features inside control panel and click over it. If you can’t find it, change the view of control panel to Small icons which is located at the top right of control panel.

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3. Inside Programs and Features, click on Turn Windows features on or off and expand the Media Features by clicking on the plus sign.

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4. Uncheck the Windows Media Player checkbox and press OK Restart your PC.

5. After restarting the PC, navigate to Windows Features again by following the steps listed above and check the box of Windows Media Player inside of Media Features. Press OK and restart the PC again. Open the Windows Media Player and check if it works.

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