Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: wmpnscfg.exe preventing internet access

17 Jul 2017   #1

Windows 7 Professional
wmpnscfg.exe preventing internet access


Not asking a question, just putting this out there - my problem and how I solved it.

I merged two networks last week due to some pc's having different network numbers allocated. That solved some problems I was having but then threw up another issue on the pc where I merged the networks. All the other pc's worked fine with no issues.

Every day I had to close down about 6 or 7 windows that popped up, all showing an abbreviated file location which ended with the file name wmpnscfg.exe. The windows all had black backgrounds like the Command Prompt. If I didn't close them down, the pc ran very slowly. Even after closing them down I had great trouble connecting to the internet. When trying to connect to a website a message came up at the bottom of the browser saying "Performing TLS handshake with www..." Eventually it would connect, but sometimes it wouldn't.

A bit of googling brought up that wmpnscfg.exe is related to Windows Media Player. When I tried opening it up, it immediately shut the program down telling me that "A problem had occurred, Windows Media Player will have to close..." or words to that effect. I unsuccessfully tried to find a way to reinstall it, and decided that I could easily manage without it. I then found out that you can't uninstall it.

A bit more googling told me that in control panel you can turn Windows features on and off. So I followed the steps to turn Windows Media Player off, which also involves turning Windows Media Centre off.

Hey presto, no more extra windows popping up, faster computer, full internet access, (most) network issues resolved.

Hope this helps someone else out there if the same occurs.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 wmpnscfg.exe preventing internet access

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to Override Group Policy Preventing Access to USB Ports
Hello: Once a month, I backup my laptop's files to an external hard drive. But, about three months ago, my company enabled Group Policy to where none of us employees are able to plug external hard drives into our USB ports. Is there a way of overriding this policy? If not, is there a way...
Hardware & Devices
Troubles with Permissions Changes Preventing access to anything.
I told my aunt that I could fix her dell computer windows 7 x 64sp1 went to see it the thing was unusable Activate Ultimate Protection popups now way to download or save anything no way to back anything up. I had an AVG rescue ROM and it found nothing so I loaded up the thing and took it home...
System Security
preventing access to drive
Hi I want to stop my son accessing one of my drives on my pc which is always on because I use it for recording my cctv system. I don't want him to access my drives whilst its on how do I stop this as administrator?
System Security
IE9 preventing access to web pages
IE9 won't let me in to the web control panel I use for web sites I run. I have uninstalled IE9 several times so I can work properly with IE8, but unfortunately it insists on re-installing as a 'critical update' every time I turn my computer on. 2 points - 1 - how can I stop IE9 downloading until...
Browsers & Mail
Preventing Access TO Unsecured Wireless Networks
Hi all, Nutshell version: Anybody know of any 3rd party software available that would make it impossible for the legal minors occasionally in my care to tap into my neighbours' unsecured wireless networks, either purposely or accidentally? Thanks in advance for any and all practical...
Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:16.
Twitter Facebook Google+