Windows Error: “The program can’t start because WMVCORE.DLL is missing from your computer” in Windows Server 2008″

Windows Error: “The program can’t start because WMVCORE.DLL is missing from your computer” in Windows Server 2008″

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I recently received the below error when running Blue Iris CCTV software on Windows Server 2008.

The program can’t start because WMVCORE.DLL is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.


The error is caused by not having the Windows Media Player libraries installed. You can easily resolve the error by installing the Desktop Experience for Windows Server 2008 which includes Windows Media Player.

Click the start menu and start to type Turn Windows features on or off and click it when it appears in the menu.


Click Features and click Add Features. Find the Desktop Experience entry and tick the check box. Click Add Required Features in the new dialogue which pops up.


Click Next and then Install to install the required features. Click Close and then Yes to restart your computer and complete the installation.

When your computer restarts, click Close and Windows Media Player will now be available.




3-Jul-2014 at 4:52 pm

I was having this issue, but with Server 2012. I know this article is for 2008, but it came up in the search results and maybe this will help someone else.

I was trying to run BlueIris under Server 2012, and getting this exact error on a clean install. I added the feature ‘media foundation’ and that solved my issue.


    3-Jul-2014 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks for the comment :)


      14-Sep-2014 at 2:40 am

      Thanks Man, I had the exact same issue.

javad tamehri

27-Nov-2014 at 2:31 pm

thank you very much

Chuck Smai

12-Oct-2016 at 5:54 pm

Thanks for the article! Saved me some time.


25-Mar-2017 at 9:25 pm

To the point and easy to follow. Thanks!

Rosie Page

12-Feb-2019 at 2:43 am

This error is very much common in Windows 7 and I have faced this issue for a few times and this error is mainly categorized under the Windows update error code 8007000e and it can easily be solved by just updating the Windows properly.


24-Mar-2019 at 5:43 pm

brilliant, thanks

Rosie Page

10-Jun-2019 at 5:29 am

Usually, when the Windows error occurs, you can’t start the system easily, You can’t do anything over the system. You have to first solve the error and then only you can start it. So, I will suggest you consult with epson error code 0xf3 to get the solutions to fix the error.


30-Jun-2019 at 9:41 am

Thank you very much Jason! You’re a life saver. Had the same issue with Blue Iris and the media foundation trick resolved the issue.

Maldito Nerd

14-Aug-2019 at 9:29 pm

Another Windows Server 2008 user here. +1


4-Aug-2020 at 4:56 am

When I wanted to cctv installation in my system at that time faced the same windows error. I could not understand that how can I remove the error. Then I changed the OS but same problem.


21-Feb-2022 at 12:44 am

Thanks for posting this, very helpful.

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