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9% remove it91% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,704
United States Rank #5,397
Reach 0.0651%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.99 days
501.19 days >
Average installed length: 263.34 days


3.00 48.75%
2.00 2.49%

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Creative MediaSource

What is Creative MediaSource?  (from Creative Technology Ltd)

Creative MediaSource Player/Organizer enables you to manage your entire digital music collection on both your computer and your Creative portable music player effortlessly.


Creative MediaSource is a program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. The most used version is 3.00, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is CTCMS.exe. The software installer includes 45 files and is usually about 9.91 MB (10,388,068 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 58% of users of Creative MediaSource come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Help link: www.creative.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{2
Estimated size: 9.91 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Creative MediaSource

Program executable:CTCMS.exe
Name:Creative MediaSource
Creative MediaSource Player
Path:C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\CTCMS.exe
Additional files:
  • MFInfou.dll - Creative Media File Information Module (DLL to get media file information)
  • SkinChsr.dll - Skin Chooser Plug-in Property Page (Creative MediaSource 2 Skin Chooser Plug-in)
  • CTMigMgr.dll - CTMigMgr Dynamic Link Library (CTMigMgr DLL)
  • CTABase.dll - CTABase Dynamic Link Library (CTABase DLL)
  • CTECMig.dll - CTECMig Dynamic Link Library (CTECMig DLL)
  • CTMBase.dll - CTMBase Dynamic Link Library (CTMBase DLL)
  • CTImpt3u.exe - ImportSwordFish Application (Creative Import Wizard File)
  • HookWnd.dll - Creative Dialog Skin Engine
  • HookWndU.dll
  • CTCMS.exe - Creative MediaSource (Creative MediaSource Player)
  • CTEAXCln.dll - EAX Clone Module
  • CTMxEng.dll - Creative MediaSource Mixer DLL
  • CTPlayQU.dll - Playback Queue Module
  • CTRecEng.dll - Creative MediaSource Recording DLL
  • CTSevPro.dll - Creative MediaSource Service Process DLL
  • CTTranQU.dll - Transfer Queue Module
  • CTVidWnd.dll - Creative MediaSource Video Window DLL
  • CTAbout.dll - Creative About Box
  • CTAudSel.dll - CTAudSel library
  • CMSRegOW.exe - CMSRegOW
  • CTIntrfu.dll - CTIntrfc
  • CTRegSvu.exe - CTRegSvr
  • CTDetect.exe - Creative MediaSource Detector
  • CTCMSGo.exe - Creative MediaSource Go!
  • CTCMSGoU.exe
  • CtrlSrcu.dll - Creative Theme Engine (Creative Theme Engine RTX Base Control DLL)
  • CTThemeu.dll - Creative Theme Engine DLL
  • ThmResu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Theme Resources DLL
  • CTIntrfc.dll
  • CTIniFu.dll - CTIniF

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • CTCMS.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'CTPlayMusicFilesOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'CTAutoPL.MusicFilesPlayer.1' and the action verb 'open.
Scheduled Task
  • CTCMS.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{21372961-2843-4F66-9B8C-470AB3F0E435}' (runs on registration).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • CTDetect.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Creative Detector' and executes as C:\ProgramFiles\Program Files2\Creative\Media Source\Detector\CTDetect.exe /R.
  • CTCMSGo.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Creative MediaSource Go' and executes as "C:\ProgramFiles\Program Files2\Creative\Media Source\Go\CTCMSGo.exe" /SCB.

How do I remove Creative MediaSource?

You can uninstall Creative MediaSource from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Creative MediaSource, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Creative MediaSource.

Win XP 50%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 52.80%
Windows 7 32.94%
Windows 10 7.79%
Windows Vista 6.07%
Windows Server 2003 0.39%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 53.13%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.32%
Windows 7 Professional 7.14%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.06%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.15%
Windows 10 Home 2.54%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.89% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.89%
  United Kingdom 9.04%
  Germany 5.24%
  Canada 3.67%
  Italy 2.77%
  France 2.29%
  Netherlands 2.23%
  Sweden 1.87%
  Australia 1.45%
  Spain 1.14%
  Belgium 1.02%
  Greece 1.02%
  Norway 0.66%
  Japan 0.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 50.13%
American Megatrends 10.38%
Hewlett-Packard 9.36%
Intel 8.85%
Acer 4.36%
ASUS 3.21%
Toshiba 2.31%
Sahara 1.28%
Common models
Dell Dimension 8400 ... 11.22%
Dell Dell DXP051 7.40%
Dell Dell DM051 5.73%
Dell Computer Dimension 8... 4.77%
Dell Dimension 4700 ... 4.30%
Dell Dell DXP061 3.82%

About Creative Technology Ltd

Creative designs, manufactures and distributes digitized sound and video boards, computers and related multimedia, and personal digital entertainment products.
Publisher URL: us.creative.com


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