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Global Rank #2,746
United States Rank #2,251
Reach 0.2203%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.16 days
535.85 days >
Average installed length: 281.55 days


5.26 71.76%
5.00 28.24%

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Creative MediaSource 5

What is Creative MediaSource 5?  (from Creative Technology Ltd)

Creative MediaSourceā„¢ 5 Player/Organizer enables you to manage your entire digital music collection on both your computer and your Creative portable music player effortlessly. Improves the process of transferring music tracks into Creative portable music players. Adds an interactive Home page from which you can access...  Read more


Creative MediaSource 5 is a software program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. The most common release is 5.26, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 primary executable is named CTEPImpu.exe. The setup package generally installs about 107 files and is usually about 23.4 MB (24,537,368 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 57% of users of Creative MediaSource 5 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Help link: www.creative.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource5
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{B
Estimated size: 23.4 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Creative MediaSource 5

Program executable:CTEPImpu.exe
Name:Creative MediaSource
Creative External Playlist Import Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource5\CTEPImpu.exe
Additional files:
  • CTQSWizu.exe - Creative MediaSource QuickStart Wizard
  • MFInfou.dll - Creative Media File Information Module (DLL to get media file information)
  • RecEnumu.dll - Recording Device Enumeration Component
  • CTCDCovU.exe - Creative MediaSource Print CD Cover
  • CTSUSDKu.dll - Creative Software AutoUpdate Plugin (CTSUSDK)
  • CTXMLPsu.dll - Creative Technology Ltd XML Parser (Creative XML Parser Engine File)
  • SknChsrU.dll - Skin Chooser Plug-in Property Page (Creative MediaSource Skin Chooser Plug-in)
  • startMSu.exe - Creative Technology Ltd. StartMS (StartMS)
  • CdrwUpdu.exe - Creative CD Burner Drive Update (CD Burner Drive Update)
  • CTDRMRes.dll - DLL do recurso Creative DRM UI
  • CTSPWizU.dll - Creative Smart Playlist Wizard
  • CTDetctu.exe - Creative MediaSource Detector
  • CTMetaDu.dll - CTMETADB Dynamic Link Library (CTMETADB DLL)
  • CTWMPEnu.dll - CTWMPEng Dynamic Link Library (CTWMPEng DLL)
  • AVConvU.dll - AVConvU Dynamic Link Library (Creative Audio Video Converter DLL)
  • CTDBEngu.dll - CTDBEng Dynamic Link Library (CTDBEng DLL)
  • CTLogDBu.dll - CTLogDB Dynamic Link Library (CTLogDB)
  • CTMALitU.exe - Creative Music Analyzer Lite
  • CTMEMDBu.dll - CTMEMDB Dynamic Link Library (CTMEMDB DLL)
  • CTNJBDBu.dll - CTNJBDB Dynamic Link Library (CTNJBDB DLL)
  • CTSUAppu.exe - Creative Software AutoUpdate (Creative Software AutoUpdate Manager)
  • FmtQuryu.dll - Creative Format Query Module
  • VDJPlayu.dll - Creative VDJ Playback System
  • CTImpt3u.exe - ImportSwordFish Application (Creative Import Wizard File)
  • HookWndU.dll - Creative Dialog Skin Engine
  • CTAudEp.dll - Audio Endpoint Selection
  • NmdPlayu.dll - Nomad Playback Component
  • CTAppAsc.dll - Application Association
  • CTMetAcu.dll - Creative Music Analyzer
  • CTMetAcu.exe
  • EffcMgru.dll - Creative Effect Manager
  • WndTrnsU.dll - WindowTransition Module (WindowTransition DLL)
  • CodcMgru.dll - Creative Codec Manager
  • CrBufEnu.dll - Circular Buffer Engine
  • MxLibu.dll - Creative Mixer Library
  • CTConvU.dll - Creative Convert Tool (Convert Tool)
  • CtrlSrcu.dll - Creative Theme Engine (Creative Theme Engine RTX Base Control DLL)
  • CTThemeu.dll - Creative Theme Engine DLL
  • PopUpMu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Popup Menu plug-in
  • ThmResu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Theme Resources DLL
  • WizCPLu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Wizard Control Panel Framework DLL
  • CTBrnW2A.dll - Creative MediaSource (Burn CD Wrapper)
  • CTCMSu.exe - Creative MediaSource 5 Player
  • CTEAXClu.dll - EAX Clone Module
  • CTEPImpu.exe - Creative External Playlist Import Application
  • CTImprtU.exe - Creative Import Application
  • CTMxEngu.dll - Creative MediaSource Mixer DLL
  • CTPlyQ2U.dll - Playback Queue Module
  • CTPlyQUU.dll
  • CTRecEgu.dll - Creative MediaSource Recording DLL
  • CTSevPru.dll - Creative MediaSource Service Process DLL
  • CTShHkU.dll - Creative MediaSource Multimedia Keyboard DLL
  • CTTrnQU.dll - Transfer Queue Module
  • CTTrnQUU.dll
  • CTVidWnu.dll - Creative MediaSource Video Window DLL
  • PlxLoadu.dll - Creative Plex Loader
  • CTAboutu.dll - Creative About Box
  • RegPRS.exe - RegPRS Application
  • CTAudSeu.dll - CTAudSel library
  • MtdAcqIu.dll - Metadata monitor (Metadata monitor setting page)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • CTCMSu.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'CTPlayMusicFilesOnArrivalu' with the ProgID of 'CTAutoPLu.MusicFilesPlayer.1' and the action verb 'open.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • CTCMSu.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FB691962-AD72-4007-945D-AD5D9808EEB0}' (runs on registration).
  • AudCvtu.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F0701244-1467-4BE5-8574-45C2156B6D01}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • CTDetctu.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Creative Detector U' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource5\CTDetctu.exe" /R.
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • CMSRegOu.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'CMSRegOu' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource5\CMSRegOu.exe" /r.

How do I remove Creative MediaSource 5?

You can uninstall Creative MediaSource 5 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 5, 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 5.

Win 7 (SP1) 76%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 80.29%
Windows 10 8.01%
Windows XP 6.28%
Windows Vista 5.32%
Windows Server 2003 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.32%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.36%
Windows 7 Professional 17.29%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.29%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.88%
Windows 10 Home 2.61%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.49% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.49%
  Germany 8.79%
  United Kingdom 5.87%
  Canada 3.92%
  France 2.76%
  Australia 2.16%
  Netherlands 2.08%
  Italy 1.57%
  Japan 1.07%
  Belgium 0.84%
  Poland 0.84%
  Sweden 0.83%
  Spain 0.74%
  Finland 0.63%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 37.72%
ASUS 25.13%
Hewlett-Packard 6.38%
Intel 5.65%
Acer 4.87%
American Megatrends 1.90%
Alienware 1.34%
Sahara 0.43%
Common models
ASUSTeK G73Jh 19.60%
Dell XPS 8300 7.34%
ASUSTek G60JX 7.02%
Dell Studio XPS 435T/9000 4.66%
ASUSTeK G72GX 3.64%
ASUS All Series 2.81%

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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