First -- back to jeanrosenfeld:
OK -- since I retired, I haven't kept up with the various ways of manipulating the registry, so your remarks make sense. But all my registry entries correspond to yours.
The MsiInstaller "resiliency" problem (with warnings 1001 and 1004) seems to be common to other softwares. Even some Microsoft products -- like Office and SQL Server -- show questions about the resiliency at forums like MSDN. MS shows fixes for their products; other people show the warnings for installations of Intuit Quickbooks, and there are additional instances in web-forums with people puzzled about the resiliency problem.
Roxio just "closed" the web-ticket related to that problem without response. Maybe -- they're "working on it" and haven't anything to say yet. Maybe -- it requires some effort from the Microsoft end. All I know is that for four (4) legitimate licenses to EMC9 purchased within my family, I've installed two of them -- each for my brother and sister-in-law respectively -- and despite the other clunky difficulties shown by registries on their systems, the EMC9 installations are "clean" (and without the MsiInstaller warning-pairs.) Other "Windows Help" web-sites suggest these warning-pairs in the App Viewer MAY be successfully resolved by the user, but that they also MAY (equally) require work on the software developer's end -- leaving the user helpless.
In my case, all the software seems to work fine. I've had a couple crashes ("application hang(s)") with VideoWave 9, but nothing consistent enough to troubleshoot or warrant intensive investigation. The program seems to work just fine with MPEG capture files on a disk that has been de-fragged thoroughly. And I have to say that the "hourglass" delays with the program are not nearly as annoying now as were earlier versions, or buggy alternatives like Pinnacle Studio. I've edited some "Intro-Trailers," and menus with MyDVD, and trimmed a two-hour MPEG without forcing the audio and video to go out of sync. I've burned several discs successfully.
But after any given session, when I look in Event Viewer App-Log, there is a trail of yellow icons and warnings -- 1001, 1004, 1001, 1004 etc. etc. etc.
All I can say here -- your installation may have some glitches that are unrelated to each other. It could be that the problem we share is one problem, and your difficulties with Cineplayer and Media Experience derive from something wrong with your codec or encoder installations. There seems to be plenty of info in this forum about troubles with drivers and codecs, so I'd direct you to delve into those posts.
You didn't say what other hardware you're using. I'm just shooting in the dark here. I'd only guess that some other component didn't install or install properly. So the best comfort I can give is to suggest that -- IF this is your first installation attempt -- go through the uninstall procedure, get the MsiInstaller Cleanup tool, remove the hard-disk folders related to roxio, run a registry cleanup tool (I forgot the name of it, but there is a "freebie" out there that is supposed to be good) -- and then after the successive reboots, reinstall.
For me -- I'm darn sick and tired of uninstalling and reinstalling to get rid of what may be benign warnings in the Event Viewer -- so I'm "livin' with it."
And -- here's some heretical thinking that will not provoke great appreciation from Roxio's corporate hallways. I'm looking at alternatives from InterVideo and ULead. In fact -- I will download the trial software tonight. PC Magazine gave Editor's Choice to ULead's VideoStudio 10 last summer. And InterVideo has some reasonably priced software that covers other features of Roxio's suite.
Looking back over decades, I see that "software" has always been a "leak in my wallet." I'm a lot more careful now, but "STUF" happens. It's part of the consumer's "stations of the Cross."