it's always been like that, it's never been unchecked and I never got the installer:
I changed the zero byte file to a folder and all that pops up at startup now is another explorer window open to that location at:
-> C:\Program Files\Sonic\Media Experience\DMXLauncher.exe\
the file has been blank for a long time
and a 0 byte empty file can't run, there's nothing in it,
it hasn't appeared in the running processes list of task manager since I flattened the file and removed the copy from prefetch.
it's the installer I need to find, but I don't have a chance to see what the name of the installer file is called because I'm to busy repeatedly pounding out the cancel button on each of the for or five installer dialogs that pops up when the retarded thing starts up
DMXLauncher.exe isn't the installer
from what I can tell it's just there to manage / launch etc. media files for media experience once it's setup
but I don't want it setup I don't need some program snooping my files
why would it all of a sudden change and decide that it needs to be setup?
I unchecked the box & it makes no difference, the installer still starts after I open EMC
Oh well back to do another restore from image, maybe I should go back further and see
the only other thing I can think of is that I had to replace a CD drive, I installed an el-cheapo $20.95 "special",
could that have triggered this into thinking that it's just been installed?
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it's gone now (for how long though?)
I removed the entire Roxio folder from .\Program Files
ran a repair install removing everything I'm not going to use
"This feature ... will not be available"
and the Media Experience folder didn't re-appear
and so far, it hasn't reared it's ugly head.