rbmoving has sent me a private message to continue the discussion. I have told him that we need to continue the discussion here rather than by private message, so that others with a similar problem might benefit from the replies here, or indeed others may have other solutions. His message was as follows:
Your response is appreciated.... I did not clearly present my question.
In a previous response in this Thread I asked if the 2 SmartSound Softwares that were in my P&F were installed by the VS Trial software I installed on my PC. You confirmed this was so and that I could delete both...and when I install my Store purchased VS these 2 SmartSound Softwares would be installed again.
After I read your response I noticed that Windows Media Encoder Series 9 was also in P&F, it showed an Install date the same as VS.....therefore it also must have been installed by the VS Trial Install...which I assume is correct?
My objective is to completely remove every thing installed by the VS trial....and do a totally clean Install with my Store purchased copy of VS. So my question, I can delete the currently installed Windows Media Encoder Series 9......and when I Install the Store Purchased copy of VS...Windows Media Encoder Series will be installed so If needed I will have it to use in the future......
I have to confess that I don't know if Windows Media Encoder Series 9 is installed now as part of VS X5. Certainly it was not installed with previous versions as we had, numerous times, to suggest that users having trouble encoding high quality .wmv files should install Series 9. But on checking my own programs on this otherwise new computer, I find that I also have Series 9 installed. However, to further complicate matters, unlike rbmoving, my Series 9 shows as having been installed the day *before* I installed X5 (which moreover is the only video editing program on this computer). So it is possible that it could also have been installed in some other Windows-related update. Series 9 was in fact installed on the day I bought this computer, and so could have come as part of a variety of other updates I did once I had first booted the computer. But if anyone else could check the dates of their install of X5 and Series 9, it would be appreciated!
But my earlier point still holds: Series 9 is not an integral or even essential part of Video Studio, but could become necessary if you want high quality choices for encoding .wmv video. If you do uninstall it -- and there is absolutely no reason to do so -- and find that it is not reinstalled when you reinstall X5, it would be easy enough to find Series 9 on the Microsoft website and install it manually if you wish...