Great! I'm surrounded now by Recode supporters. I needed help with Recode not long ago. Now they all decided to show up to argue. Remember this isn't about what's better. It's about sharing information and experience in a positive way. The individual should pick what he or she thinks best suits him or her.
Please don't imply that I and others who have geniunely experienced difficulties with Recode as "user error." I have visited very knowledgeable forums like www.videohelp.com, www.doom9.org, www.cdrlabs.com, and www.cdfreaks.com. The people in such forums can't all be that dumb unless Recode like many other softwares do have bugs that still need to be worked out.
I convey only what I have experienced and nothing more. The individual has to make up their own mind on what is best for them. I have no loyalties to any one particular software. I pick and use what is best according to time and circumstance. I have both
Recode and Shrink as well as several others like AnyDVD, DVD Rebuilder, DVD Lab Pro, DVD-Fab Platinum, DVD-Remake, Sonic Studio Deluxe, IfoEdit, CloneDVD both Net and Slysoft, EasyDVD, DVD X Copy Express and Platinum, and many, many, many more installed.
Installing DirectX 9.0c isn't a big deal for most people. It takes less than 5 minutes.
However, if your current version of DirectX works, you shouldn't have to fix or improve it unless necessary. Why fix or improve something that is working fine?