Should I block it?

No, this file is 100% safe to run.

VersionsAdditional versions

6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 4.55%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.10%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.24%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.05%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 2.47%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 14.12%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.10%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.10%
6.2.8250.0 (winmain_win8beta.120217-1520) 0.05%
6.2.8102.0 (winmain_win8m3.110823-1455) 0.10%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 24.90%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 44.10%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 7.21%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 1.50%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.39%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.05%


Child processes
Related files


Windows Start-Up Application by Microsoft

Remove wininit.exe
Version:   6.2.8250.0 (winmain_win8beta.120217-1520)
MD5:   ad618be35fe7475f8a335bf59c674002
SHA1:   82efd39519604c346799ceb1abba5237535c1ae7
SHA256:   6850ec21e47a09a8bb762e91332220b577c99f83be60f1fd16f0a59b7f0531e9
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.

What is wininit.exe?

The Wininit file is an .ini file that lists all of the changes to be made to Windows when you restart the computer after installing a program. The Wininit.exe file is the program file that starts the .ini file. It can be run only when the computer restarts so that the changes can be made while Windows is not running.


wininit.exe executes as a process under the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges (the system and the administrator accounts have the same file privileges). It has been configured with a firewall exception which allows both inbound and outbound network communication without being blocked. This version is installed on Windows 8 and is compiled as a 32 bit program.


File name:wininit.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Windows Start-Up Application
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Windows\System32\wininit.exe
Original name:WinInit.exe.mui
File version:6.2.8250.0 (winmain_win8beta.120217-1520)
Product version:6.2.8250.0
Size:99 KB (101,376 bytes)
Digital DNA
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
More details


Windows firewall allowed program
Exceptions allow programs to access to the Internet through an outbound connections
  • Firewall exception for 'C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe'

ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Total CPU:0.00105436%
Kernel CPU:0.00062988%
User CPU:0.00042448%
Kernel CPU time:47 ms/min
Private memory:632 KB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):2.95 MB
Private (minimum):2.72 MB
Non-paged memory:632 KB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:31.86 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):57.6 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:2.73 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):2.95 MB
37.95 MB
Resource allocations

BehaviorsProcess properties

Integrety level:System
Command line:wininit.exe

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.00%
Windows 8.1 17.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.50%
Windows 7 Professional 6.00%
Windows 8.1 Single Language 4.50%
Windows 8 3.50%
Windows 8 Single Language 3.00%
Windows 8 Pro 3.00%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2.00%
Windows 8 Enterprise N 1.00%
Windows 8.1 N 0.50%
Windows Seven Black Edition 0.50%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation 0.50%
Windows Vista Home Premium 0.50%
Windows 8 Enterprise 0.50%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 44.72% of Windows Start-Up Application.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 18.97%
ASUS 18.18%
Hewlett-Packard 17.79%
Acer 14.23%
Toshiba 10.28%
Lenovo 8.70%
Sony 3.95%
Intel 2.37%
Samsung 1.58%
Alienware 1.19%
Medion 0.79%
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