Should I block it?

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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:   6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423)
MD5:   af04db3505b6316458381c1bbcf34d2e
SHA1:   257d7a392edad7442f5e2f82967c3312bfb1389f
SHA256:   33415852b3fd7ae56a99dd03184bed10cc723d0ab87a7c322b8dfce46b788b88
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 with the local user's 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 64 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:6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423)
Product version:6.2.8400.0
Size:131 KB (134,144 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:0.00057444%
Kernel CPU:0.00057444%
Kernel CPU time:1,872,059 ms/min
Private memory:848 KB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):3.39 MB
Private (minimum):3.38 MB
Non-paged memory:848 KB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:44.24 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):47.04 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:3.38 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):3.46 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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