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%

Relationships

Child processes
Related files

wininit.exe

Windows Start-Up Application by Microsoft

Remove wininit.exe
Version:   6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423)
MD5:   f533479646437baa9e0cf00d4363d7ba
SHA1:   2ad11167d8c47dcf574caabec19217ae727c442c
SHA256:   5f644b098e892063843fc6bd9a39ef6e5edd38dbabfdfecd908e89c5286ee3a6
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.

Overview

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.

DetailsDetails

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:100 KB (102,400 bytes)
Digital DNA
Entropy:6.266439
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
.NET CLR:No
More details

BehaviorsBehaviors

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)
Averages
 
CPU
Total CPU:0.00067912%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.00060645%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00007268%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:1,326,071 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
CPU cycles:5,992/sec
17,470,203/sec
Memory
Private memory:892 KB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):3.59 MB
Private (minimum):1.42 MB
Non-paged memory:892 KB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:43.53 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):55.71 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:1.45 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):3.6 MB
37.95 MB
Page faults:2,821/min
2,039/min
I/O
I/O read transfer:11 Bytes/sec
1.02 MB/min
I/O read operations:1/sec
343/min
I/O other transfer:9 Bytes/sec
448.09 KB/min
I/O other operations:2/sec
1,671/min
Resource allocations
Threads:2
12
Handles:108
600

BehaviorsProcess properties

Integrety level:System
Platform:32-bit
Command line:wininit.exe
Owner:SYSTEM

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%
GIGABYTE 1.98%
Samsung 1.58%
Alienware 1.19%
Medion 0.79%
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