[WEBINAR] Bulletproof: How Today's Business Leaders Stay on Top


Definition - What does Win.ini mean?

The win.ini file is a type of initialization and configuration file in the Windows operating system that stores basic settings at the time of booting.

It is a file associated with legacy Windows OS—initiated in Windows 3.x and continuing up to Windows 9x, with some backward compatibility support in Windows XP.

Techopedia explains Win.ini

Win.ini was used to store and load some of the basic and core settings required at startup for a Windows machine. This typically included communication drivers, languages, fonts, screensavers, wallpapers, etc. Any settings made to such services were immediately saved on the win.ini file. When the computer was started/restarted, Windows loaded and extracted information for user-defined settings from the win.ini file.

Windows XP has some support for it, only to provide compatibility with applications that were built on the older 16-bit framework. Win.ini was phased out in favor of Windows Registry and was completely removed from Windows 7/8.
Share this:

Connect with us

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.