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What does wininit.exe do?
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If a program - usually an installation program - needs to move or rename files currently in use then it can write a file WININIT.INI with the required operations. When Windows restarts WININIT.EXE will process this file and then rename WININIT.INI to WININIT.BAK.

Note that if WININIT.EXE is missing then Windows will go straight to the shutdown screen.

More detailed info in Q140570 on Technet.
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