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What is winload.exe?


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Windows Process Description:

The program file winload.exe is a process from Microsoft Corporation. The winload.exe is a program that belongs to the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. The process winload.exe should always be enabled. The winload.exe is a program that is required for essential Microsoft applications to work properly. The winload.exe is a program that automatically optimizes the pc's memory. The process wnload.exe also optimizes the user's internet settings. The wnload.exe process has a spy ware counter part. The program file winload.exe is used by a spyware program, PC Tattletale.The only way to determine winload.exe is a parasite or a legitimate Windows process depends on the directory location it executes or runs from. The legitimate winload.exe extracts itself on this location: %System%/Winload.exe. The process winload.exe is the operating system boot loader for the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. The winload.exe is a process file that is invoked by the Windows Boot Manager in order to load the operating system kernel and boot-class device drivers. The file winload.exe in respect is functionally the equivalent to the operating system loader functionality of NTLDR in prior versions of Windows NT. The process winload.exe is executed automatically from a Run, Run Once, Run Services, or Run Services Once entry in the registry. The winload.exe is a program that does not manifest itself as a security risk.

The program file winload.exe was made by Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology corporation. It has approximately 79,000 employees. It has offices in 102 countries. Microsoft Corporation has a global annual revenue of US $51 billion as of 2007. Microsoft Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of electronic devices which range from the ever-popular personal computers, game console (xbox), mp3 players as well as software products ( Microsoft Windows operating systems). Microsoft Corporation's main Headquarters is located in Redmond, Washington, USA. Their best selling products are as follows: the Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Office and the XBOX line. Their products have top positions in the desktop computer market, demonstrated by their dominance displayed in the industry gathering market share estimates as high as 90% or more as of 2003 for Microsoft Office and 2006 for Microsoft Windows. This goes in line with Gates' vision "to get a workstation running our software onto every desk and eventually in every home".

Author: Microsoft Corporation.

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Part Of: Windows Vista Operating System

Memory Usage: Low, since the winload.exe process acts as a boot file of the program and thus uses around 600Kb of physical RAM and virtual memory resources when running.

System Process: Yes

Application: No

Background Process: Yes

Uses Network: No

Uses Internet: No

Hardware Related: No

Common Path: [% C:\C: \System \winload.exe %]

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