Windows Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 5.62, by Dr. Herong Yang
Managing System Startup File - WIN.INI
This section describes the system startup file, WIN.INI, and how to change it with the system configuration tool 'msconfig.exe'.
Similar to SYSTEM.INI, WIN.INI was another system startup file that was used in versions of the Microsoft Windows operating environment up to Windows 3.11 to store basic settings at boot time. Many of these settings were honored in Windows 9x, although the files had begun to be phased out in favor of the Windows registry. Windows XP still acknowledges some entries in the WIN.INI file, to provide backwards compatibility with older 16-bit applications.
WIN.INI file is located in the C:\SYSTEMS directory. Here is the content of WIN.INI on my Windows XP system:
C:\herong\type C:\windows\win.ini ; for 16-bit app support [fonts] [extensions] [mci extensions] [files] [Mail] MAPI=1 CMC=1 CMCDLLNAME32=mapi32.dll CMCDLLNAME=mapi.dll MAPIX=1 MAPIXVER=220.127.116.11 OLEMessaging=1 [MCI Extensions.BAK] aif=MPEGVideo aifc=MPEGVideo aiff=MPEGVideo asf=MPEGVideo asx=MPEGVideo au=MPEGVideo m1v=MPEGVideo m3u=MPEGVideo mp2=MPEGVideo mp2v=MPEGVideo mp3=MPEGVideo mpa=MPEGVideo mpe=MPEGVideo mpeg=MPEGVideo mpg=MPEGVideo mpv2=MPEGVideo snd=MPEGVideo wax=MPEGVideo wm=MPEGVideo wma=MPEGVideo wmv=MPEGVideo wmx=MPEGVideo wpl=MPEGVideo wvx=MPEGVideo [SciCalc] layout=0 ...
If you run "msconfig.exe" and click the WIN.INI tab, you will see that all settings
in win.ini are presented with checkboxes for you to turn on or off:
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