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What is winload.exe?

Part of OS Loader by Microsoft

(winload.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How is winload.exe loaded?

Scheduled task - winload.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Event Viewer Tasks\Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance_Operational'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the winload.exe file.Of the 0.1% of winload.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: winload.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: OS Loader
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850)
Product version: 6.1.7601.17514
Size: 496.98 KB
Original file name: osloader.exe
Windows file protection: Yes

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 12/7/2009
Expiration date: 3/7/2011

Scheduled task details

Name: \Event Viewer Tasks\Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance_Operational

Image hashes

MD5: e1068d2d6d4d3465e7c0cb4b2f08f9f5
SHA-1: 9bbf91a3028052ace1fd6e65e3b15aca7e144fc2
SHA-256: 1a516bc932b16ae132cc8a59791abd28b3b343f94b522e2491409dc689c4c8d4

PE image details

File packed: No
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