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Definition: Winload.exe (Windows Boot Loader) is a small piece of software, called a system loader, that's started by BOOTMGR, the boot manager used in Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista operating systems.

The job of winload.exe is to load ntoskrnl.exe, a core part of Windows.

Winload.exe was first introduced with Windows Vista. In older versions of Windows, like Windows XP, the loading of ntoskrnl.exe is done by NTLDR, which also serves as the boot manager.

Also Known As: Windows Boot Loader
"I received an error about a missing winload.exe file. After some investigating, I realized that my only option was to reinstall Windows. Bummer!"

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