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What is *.ini files ? how can i create it ? what is the use of it ?

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.INI files are plain-text files that contain configuration information. These files are used by Windows and Windows-based applications to save information about your preferences and operating environment. "INI" stands for initialization.
Format of .INI Files.INI files contain one or more sections. Each section begins with a section name, which is followed by zero or more entries. An entry associates a keyname with a value. The general format is:

[section]
keyname=value

Comments can also be included in the file by prefacing the comment with a semicolon (;).

Windows and Windows for Workgroups use several standard .INI files for storing configuration information. These files are WIN.INI, SYSTEM.INI, PROTOCOL.INI, PROGMAN.INI, CONTROL.INI, WINFILE.INI, MSMAIL.INI, SHARED.INI, and SCHDPLUS.INI. Windows-based programs may also add sections and entries to WIN.INI, and they may add .INI files in the Windows directory.

Editing .INI FilesBecause .INI files use only plain text, they can be edited using any text editor or word processor. .INI Master also has a built-in text editor for making corrections in the .INI files you are diagnosing.

To create a custom Setup.ini file:

  1. Start the Setup INI Customization Wizard.
  2. Type the path to your Office XP administrative installation point, and then click Next. The wizard searches the specified network share for a Setup.ini file.
  3. From the administrative installation point, select an INI file on which to base your custom INI file. Or, click Browse to go to a different location and select a file. Click Next.
  4. Under Logging, select a logging mode, and then type a name for the log file or template. Click Default to use the logging mode that is specified in the INI file. Click Verbose to use all logging options. Note that verbose logging creates very large log files.
  5. Under Display, select a default display setting, and then click Next. The wizard searches the administrative installation point for additional packages (MSI files) that you can chain to the Office installation.
  6. Select the check boxes next to the packages that you want to include in your custom INI file, add packages or programs (EXE files) that are stored in another location, and then click Next.
  7. Use the arrow keys to determine the order in which you want Setup.exe to install the chained packages. The System Files Update package is always installed first (if required), followed by the Office XP package. You can change the order in which subsequent chained packages are installed.
  8. Select each package, specify the options that you want for that package, and then click Next. For each package, you can specify an MST file and a unique display setting, as well as additional property values.
  9. To add additional property-value pairs to your custom INI file, select a package, click Advanced Properties, type the properties and values that you want, and then click Next. The wizard displays a summary of the changes to save in the custom INI file.
  10. Click Save As, and then type a name and path for your INI file. The wizard supplies a sample Setup command line that specifies your custom INI file with the /settings option.
  11. Click Finish to quit the wizard.

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The INI file format is a de facto standard for configuration files. INI files are simple text files with a basic structure. They are commonly associated with Microsoft Windows, but are also used on other platforms. The use of the "INI file" has been deprecated in Windows and corresponding data should be placed in the registry. The name "INI file" comes from the filename extension usually used, ".INI", that stands for "initialization". Sometimes, files using the INI file format will use a different extension, such as ".CFG", ".conf", or ".TXT".

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*.INI files are windows initialization/configuration files. I strongly advice you not to attempt to modify them or you will run into serious errors. The can be viewed/modified in notepad. To create a an INI file, create a text file and change the extension to INI.

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