In 16-bit applications, developers used to keep track of application-specific options by using INI (*.ini) files, also known as profiles. These files were set up in a way that you could specify sections and items with values assigned so that you could read from within your application to perform tasks or customize your application. Applications such as Access 2.0 would use one of these files to specify:
The workgroup file (System.mdb) to be used
ISAM driver options
Jet locking options
Other system defaults
When switching over to 32-bit, using NT and Windows 95/98, applications changed to using the Windows Registry.
You can still use *.ini files with 32-bit apps—it's just not standard. This way, ...