"WMI is the Microsoft implementation of Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), an industry initiative to develop a standard technology for accessing management information in an enterprise environment. The purpose of this initiative is to help companies lower their total cost of ownership by enabling powerful enterprise class management of systems, programs and devices."More info.It is an option in the Windows 98 installation, but is not included by default in either typical, portable or compact installations. This means that you must have selected it in a custom installation or added it to Windows 98 after the installation. I don't think DX8 uses it, but it is possible. I wouldn't worry about it, unless it is causing problems, in which case it can be removed by going to Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, select the Windows Setup tab and uncheck it from the Internet category.Windows Management Interface (WMI)Web Based Client Management technologies and tools for administering PCs via HTTP. Unless you remotely administer PC Servers and Clients, or your PC is remotely administered via HTTP or a web based interface you may safely remove WMI. Dependencies: WBEM, ZAK and other HTTP PC administrative tools.Warning for NOT removing WMI from Windows MEProblems have been experienced in the past with Windows ME clients where the resources on the machine were down to 3 or 4% free. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL revealed that WINMGMT was always at or near the top of the heap. As soon as the "End Task" button was used to kill the WINMGMT task, resources on the client immediately shot back up to the 70% range.Microsoft were unable to explain this behavior even after proposing a 30 day test which involved removing a different task each day and then seeing what happened. In an effort to resolve these problems the "Script to Remove WBEM from Windows 9x/NT Computers" was downloaded from SWYNK and run.
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