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So first, does it support COM (Component Object Model), meaning it also emulates registry?

Second, does it support manifest files (assuming, they specify which files have what COM classes)?

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Yes, Wine supports COM (and DCOM). There’s a detailed page on COM on the Wine wiki. The registry is stored in .reg files inside each Wine prefix (system.reg, user.reg, userdef.reg); see the registry section in the Wine manual for details.

Wine also supports manifest files; I couldn’t find any relevant documentation, but you can see the implementation in ntdll/actctx.c.

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