Open exe file

exe file icon Did your computer fail to open exe file? We explain what exe files are and recommend software that we know can open your exe files.

What is exe file?

An exe file extension is traditionally used for main executable files since the times of MS-DOS. It was adopted for executables in Windows as well. Executables are files that launch programs.

exe file description

The exe file extension is traditionally used for program executable file since the time of first DOS. There are several versions of this file format, but all serve the same purpose - to start a program.

EXE format was, and still is utilized in many operating system, including MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2, OpenVMS and others. These files can be found in 16-bit, 32-bit as well as 64-bit versions.

Pretty much every program has one or more executables to start it, as such it is probably one of the most used file formats.

In addition to executable code, .exe files can also contain various other data, such as program icons. For example self-extracting archives (such as RAR), use exe file extension for the first part, because it also contains the executable code.

Warning: Executables are also used to spread trojans and other malicious programs. Always be careful when opening unknown exe file as this can infect or alter the settings of your system.

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Software that will open exe file

Microsoft Windows

A series of operating systems produced by Microsoft

Microsoft Visual Studio

IDE for creating programs, or websites and web applications

Other exe file extensions

exe - Self-extracting compressed file archive

Files with exe file extension can also be found as special self-extracting compress archives. They are basically archives with a small executable program added so the end-user does not require any software to decompress it. Can be password protected.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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