Open EXE File
EXE file extension is most commonly associated with an executable file which is usually found on the Windows platform. EXE files may also be found on DOS or OS/2 operating systems, or on Windows emulators on Mac or Linux.
The majority of EXE files are linked to applications or installation routines. Desktop icons and Start Menu items in Windows point to EXE files which launch the desired application, whereas setup EXE files will launch an installer for a given piece of software. It is also possible to create self extracting archives using Zip software which also have the EXE file extension. When run, the archive will self-extract, meaning that the client machine does not need unzipping software to open the file. These are often used to distribute files over the Internet as they offer wider compatibility.
It is impossible to tell the contents of an executable file without running it, though the filename and its location will often give an indication as to what it will run. Application EXE files will typically have the same name as the application that they launch, and installation routines are usually called setup or install.
Since EXE files are executable files are executable they run immediately once you open EXE file. Though the majority of EXE files are applications, installation routines or self extracting archives, they can also be used to run malicious software containing viruses or spyware. Therefore, EXE files from unknown sources should be avoided or at minimum virus-checked prior to execution minimize the risk of unintentionally running or installing malware.
You can open EXE files natively on Windows by double clicking the filename. Though EXE files are not natively supported by Mac or UNIX-based operating systems, they can be run using WIndows emulation software such as Parallels Desktop with Windows installed on a Mac, or using Wine or Cedega on Linux.
Open EXE File on Windows Operating System
- Find a EXE file in question in Windows OS File Explorer and double click on it to launch the correpsonding application.
- If a EXE file is not opened in an application and you instead get a "Windows can't open a file" error message you should try looking for an application which can open the file in question.
- If you know the application which can open EXE file then run it and see if there is a File->Open main menu option in the application.
- If you don't know the application which can open EXE file then try to search for "EXE wiki", "application to open EXE file" or "open EXE file" queries in the search engine you like.
- Install the application you found and check if it can open EXE file
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