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.EXE File Extension

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File TypeWindows Executable File
DeveloperMicrosoft
Popularity
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Rare Uncommon Average Common Very Common
CategoryExecutable Files
File Format Description

Executable program file created for Windows, DOS, or ReactOS operating systems; runs when opened and should execute when double-clicked; can also be a self-extracting archive that extracts files to a specified location.

The files Setup.exe and Install.exe are common installer files included with Windows and DOS software. Double-clicking these files should begin the installation process.

EXE files will not run in Mac OS X, but can be run using emulation software, such as Parallels Desktop for Intel-based Macs. Darwine and Crossover can also open some Windows programs. Programs written for Microsoft's .NET framework can also be run on Mac OS X and Linux systems using Xamarin's Mono framework.

NOTE: You can examine the contents of an EXE file manually using 7-Zip.

Common EXE Filenames:

Setup.exe - A very common name for software program installers. When opened, it starts the installation process.

Install.exe - Another popular name for software installers.

cmd.exe - The shell program used by Windows 2000 and later, replacing the COMMAND.CMO shell.

Program(s) that open .EXE files
Updated 7/16/2014

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File TypePortableApps.com Application
DeveloperRare Ideas
Popularity
3.1 (33 Votes) Thanks for voting!
Rare Uncommon Average Common Very Common
CategoryExecutable Files
File Format Description

Computer program that can run from a portable device such as a USB flash drive, iPod, or portable hard drive; contains user settings on the portable device, allowing the program to run the same on multiple computers.

Portable apps use the compound file extension .PAF.EXE.

Program(s) that open .EXE files
Updated 6/17/2008