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EXE file: How can I open a .EXE file?

The table below provides useful information about the .exe file extension. It answers questions such as:

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✅ Executable File

Executable File .exe file icon
The EXE file is an Executable File. EXE is the common filename extension for denoting an executable file (a program) in the MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, and OS/2 operating systems.
Category: Application files
Application: Microsoft Windows
Mime-type: application/x-ms-dos-executable
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
EXE aliases:
EXE related links:
EXE related extensions:
MS-DOS Batch File

Windows Command File

Windows Command File

Visual C++ Import Library

ActiveX Custom Control

Program Information File

⚠ Be careful with .exe files.

It's important to know that the .exe file extension can be used by various programs, not just the ones you expect. This includes potentially harmful software or malware that might create .exe files. Be cautious when dealing with .exe files from unknown sources.

🚫 The .exe file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

3xe, dxe, ece, ede, ee, eex, ese, ex, ex3, exd, exf, exr, exs, exw, eze

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

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GP32 Free Launcher Executable

Microsoft Office Control Information Cache

Encrypt Easy Encrypted File

Lego Mindstorms NXT Brick Executable

EXIF Metadata

🔴 Can't open a .exe file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Select an app to open this .exe file

It means that the operating system does not have a default app associated with the .exe file type. To resolve this issue and open the file, you can take the following steps:

If you don't know how to change the default app for the .exe file, check the FAQ.

🔴 Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. The extension of a file serves as a hint to the operating system and various software programs about the type of data contained within the file. When you alter a file's extension, you essentially modify how software applications interpret and handle that file. Every file has a specific format, also known as its file type or file format. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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