EXE File Extension

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Windows Executable Format
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What is EXE file?

File with EXE extension contains compiled Microsoft Windows, DOS, or OS/2 program and its resources. EXE files can store applications, games, installers, or malware. Such files can be run using the command line or GUI by double-clicking them. EXE files are system-dependent. The file stores data in binary format and its signature determines its type. The most popular are the following six EXE formats:

  • MZ - 16-bit format native to DOS.
  • NE - 16-bit ‘New Executable’ format used by DOS 4.0 and 16-bit Windows versions; cannot be run on older DOS systems, but is supported by 32-bit Windows and OS/2 systems,
  • LX - 32-bit format for OS/2 version 2.0 and later,
  • LE - 16/32-bit format native to OS/2, but mainly used for VxD drivers for older Windows systems (those released before year 2000),
  • PE - “Portable Executable”, both 32- bit and 64-bit (PE32+) versions for select editions of Windows system; introduced along with Windows NT.

EXE files can store such resources as GUI elements, audio and other data. It is important to remember that not all types of EXE files can be executed on a given system, as such files are platform-dependent. In order to run an EXE file on different system an appropriate DOS/Windows emulation software or plugin is required. EXE files from unknown or untrusted sources must be handled with can, because they carry a risk of malware infection if executed.

Conversion of a EXE file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the EXE extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of EXE file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from EXE extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to EXE file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the EXE file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the EXE file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the EXE file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the EXE file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the EXE file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the EXE file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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