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EXE file format description

EXE file format

We made this page to help you understand how to work with EXE files. Here, you can find info on software that can handle these files. It includes simple programs for opening and converting them.

Learn about the EXE file and its functions here!

We also explain how to convert them into other types. It's simple and hassle-free. For opening or changing EXE files, this page offers all the tools you need.

#1 Executable File

The EXE file is categorized under Application. It is associated with Microsoft Windows, serving as 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. Visit the website of Microsoft Windows for a detailed description of the EXE format.

Application:Microsoft Windows
Category:Application files
Mime-type:application/x-ms-dos-executable
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Windows can't open your EXE file?

When you try to open a file by double-clicking it, Windows looks at the file's name to figure out what to do. If Windows doesn't know the file type, it'll ask you to choose an app to open this EXE file.

To set the EXE file association in Windows 11, you can follow these steps

  1. Open the Settings app by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon.
  2. In the Settings app, click on System and then select Apps from the left-hand side menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Default apps option.
  4. In the Default apps section, you will find various categories. They include Email, Web browser, and Music player.
  5. Locate the category that matches the file type you want to associate. For example, choose Photos for image files, or Video player for video files.
  6. Click on the current default app listed under the category. A list of available apps will appear.
  7. Choose the app you want to set as the default for that file type. If the app you want is not listed, click on More apps to see more options. Or, click on Look for an app in the Microsoft Store to search for apps.
  8. After selecting the app, it will become the default choice for opening files of that type.

It's worth mentioning that you don't always need to set EXE file association. Many apps can open files. They don't need a specific file association to be set.

Handle EXE files with care

Exercise caution when handling EXE files from unknown sources. Files from certain sources can threaten your computer's security. They might contain malware, viruses, or harmful software. To minimize risks, avoid downloading or opening unfamiliar EXE files. Use trusted antivirus software to scan files from unknown sources before opening.

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