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How to open .exe file extension?

File Type : Executable file type
Compatible with (WinXP,Vista,Win7,Win8 and Win10)

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What is .exe file extension?

.exe file extension is a known file type. This section of tells you everything you need to know about this extension.
The .exe file extension is used for program executable file for Windows or DOS operating systems. It runs when it is opened and it should execute and begin the installation when double-clicked. There are numerous versions of this file format, but all serve the purpose to start a program. EXE format is utilized in many operating system, including MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2, Symbian or OpenVMS. These files can be found in 16-bit, 32-bit as well as 64-bit versions. Almost every program has one or more executable files to start it, as it is probably one of the most used file formats. Apart from executable code, .exe files can also contain various other data, such as program icons/images. Important: EXE files does not run in OS X without an emulation software, such as Parallels Desktop. Darwine and Crossover translation software can also help in opening some Windows programs in OS X. The programs written for Microsoft's .NET framework can also run on Mac OS X and Linux systems using Xamarin's Mono framework. Alert: Executables are also used to spread trojans and other malicious programs. Special care should be taken while opening any unknown *.exe file, as it can infect or modify the settings of your system. The contents of an EXE file can be examined manually using 7-Zip.
You can see a list of software programs here on that can open this file type so that you don’t need to search for it on the web. You can then open your file with this extension using a software listed below.

Software that can be used to open .exe files:

Microsoft Windows:
  • Microsoft Windows
  • WinRAR5
  • 7-Zip
  • WinRAR 5
  • CodeWeavers CrossOver
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox with Microsoft Windows installed
  • Wine
  • Xamarin Mono
Apple Mac OS X:
  • Darwine
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox with Microsft Windows installed
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac with Microsoft Windows installed
  • VMware Fusion with Microsoft Windows installed
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox with Microsoft Windows installed
  • CodeWeavers CrossOver
  • Kronenberg WineBottler
  • Xamarin Mono