alphabetical list of extensions

File extension .EXE

File description

Executable file format (EXE) is a file extension that consists of a program that is able to run as a program in the computer. It can be executed via order or just a double-click. We have distinctive types of executable files such as COM and BAT.

EXE files are executable programs, but they can containn resources, such as bitmap graphics and icons. For example, if you get an EXE file via e-mail, make sure that the file comes from a secure source and it does not consist of virus.

Description of the problem
If you have on your computer a .EXE file that you cannot open, you are in exactly the same situation as thousands of other people who have similar problems with this or any other unknown file.

There may be several reasons why you cannot open the file with .EXE extension. Directly on this website you can find a solution of the most common problem with the .EXE file – that you do not have on your computer the appropriate program to open the file.
Solution
From the list below, select the appropriate program, install it and double click on the icon of a file that did not want to open - the problem with the .EXE file extension should be solved. However, if this does not happen, go back to the website to learn about other possible causes of the error, which have been described at the bottom of the website.
Category
Executable Files
Developer
Microsoft
Popularity
StarStarStarStarStar
File name: Windows Executable File
Programs that will open this file:
Windows
Windows
7-Zip 7-Zip
FixExec FixExec
IcoFX IcoFX
IconsExtract IconsExtract
Microsoft Visual Studio Microsoft Visual Studio
Microsoft Windows 7 Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Mac OS
Mac OS
CrossOver CrossOver
Darwine Darwine
Parallels Desktop Parallels Desktop
VMware Fusion VMware Fusion
Linux
Linux
Cedega Cedega
CrossOver CrossOver
Wine Wine
Category
Executable Files
Developer
Rare Ideas
Popularity
StarStarStarStar
File name: PortableApps.com Application
Programs that will open this file:
Windows
Windows
PortableApps.com Platform PortableApps.com Platform
Remember!
The .EXE file extension can correspond to several not related file formats. If there is more than one file format with the .EXE extension, you will probably find most of them at this website. Remember that you need to download a program to support a particular file type. So first look through the entire contents of the website to select a program to support just the file you have.

Other possible reasons why your .EXE file does not want to open

In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .EXE file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:

1. Incorrect version of the installed application

A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .EXE file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .EXE file, so download the update and check again.

2. Incorrect .EXE file association with the program

If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:

  • Right-click the .EXE file
  • Go to the "Open with" - then "Choose default program ..."
  • Locate the appropriate application
  • Click "OK"

3. The file is corrupt

It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again.