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format file exe

What is an exe file and how do I open an exe file?

Applications and software scripts developed for Microsoft Windows-based systems consist of a file used to start the initialization process of the other developer files required to run these programs, and these files are stored in the EXE format. The content of an EXE file may include code and reference details that can be used to locate and load associated developer files included in the corresponding application. These EXE files and other program files of a software script can also be created for Microsoft DOS environments. These EXE files are affixed with the .exe extension, and many Microsoft Windows applications also use DLL (Dynamic Link Library) modules associated to an EXE file. Some EXE files are encoded and compressed as self-extracting archives of files and folders, which means initializing these EXE files will decompress the archive and store the files and folders in a preconfigured location, usually in the same directory where the self-extracting EXE archive file is stored, though in some cases, the user is prompted for a location to decompress and store the files and folders included in the self-extracting EXE file. There are applications developed as emulators for Mac platforms, and these programs can implement support for initializing and running these EXE files, while users of Linux-based systems can use the Oracle VM VirtualBox software version for Linux.

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Detail exe file extension information:
File Type: exe
File Format: Windows Executable File
Primary Association: Program Execution Files
Mime Type: application/dos-exe, application/exe, application/msdos-windows, application/octet-stream, application/x-exe, application/x-msdos-program, application/x-msdownload, application/x-winexe, application/x-zip-compressed, vms/exe