What is a .EXE File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .exe extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. In this article we will explain what .exe file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .EXE file?

The .EXE file extension is Windows Executable File. It was developed by Microsoft. This executable file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .exe file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .EXE file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .EXE file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .EXE file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .exe file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the RARLAB WinRAR software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Microsoft Windows, 7-Zip and RARLAB WinRAR.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .EXE file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the RARLAB WinRAR software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .EXE file on Mac

The .exe file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the CodeWeavers CrossOver and Kronenberg WineBottler software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .EXE file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the CodeWeavers CrossOver software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .EXE file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .exe file on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the CodeWeavers CrossOver and Wine software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .EXE file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the CodeWeavers CrossOver software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .EXE file on Android

There is easy way to open the .exe file on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .EXE file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the WineHQ software and install it. The other software that opens the .exe file on Android is WineHQ. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .EXE file?

If you are still unable to open the .EXE file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .EXE file.exe – Rare Ideas. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .EXE file with the RARLAB WinRAR, Microsoft Windows, 7-Zip programs on Windows, CodeWeavers CrossOver, Kronenberg WineBottler programs on Mac, CodeWeavers CrossOver, Wine software on Linux and WineHQ software on Android.