Opening EXE files

Did your computer fail to open an EXE file? We explain what EXE files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your EXE files.

What is an EXE file?

Files ending with .EXE are executable program files. You should be able to run them by double-clicking them. If this does not work, the file may be damaged or something on your PC is blocking the execution - that could be your anti-virus software, or perhaps even a virus.

If you are getting errors running .EXE files, we strongly suggest you check your PC for errors and malware. On file.org we recommend checking your system with RegClean Pro.

If you are sure the file is OK and your PC is virus free, it could be that you have downloaded a non-Windows .EXE file. Executable files for the Symbian operating system also uses the .EXE file extension.

Software that will open, convert or fix EXE files

Unfortunately we have not received enough suggestions for software that can open EXE files yet.

Try a universal file viewer

I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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