EXE File Type- The quick facts
What are EXE files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an EXE file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is an EXE file?
EXE files have multiple uses, and Windows Executable is one of them.
Windows Executable 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.
You usually do not need to edit or view these files, as they only contain information usable by the software program that uses them.
Last updated: June 8, 2022