Understanding and Working with the .exe File Extension

.exe file extensions are tagged on to Windows Executable files. These files usually do not need any program apart from the Windows Operating system itself to run. They are used to store the functionalities of a program developed in a programming language, like Visual Basic, in a single file.

.exe files are also used by self-extracting zipped file archives, where multiple files are packaged together. This arrangement is popularly used for self-extracting installation files, where the installer batch file is bundled with other supporting files in a single executable file. These files extract themselves when you double click on them.

Programs used for running .exe file extensions

.exe file extensions are run in Windows using the operating system itself and do not need any special programs for execution. However, on a non-Windows operating system there is a need for a bridging program that helps in reading a Windows executable file from within the confines of the other operating system.

Linux, for instance, has a popular application named Wine that helps run Windows Executable files from within Windows.

Errors in .exe file extensions

Whenever there is a discrepancy with a .exe file, you are bound to get an error such as ? ?Windows can not ready filename.exe file.? Errors like these can happen if the .exe file is corrupt due to incomplete downloads, or even bad sectors.

Repairing .exe files

.exe file extensions are usually compiled from programming applications. It is very difficult to manipulate them unless you have access to the source files used to create the .exe file extension. Simple text editors cannot be used to edit or manipulate the program of the .exe file.

In such cases, file extension repair tools come in handy. These tools are designed to scan files with identified or unidentified extensions and attempt to assign the correct programs to them. In the absence of an installed software opener for the file, the tool creates customized file openers for you to edit and view .exe file extensions.