File Extension EXE

.EXE File

File extension: EXE
File type: Executable File
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Notes about the EXE file extension:



Incorrect file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your PC system. As such it is highly recommended to scan your PC for invalid registry entries, unused processes and other unfavourable system settings to identify slowdown issues.

The EXE file type is primarily associated with 'Executable File' by Microsoft Corporation. An executable file is basically another name for a program. Virtually all programs that run under Windows or DOS are in the .EXE format. All of these files start with ASCII MZ but often those produced by different compilers have further identification. The TrID program has a number of these in its database if you need to know what compiler was used on the .EXE you have. If your EXE file extension association has been disabled, see the Associated Links for a possible fix. Note: This file type can become infected and should be carefully scanned if someone sends you a file with this extension.

Detailed information for file extension EXE:


Primary association: Executable File
Company: Microsoft Corporation
Mime type: application/octet-stream, application/x-msdownload, application/exe, application/x-exe, application/dos-exe, vms/exe, application/x-winexe, application/msdos-windows, application/x-msdos-program
Identifying characters Hex: 4D 5A , ASCII: MZ
Related links: Fixing a Broken EXE Association

Other applications associated with file type EXE:

  • Out-of-process Code Component Used by COM Clients by Microsoft Corporation(Component Object Model)
  • PDP-10 (Page-Mapped Executable Binary)The PDP-10 was a mainframe computer manufactured by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) from the late 1960s; the name stands for Programmed Data Processor model 10. The PDP-10 was eventually eclipsed by the VAX supermini machines. The PDP-10 product line cancellation was announced in 1983. Related links: Wikipedia PDP-10 Page
  • Playstation (Executable File) by Sony Corporation of AmericaSpecial format designed specifically for the Sony Playstation. The identifying characters used for this association are - Hex: 50 53 2D 58 20 45 58 45 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 , ASCII: PS-X EXE
  • Self-extracting ArchiveDepending on which program produced the archive you may be able to open this file in an unzipping program and extract files directly from it. In general, however, this file is designed to run and perform an install just by double clicking on the file. The Mime types used with this association are: application/x-msdownload, application/octet-stream, application/x-zip-compressed.
  • Settlers 4 (Saved Game) by Ubisoft EntertainmentBlue Byte is one of the pioneers of the German gaming industry. Today, Blue Byte is a 100% subsidiary of Ubisoft.
  • Win32 Executable PowerBASIC (generic) by PowerBASIC, Inc. The identifying characters used for this association are - Hex: 4D 5A 0A 00 02 00 00 00 04 00 0F 00 FF FF 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 40 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 80 00 00 00 B4 09 BA 10 00 0E 1F CD 21 B8 01 4C CD 21 90 90 54 68 69 73 20 69 73 20 61 20 57 69 6E 33 32 20 70 72 6F 67 72 61 6D 2E 0D 0A 24 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0 , ASCII: MZ @ ! L ! This is a Win32 program. $
  • Win32 Executable PowerBASIC/Win 8.x by PowerBASIC, Inc. The identifying characters used for this association are - Hex: 4D 5A 0A 00 02 00 00 00 04 00 0F 00 FF FF 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 40 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 80 00 00 00 B4 09 BA 10 00 0E 1F CD 21 B8 01 4C CD 21 90 90 54 68 69 73 20 69 73 20 61 20 57 69 6E 33 32 20 70 72 6F 67 72 61 6D 2E 0D 0A 24 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0 , ASCII: MZ @ ! L ! This is a Win32 program. $
File Identifier - TrID
'Identifying characters' used on FILExt.com are
provided by Marco Pontello from his TrID database




Important: Invalid file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your Windows PC. It is highly recommended that you scan your PC for invalid registry entries, unused processes and other slowdown issues.

Technical data

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System Info for File Extension .EXE

The following listing is compiled from the database produced by the 'Associate This!' program, selected data from the main FILExt database and information FILExt collected directly from user systems.

ProgramID: exefile, FileType: Application, AppName: %1
EXEFile: %1

ProgramID: Frigate3.edit, FileType: Write Document, AppName: Frigate3

ProgramID: exefile
EXEFile: %1 %*

ProgramID: exefile
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\@Home veiligheid\AntiVirus\AVFileMon.exe %1 %*

ProgramID: Winamp.File
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Winamp\winamp.exe

Program Name and MIME Type Info for File Extension .EXE

FILExt has been given permission to display a Program Name/MIME type database collected by Anthony R. Nemmer. Some of this data has already been included into the main FILExt database. Those entries which have not yet been incorporated are displayed below.
Program Name Mime Type application/SoftWindows application/unknown magnus-internal/cgi

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