File Type 1 Windows Executable File IconWindows Executable File
File Format Proprietary (Microsoft)
Usage Open manually; may run a program or script when opened
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Popular

EXE is short for "executable" and is the standard file extension used by Windows programs. Therefore, whenever you double-click or open an EXE file in Windows, it will run a program.

Windows programs are typically named "program.exe" where "program" is the name of the program. You can directly run EXE files by selecting "Run..." from the Windows Start Menu and typing the name of the program.

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Windows is the most widely used operating system in the world. It includes a graphical window-based interface and supports a wide range of applications. Recent versions of Windows include Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Windows 7 is available in several editions, including Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate.

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Updated December 6, 2010
File Type 2 PortableApps.com Application IconPortableApps.com Application
File Format Proprietary (Rare Ideas)
Usage Runs when opened
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆  Common

Computer program that can run from a portable device such as a USB flash drive, iPod, or portable hard drive; contains user settings on the portable device, allowing the program to run the same on multiple computers.

Portable apps use the compound file extension .PAF.EXE.

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Updated 2007
Information from the PC File Extensions Reference