EXE is the common filename extension denoting an executable file (a program) in the DOS, OpenVMS, Microsoft Windows, Symbian, and OS/2 operating systems.
Many EXE files contain executable program and other components called resources, such as bitmaps and icons which the executable program may use for its graphical user interface.
There are several main executable file formats:
1 DOS: 16-bit DOS MZ executable and 16-bit new executable
2 OS/2: 32-bit linear executable and mixed 16/32-bit linear executable
3 Windows: 32-bit portable executable and 64-bit portable executable
Besides these, there are also many custom EXE formats, such as W3 (a collection of LE files, only used in WIN386.EXE), W4 (a compressed collection of LE files, only used in VMM32.VXD), DL, MP, P2, P3, and probably more.
EXE files are also referred to as executable files. Clicking on these files results in the automatic execution of codes; thereby setting a number of functions into action. Executable files are employed in the installation and execution of applications and routines. The EXE file is among the various types of files formats that have been recognized by different Operating Systems. It is also one of the most commonly used file types because it is capable of running applications. However, EXE files are also utilized by unscrupulous individuals in the delivery of malicious software. Until recently, all EXE files could be opened in computers running on Mac Operating Systems using the Stuffit Expander. The versions 10 and 11 of the Stuffit Expander is incapable of properly opening EXE files on computers running on Mac OS X but the version 9 and older versions of the Stuffit Expander can.
There are a number of ways to open an EXE file on Mac. One of them involves the usage of the Stuffit Expander application. The process of opening EXE files on computers running on Mac Operating Systems includes moving the downloaded EXE file onto the desktop. After which, proceed to the Utilities folder of Mac. This is accomplished by opening the Terminal and clicking on Finder on the Dock and then navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal. You may also opt to utilize the Shift-Command-U for the purpose of directly going to the folder Utilities.
Once the Terminal has been opened, a small pop-up window should appear. Verify if you are located at your computer’s root. When the person who has logged on to the computer has the computer name Cecille, the Terminal’s root should be something like ~cecille$. EXE files are opened using the Terminal, a component of the Unix Operating System beneath the OS X.
Enter in CD Desktop and then press Enter. Upon doing so, the Terminal should look something like ~ /desktop cecille$. Type in unzip filename.exe and press Enter. The file name should refer to the name of the file that has been downloaded. Once the Terminal is finished inflating the said file to the computer’s desktop, quit the Terminal. The new file is then opened using an appropriate program.
Although EXE files could be opened on computers running on Mac OS X using the Stuffit Expander, the file extension EXE indicates that it is an executable file for the Windows Operating System. That is why Windows can be run on Mac computers by means of a virtual machine application or Boot Camp.
In order to do so, additional software would have to be installed and the kind of software depends on the kind of Mac that you have. There are many approaches for running Windows Operating Systems on Intel Macs. These include Boot Camp by Apple which allows dual boot between Windows and OS X. The said approach is most compatible with Windows peripherals and software but is not capable of running Mac OS X and Windows applications simultaneously.
The other approach allows Windows to be run in a virtual machine within the OS X. This approach is used by Parallels Desktop and even though it is incapable of supporting as much Windows functionalities as that of a dual-boot configuration, it allows the Windows and Mac applications to be run concurrently.
An EXE file is an executable file or a program file. To create an "exe" file in Notepad, you must understand and know a programming language such as C++. With Notepad, users are able create an the file with software already found on their computer. Here are the steps on how to make an EXE file using Notepad.
- Launch Notepad.
There are two ways for you to accomplish this task.
(a) Run Command
Pull up the Start Menu by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard or hitting the Start button using your mouse. Hit Run and on the text field provided, type notepad. Press the Enter key or hit OK.
(b) Start Menu via Programs
Hit the Start button or press the Windows key on your keyboard to populate the Start Menu. If you are using the Classic Start Menu, hover your mouse on Programs and if using the standard Start Menu, hover your mouse on All Programs. Then hit Accessories to populate the submenu. Locate Notepad and right click on it.
- Familiarize yourself with keyboard combinations that would help you when you’re ready to write the C++ programming language that make up your executable file.
Press Alt on your keyboard and then simultaneously key in the combinations. One combination is composed of three digits that range from numbers 000 to 999. After each combination, release your hold on the Alt key. You may also want to take note of the symbols each combination generates. Bear in mind that each combination will produce a different symbol.
- Begin writing your executable file.
Using the C++ programming language, author the EXE file using the combinations you took note of in the second step. As a reminder, remember to release your hold on the Alt key every three digits that you enter.
- Save the programming you’ve done so far.
To prevent unnecessary loss of data and time spent writing the program, save your work every few minutes as a text file until you’re done with programming. Pull up the Save As dialogue box to save your work. The following are ways for you to pull it up.
(a) Using a shortcut key.
On your keyboard, press CTRL and S simultaneously to pull up the Save As pane.
(b) Using Notepad’s Menu bar.
Using your mouse, hit File on the Menu bar and then select Save As. When Save As box populates, input the file name next to the corresponding text field and ensure that Save as type is Text Documents (*.txt). Repeat saving the document as you go along programming by pressing CTRL and S.
- When you’re done writing the C++ programming language that make up your EXE file, save it as an executable file.
Hit File on the Menu bar and then select Save As. Input a file name next to its corresponding field then add .exe after it. On the drop down menu next to Save as type, change Text Documents (*.txt) to All Files and press the Save button.
Your executable file is now created. Remember that when you make executable files on your own, that there is a great possibility of it harming your system so be very careful when doing programming.
A screensaver is, in fact, an executable file that has had its file-extension changed from ".exe" to ".scr." If you don't change a screensaver's ".exe" extension, it will still work when you execute the file. However, if you add it to the System32 folder of your Windows directory, it won't appear in the "Display Properties" list. You must change the extension to .scr before Windows can add the screen saver to this list.
Use Windows Explorer to open the folder that contains the executable file that you want to convert into a screen-saver.
Locate the file you want to use, which will typically have an EXE file extension. Your .exe files may be hidden by default. If so, follow step 3 below. If not, skip to step 4.
Select Tools, Folder Options, and click on the View tab. Scroll down the Advanced Settings list and select Show hidden files and folders. Check Show hidden files and foloders. Click Apply to save the new setting. Click OK.
Select the .exe file you would like to convert and right-click on it. Choose the option to Rename in the drop-down menu.
Change the file extension from ".exe" to ".scr"
Right click the file again and then choose the option to Install.
Tips & Warnings
If you are creating your own screensaver, be sure to compile it at max scale and without frames. You should also ensure that it is always-on-top.
If you would like to use the screensaver as a slide-show, Microsoft DirectX may come in handy for creating transitions between multimedia.
Converting an executable (.exe) file to a picture (.jpg) format is not difficult. The typical process does not actually physically convert the file, but it does lead someone to believe that she is opening a .jpg image file when in fact she is running an executable. As you continue through the creation process, please keep in mind that both the original and shortcut files must remain within the same folder.
Right-click on the PC desktop, and select New, Folder to create a new folder.
Double-click on the folder to open.
Select Tools, Folder Options, and click on the View tab.
Scroll down the Advanced Settings list and select Show hidden files and folders. Check Show hidden files and foloders. Click Apply to save the new setting. Click OK.
Copy the .exe file source into the newly created folder. For this example, we will refer to it as test1.exe.
Right-click on the test1.exe file and select Rename from the shortcut menu.
Type in the desired new file name (e.g., test2.jpg.) and press Enter.
Select Yes when Windows displays the following warning: "If you change a file name extension, the file may become unusable. Are you sure you want to change it?"
Right-click and drag test2.jpg and select Create Shortcut from the shortcut menu.
Rename the shortcut with an .exe extension (e.g., test3.exe).
Right-click on the .exe shortcut (test3.exe) and select Properties from the shortcut menu.
Remove all text from the Start in field.
Change the contents of the Target field to "C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /c test2.jpg".
Click on the Change Icon button and select an icon for the shortcut. Click OK to save the new icon.
Click Apply and OK to save all Property changes, close the Properties window and complete the process.
Do you need to convert your asp application to an exe executable file so you could do the following?
Burn your asp application into a cd and simply run it from the cd.
Allow your client to use the application without revealing the source code.
Backup and distribute the old asp application to run from the user’s desktop rather than from a server.
A neat software AspToEXE can help you convert asp to exe.
Some simple steps:
Download the software AspToEXE.
After download, launch the installer. Once complete, you should see a screen just like below.
To import your asp project, click on the Import from Folder function. Specify the location of your ASP application and it will import your asp application into this AspToEXE software.
Now you’re ready to compile your ASP project. Go to File > Compile or press Ctrl + E.
Specify the location for the exe to be created and fill in company and copyright information.
Once ready, click on the Export button.
Your ASP Project has just been exported to an executable file. Go to the folder where it is exported. You should see a folder like the following: