.exe files how do I open them?

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  1. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

    imac abuser

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    Hello,
    I downloaded some files and they are .exe how can I open them?
     
  2. 840quadra Moderator

    840quadra

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    hmm. I don't think that helps.

    Were these applications built for the Macintosh, or are they for normal PC systems. An EXE extension at the end of a file name, is simply that, an extension. Some programs built for OS X do contain the .EXE extension, Folding@Home comes to mind as one of them.

    What is the application?
     
  3. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    Some .exe files are zip archives packaged in a way for Windows to auto-unzip them. Such files may be opened on a Mac by first changing the extension from .exe to .zip and then opening them with Stuffit Expander.

    This worked for me when I downloaded .exe files of WMV HD trailers and opened them on my Mac. To get smooth playback I exported the WMV files to DVCProHD (using Flip4Mac to open the WMV files in QuickTime Player).
     
  4. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    .exe files are windows applications.

    Some self extracting zip files are .exe, but the .exe format is a Windows Executable. So it won't run on a Mac (except by the method mentioned above if it is actually a zip file).
     
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  6. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

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    Commercially, the only viable product to open windows programs is Virtual PC. There are a few free open-source projects that seek to replace VPC, but they aren't quite there yet.

    Often, however, you can find Mac(aqua/classic)/UNIX(x11) versions of programs. VPC, as an emulator, is slow, so you'll probably find that it is best to find a native way of doing things.

    As others have mentioned, .exe files can be self-extracting .zip files. These can be handled without VPC.
     

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