.EX_ File Extension
- Developer by: Microsoft
- Category: Executable Files
- Format: Binary
What are .EX_ files and how to open them?Can't open .EX_ file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .EX_ file.
What is a .EX_ file extension?
.EX_ file extension is created by Microsoft. .EX_ has been classified as Executable Files. The format of .EX_ file is Binary.
.EX_ is Renamed Windows Executable File
An EX_ file is a Windows executable file renamed from ".exe" to ".ex_". It contains the exact contents of an .EXE file. EX_ files are commonly found on installation CDs, where the installer must first rename the file before executing it.
Renamed EX_ files are useful for preventing accidental or unwanted execution in Windows. For example, if the user accidentally double-clicks the file, it will not execute by default.
To make an EX_ file executable, rename the ".ex_" extension to ".exe". You can now double-click the file like any other EXE file.
File Type 2 Compressed Executable File
Windows executable (.EXE) file compressed using some form of compression and renamed from ".exe" to ".ex_;" often found on software installation CDs, where the installer must first rename the file and decompress it before execution; useful for decreasing the size of an EXE file when packaging installers onto external media or within downloadable archives.
EX_ files are commonly created using Makecab, a file compression utility included with Windows. Here is example syntax for creating the file program.ex_ from the file program.exe:
EX_ file created with Makecab can be decompressed back to their original form using the expand.exe program included with Windows. It uses the following syntax:
expand program.ex_ program.exe