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An executable is a file that used to perform various functions or operations on a computer. an executable file usually has a file name extension of .bat, .com, or .exe. Unlike a data file, an executable file cannot generally be read because it has been compiled. An exe file is just one of several file format types that are recognized by various operating systems. Most programs come packaged as an executable file, which Windows uses to install the application. While most executable files install similarly on all Windows versions, there are a few differences. For example, you'll encounter fewer operating system security features when installing an executable file on Windows XP compared with Windows 7, as well as minor differences in installation setups and button placement.
Steps to Install EXE Files in Windows XP
• Double-click the .exe file. Click "Run" if prompted by the security pop-up box.
• Select which features you wish to install with the program, if any are offered, such as Internet toolbars or free trial utilities.
• Choose where on your computer you wish the program to install, such as "Program Files" or "My Documents."
• Click "Next."
• Read and choose which options to include with the installation of the program and click "Next." For example, a picture viewing program may prompt you to check which picture files to automatically open with the program.
• Click "Finish" and restart your computer if prompted.