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How to Find an EXE file On Windows 10

by Roveen

Sometimes, it might not be enough to do simple troubleshooting on a program on your PC and thus, some advanced troubleshooting is needed.

EXE files (often represented as .exe on the PC) is in full called executable files and is a filename extension which denotes the main execution point of a computer program. This means that they are used to install and run software.

So, if you are having trouble with a program or the PC and want to locate the EXE file for whatever you desire, here is how to find it.

  1. First find the shortcut which points to the program whose EXE file you want to find. So, if you want to access Chrome’s EXE files, right-click on Chrome on your desktop and then select Properties. If the program is on the taskbar, right-click it, then right-click its name again in the menu. You will then get Properties.

If the program is on the Start menu, click on Start. Then find your program then right-click on the ‘Start’ menu shortcut for the application. Then select More>Open file location. This will open a File Explorer window which points to the actual application shortcut file. Right click on that shortcut, then select Properties.

  1. Once you have expanded on Properties, select the Shortcut tab and then click on Open File Location.
  2. This process will take you directly to the EXE location of the program in the File Explorer.
  3. And there you have it – you now have reached the EXE file on the program you desire.
  4. You can then execute whatever functions you want to do. However, always remember that modifying an EXE file could result in it not working correctly. You need to know what you are doing before attempting to alter the EXE file extension.

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