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Hi, I'm still trying to learn all sorts of things.... Does anyone know how I can open .exe and .pcx files? It seems I don't have a default application to open these files. Where can I get one and what should I get? I'd appreciate any help!

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Ill take a stab at it .....WINDOWS ? These are both windows file types.

this will help with the .pcx though:http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/pcx


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Hi,

Well, .exe files are Windows only executables and will not open in a Mac system without a special app like Crossover - your best option is to search for Mac alternatives for the Windows stuff you are trying to run. A lot of them have Mac versions if you are lucky.

As for .pcx - these are graphics files - an app like Gimp should be able to open and edit pictures in this format.

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Hi, I'm still trying to learn all sorts of things.... Does anyone know how I can open .exe and .pcx files? It seems I don't have a default application to open these files. Where can I get one and what should I get? I'd appreciate any help!

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Try VM Ware (or any virtual machine that'll run on a Mac) and install Windows in that VM.

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As you probably know by now, *.EXE is a Windows executable file. The other file you mention *.PCX is a graphics file which can be opened by the Windows "Paint" program included with older copies of Windows. (No longer included with Vista or Win 7.)

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As you probably know by now, *.EXE is a Windows executable file. The other file you mention *.PCX is a graphics file which can be opened by the Windows "Paint" program included with older copies of Windows. (No longer included with Vista or Win 7.)

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Actually Microsoft Paint is still included with Windows. They stuck on the ribbon-interface in Windows 7. But it is still there. I just don't know if it still opens .pcx

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Really? Not included with my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium - at least not that I could find. Where did they put it? I looked in \windows and \system32

It used to be in \windows (at least that's where it was in XP).

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Really? Not included with my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium - at least not that I could find. Where did they put it? I looked in \windows and \system32

It used to be in \windows (at least that's where it was in XP).

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I have Windows 7 Home Premium as well.

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Just wanted to point out that some EXE programs are, you know, viruses. So don't just open any old exe, even if you do have Windows installed. You may be on a Mac now, but in dealing with anything to do with Windows, the same common-sense caution you'd use on a PC applies.
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Just wanted to point out that some EXE programs are, you know, viruses. So don't just open any old exe, even if you do have Windows installed. You may be on a Mac now, but in dealing with anything to do with Windows, the same common-sense caution you'd use on a PC applies.
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Really? Not included with my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium - at least not that I could find. Where did they put it? I looked in \windows and \system32

It used to be in \windows (at least that's where it was in XP).

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Just checked \Windows\System32 and there it is, mspaint.exe


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Just checked \Windows\System32 and there it is, mspaint.exe
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Yeah, it's there. Don't know how I missed it. Thanks Kash.

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