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.exe, .msi, .msp, .inf - together, what do these filetypes indicate

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Justin Parker on January 30, 2019

All these are file extensions we commonly see on computers.

Exe is the most widespread one. It is used to indicate executive programs. These files can be run in Windows by double-clicking the file.

Msi is used for databases. Such files contain data on files and apps that is structurally divided into various components that each may contain registry data, shortcuts, etc.

Msp is a special installer extension for Windows and Microsoft programs. In most cases, such files are used to install updates or bug fixes. This is also an extension of Windows patches.

As for inf, this is an extension that is used for simple text files that often come with various programs. They include installation commands and the general information.

Windows installer is a software component that combines all these file extensions if that is what you are looking for. All file types serve their own role in the work of our computer software and it is important to know what they are used for. There are many other extensions used on daily basis in addition to these core files. Try to research all of them as soon as you see one unknown to be more knowledgeable next time.


Eric Morgan on May 17, 2018

.exe Indicates an executable file of windows. These files are compiled in a variety of different programming languages and may perform a variety of tasks. .msi Files are database files pre-packaged dependencies, code, etc that is used by Windows Installer to install a program package on the host PC. .msp Indicates a Miscrosoft Patch file that can be used to repair or change a program/firmware that pre-exists in the host computer. .inf Indicates a file of information that is commonly used by the programs/installers to delineate the parameters for the setup program to run.


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