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Old 05-27-2005, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question what is setup,installation?

Hi, I'm a new member of the forum.
What is the nature or the content of an .exe files?(some .exe files do not need setup or installation,and some .exe files require the setup or installation. why?)
So what is the setup or installation theoritically?(myself being a student of computer Engineering). Does both the terms mean the same? So please anybody should help me.

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Old 05-27-2005, 01:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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An .exe file is one that can be run. It is a computer program. .exe stands for executable. .exe files can only be run from MS Windows and MS-DOS computers.

exe files that are installed, get installed from an installer package. This installer unpackages its contents and puts files together in a way that they can use each other when the installed program is run.

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Old 05-27-2005, 02:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes welcome to TF.

I'd like to add something, a setup.exe basicly puts the files in your computer and in legible form for the computer to use.

An expample of this is a cd game. Some once installed on your computer still need a disk to be played, why? (this is what our computer teacher has told us) It is because your computer needs to know how to use the program, thus the setup .exe helps with this process.

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