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Differences of .exe, .msp and .msi file extensions

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Updated October 17, 2016


This article provides brief information on the three types of file extensions utilized in Patch Manager when using third-party packages. 

  • .EXE
  • .MSI
  • .MSP


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EXE is a file extension for an executable file format. An executable is a file that contains a program. A particular kind of file that is capable of being executed or run as a program in the computer. An executable file can be run by a program in Microsoft DOS or Windows through a command or a double click.


MSI files are database files used by Windows Installer. They contain information about an application which is divided into features and components, and every component may hold files, registry data, shortcuts and so on.


MSP is a file extension for a Windows Installer patch file format used by Windows and Microsoft programs, typically for bug fixes, security updates and hotfixes. Most Windows patches are sent as .MSP files. The .MSP file extension is also used for Microsoft Paint bitmap files.


Note: MSI files can only be installations. EXE files can be anything that can run on your computer.



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18:23, 16 Oct 2016