How to gain access to an .EXE file — See how it was created?

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Is there an app that allows you to actually open an .EXE file so I can see how the application was created? I don't want to install it --just want to see the actually method or code used to write/develop the .exe file. I'm using Windows 7 & 10. Note: New here folks but glad you're all here. Thank you for the help in advance..Smitty!
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Short answer — You don’t.

Long answer — You don’t. (Well, stuff is possible; but you need to know a lot more before any info would be useful. Mostly, you need to know enough to understand why such a question doesn’t have an easy answer.)

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  • TheRealRaven
    You can learn some things about most .EXEs, but pretty much not what you're asking for. Not without already knowing how to "interpret" the detailed content and structure of .EXEs.

    To look at the content in its simplest form, just open Notepad and then drag/drop the .EXE on the Notepad window. (It might take a few seconds to open, depending on size.)
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  • Subhendu Sen
    What did you want that is some kind of decryption or wanted to see the programming code through exe file(s), while you did not have the source project/files. This is basically an illegal practice. Without his/her permission this is not a good practice and as far as my knowledge, also there is no trick to open .exe file(s) and see the codes what the actual programmer written. If you open the file on notepad/wordpad or other text based tool, you can see some junk characters and you can not understand the actual code. If you really know the source code, you may contact the real person who wrote the code and ask for source files.
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  • ToddN2000
    Basically it sounds like you are looking for something to decompile the EXE file to see the code it's running. If this were an easy thing if at all possible, people would be stealing copyrighted code all the time.
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