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What is Portable executable (PE)?

The file format defining the structure that all executable files (EXE) and Dynamic Link Libraries (DLL) must use to allow them to be loaded and executed by Windows. Windows PE is divided into 2 main sections.

• The first section includes the PE/COFF headers that references the contents within the PE file.

• The second section is the native image section which contains .data, .rdata, .rsrc, and .text sections.

The Portable Executable (PE) format is a executable file format, object code, and DLL. It is used in 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows operating systems. It means your all executable file can be executed in all system, so it is used.

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