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maybe it's done automatically by Windows on the basis of extensions?

It is a common mis-understanding that Windows (the operating system) does this, but it does not. File extension association has to be looked-up in the registry by whatever is launching the executable, i.e. the shell or application - Windows does not do it for us. See Win32::FetchCommand.
In theory the .exe extension is not fixed and can be changed, as can all the other file extensions. It would confuse the hell out of everyone though.

In reply to Re^2: command line tools by cdarke
in thread command line tools by manishrathi

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