How to turn on DEP in Windows 7

DEP, meaning Data Execution Prevention is actually a security feature in Windows 7 and some other recent operating systems. It basically prevents an Application from executing a code from non executable memory location. Well this post is not meant to explain how the DEP works. For that there’s Wikipedia. This post will explain how to enable the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) in Windows 7.

To turn on DEP for Essential Programs Only

  • Go to Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Performance > Data Execution Prevention.
  • Select Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only.

To turn off DEP for certain programs

  • Go to Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Performance > Data Execution Prevention.
  • Select Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those i select.
  • Click add and choose the program for which you want to turn off DEP.

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