How to Enable/Disable DEP (Data Execution Prevention) in Windows 10

This post will show you how to disable DEP (Data Execution Prevention) in Windows 10. Windows 10 has a lot of new features and settings, so it can be a bit overwhelming to find out how to change them.

In this post, we will show you how to turn DEP on or off in Windows 10.

This is not something that most people need or use. However, if your programs are crashing when you try to open them this may be the solution.

What is Data Execution Prevention?

Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a security feature that can help prevent damage to your computer from viruses and other security threats.

It works by monitoring your applications to make sure they use system memory safely. If DEP senses an application may be doing something unsafe, it shuts down the application before any harm occurs.

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DEP ensures no programs run in the background or try to sneakily turn on without you knowing about it. This makes your computer more secure and gives you peace of mind when browsing the internet or checking emails.

How to Turn On DEP in Windows 10

If you are trying to enable DEP on your computer, follow the steps below.

1. Open ‘Settings’.

2. Click ‘System’ on the main Settings page.

3. Click the ‘Advanced system settings” link in the left panel.

4. You may be asked for an administrator password or confirmation if this is your first time opening advanced system settings so click “Yes to proceed“.

5. Now click the ‘Settings’ button under the Performance  heading at top of Window

6. You will see a new window called Performance Options, select the Advanced tab.

7. Scroll down until you see the Data Execution Prevention option and check the box next to Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select

8. Select “Add” and find the program you want to turn on DEP for. (You can also paste this into notepad first then save it as a .bat file).

9. Select the application, click Open and then click OK.

10. Now check under System type if Application is listed as a 32-bit or 64-bit program. Remember to check both boxes if it’s a 64-bit program too!

11. Once done, select “OK” and reboot your computer for changes to take effect!

How to Turn off DEP in Windows 10

If you have disabled DEP already, follow the steps below to turn it back on again:

In order to turn off DEP follow these steps:

1) Open the Start Menu

2) Search for “Control Panel”

3) Click on “Control Panel”

4) Click on “System and Security”

5) Click on “System”

6) At the side menu, click on “Advanced system settings”

7) Under Performance at the left panel, click on “Settings…”

8) Go to the Advanced tab

9) Click on “Edit…” next to “Starting up:

10) Uncheck “Enable kernel memory protection”.

11) Click OK.

Restart your computer for changes to take effect.

There are some programs that will not work if DEP is turned off so please only turn it off if you run into problems.

DEP may be turned off by some ransomware and other malware, so this can also help with an infected computer.

If any of the steps do not work or if you have questions about how to turn DEP on or off please leave a comment below.

Conclusion:

DEP (Data Execution Prevention) is a security feature that can help prevent damage to your computer from viruses and other security threats. It works by monitoring your applications to make sure they use system memory safely.

If DEP senses an application may be doing something unsafe, it shuts down the application before any harm occurs. As this article has shown you, you are able to turn this feature off in windows 10 if need be.

So this was our post about how to enable or disable DEP (Data Execution Prevention) Windows 10. Hope you found it helpful!

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