Configuring Data Execution Prevention in Windows 8

Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a memory protection technology. DEP tells the computer’s processor to mark all memory locations in an application as non-executable unless the location explicitly contains executable code. To be compatible with DEP, applications must be able to explicitly mark memory with the Execute permission.

1. Right Click on Computer and click Properties.

2. Click on advance system settings.

3. Click on Performance setting

4. On performance options click on Data Execution Prevention

5. Data Execution Prevention helps to protect against viruses and security threats, you can configure DEP by using the following options:

Turn On DEP For Essential Windows Programs And Services Only Enables DEP only for operating system services, programs, and components. This is the default setting and is recommended for computers that support execution protection and are configured appropriately.

Turn On DEP For All Programs Except Those I Select Configures DEP and allows for exceptions. Select this option, and then click Add to specify programs that should run without execution protection. In this way, execution protection will work for all programs except those you have listed.

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