Disable data execution prevention (DEP) in Windows 8

Preview Dep_thumb.jpg 1Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is that technologies which prevents code from being executed in certain regions of memory that are for storage. In this tutorial, we are showing you how to disable data execution prevention in Windows 8.

Follow this link to: Disable DEP in Windows 7 or Vista

Steps to disable DEP for programs

1. Step Open the Desktop by clicking Desktop tile on the Start Screen.

Desktop tile DEP

2. Step Next, Right click on your desktop and select Personalize.

Personalize DEP

3. Step Next, click on the ‘Advanced system settings‘.

Advanced System Settings DEP

4. Step Next, click on the Settings.

System Properties DEP

5. Step Now, click on the Data Execution Prevention tab.

Performance Option DEP

6. Step Next, click on ‘Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select’ and then click on the Add button.


7. Step Next, Browse to the location of the program (executable – .exe) that you want to disable DEP. Then click on the Open button.

Disable DEP application

8. Step Next, click on the OK button.

Alert DEP

9. Step Finally, click on the Apply and then OK. Then you should restart your computer in order for the changes to take place. That are the complete steps to disable data execution prevention in Windows 8.

Apply DEP


It is recommended to enable DEP as it helps to prevent attacks and exploits that would normally be able to run freely on your system.

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Uttam is a Microsoft Student Partner from Kathmandu, Nepal. Aside from blogging, Uttam is also studying computer engineering and works as a freelancer developer. Windows has always been his first love. He has been using Windows since his early days since he was in 2nd Grade. He also used a few other operating systems but never found any other OS that he grew fond of.

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