How to Turn off DEP (Data Execution Prevention) in Windows 10


In this short tutorial article, we’ll show you have to turn off the DEP (Data Execution Prevention) system on your Windows 10 computer.

What is Data Execution Prevention (DEP)?

DEP is a Windows security program that keeps all the softwares you use under its radar. It looks for malicious code and when it finds it, it stops the affected files. In this way, it keeps your computer secure.


DEP in Windows 10

Sometimes you’ll want to turn this off. DEP intends to keep you safe, but sometimes it stops programs that aren’t actually infected with the bad stuff. And sometimes DEP hurts your system performance while it is running. Maybe you just want to turn if off while you are playing system intensive games or using system hogging software.


Guide to turn off DEP (Data Execution Prevention)

In this tutorial, we will show you how to disable DEP for desired programs in Windows 7,8 and 10.

Turn Off DEP in Windows 10

Disabling DEP

  1. Right-click My Computer on the desktop.
  2. Select properties.
  3. Then go to Advanced system settings located on the left side of this window.
  4. Go to advanced tab.
  5. Then Select settings from the performance tab.
  6. Then click on Data Prevention Execution tab.
  7. The top option means that the DEP would be enabled for the programs that you may choose or the ones you may not choose.
  8. The second option is recommended for you if you are experiencing this issue with a particular program. You can choose which files are not affected by the DEP.
  9. You can add the desired program by enabling the second option and then clicking the add button below.
  10. Ignore the error.

That’s it.


Reasons You Shouldn’t Turn It Off

With older versions of Windows, DEP often blocked programs that were actually just fine. But newer versions of DEP are pretty darn good about recognizing valid programs.

Sometimes violations have nothing to do with DEP, and could instead be associated with your virus protection software or other software on your computer.

DEP works pretty well, so the general recommendation is to leave it alone nowadays unless you are 100% sure it is causing your problems.

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