XP SP2: How to Turn Off the Data Execution Prevention feature (DEP)

Posted on 2006-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Is there a way to disable it globally (registry, OU, policy) instead of using the exception list for executables ?
Question by:Cassavatech
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    Greetings, Cassavatech !

    1. Click Start
    2. Select Control Panel
    3. Select System
    4. Click the Advanced tab
    5. In the Performance region select Settings
    6. Click the Data Execute tab in the dialog box that opens
    7. Select Turn on DEP for all programs and services except for those I select
    8. Click Add.
    9. The open dialog box will open. Browse and select your application.
    10. Click Open
    11. Click Apply
    12. Click Ok
    13. Reboot

    Best wishes!
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    Accepted Solution

    War1, that is the "using the exception list for executables" method which he does not want.

    The below article is all about DEP, and the url will take you to a section where it explains how to turn off DEP for the entire computer.  Apparently this must be done for each computer; the article doesn't describe any policies, etc.:
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    Hi LeeTutor ,

    thanks a lot .. that worked .. as usuall :)
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    Are you using a nvidia card or having game crashes?

    If you want to disable it global, edit boot.ini and
     change the  /noexecute policy level to always off.     /NoExecute=AlwaysOff

    Not all of it works on all processes.

    To see the limitations of DEP look at this MS artical
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    lol ok . Done deal.

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