Vista: Disable DEP or NoExecute Protection to fix Explorer Crashing

Posted March 12, 2006 by Hack_Vista in Microsoft Vista

Some explorer crashes, especially in the early builds of vista, are due to DEP violations. Turn it off and see if it helps.


DEP or NoExecute Protection will be a vital part of vista security. During these early builds, however, it can lead to many explorer crashes.

If you are getting a lot of explorer crashes, disable it and see if it helps.

Disable DEP in Vista:

1. Click Start
2. Click All Programs
3. Click Accessories
4. Right Click on Command Prompt
5. Left click on Run as Administrator
6. Click the Allow button if it asks you for permission
7. Type or copy and paste this into the command prompt window:

bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOff

8. Hit enter and you should see the confirmation: Operation Completed Successfully
9. Reboot and DEP should be off.

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