Data Excution Prevention (DEP) Error in Windows® Vista
What is meant by Data Execution Prevention (DEP) error in Windows Vista and what are the reasons for this error in the OS?
Windows Vista is an operating system introduced by Microsoft Corp. This operating system is a successor of Windows XP and is a predecessor of Windows 7. This Operating System is equipped with numerous features. These features enable high security and advanced performance to the system that uses this OS. One such security feature included in Windows Vista is Data Execution Prevention (DEP). The DEP feature helps users to block a service or an application from executing the code into the system from a non-executable memory region. This feature is available to most of the operating systems. It hence ensures security and stores codes as buffer overflow. In Windows Vista due to some reason there might arise DEP error which might lead to serious issues.
Following paragraphs provide information about Data Execution Prevention (DEP) error, its reasons and the possible ways to fix this error:
- DEP error in Vista
- Reasons for DEP error
- Ways to fix this error
DEP error in Windows Vista
In Windows Vista, DEP is enabled for some limited Windows system applications and services. Software which are not made according to DEP might get errors, hence Windows Vista also receives this error. This error mainly occurs in order to prevent suspicious software in your system. It helps in making the system secure against virus attacks. It gives notification about a software if its suspects that it might contain malicious infection and might cause damage to the system.
Reasons for DEP error
This error mainly occurs when it detects the presence of some malicious infection in your system at its hardware or software level. It could also occur if the software application does not fulfill the security settings specified by DEP. DEP works with compatible microprocessors in order to mark certain memory locations as "non-executable". If an application tries to run a code from a protected location, then sometimes DEP closes the program and notifies the code as malicious.
In order to fix DEP Error in Windows Vista, you might need to know which application is throwing the error. After knowing this, you could move this software to Data Execution Prevention Exception list for solving this problem. This error can also be solved by selecting the check box near to “Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only”. It can also be resolved by approaching your program vendor for updates for enabling the program in order to work correctly with DEP.
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