Add a DEP Exception for a Program on Windows Server Core

Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a group of software and hardware which perform additional security checks prevent malicious code from running on a system. However you may wish to turn off DEP for some applications and programs on a Server Core system, to do this perform the below three steps :

1. Check The Current DEP level

Run the below command:

wmic OS Get DataExecutionPrevention_SupportPolicy

This will return an integer which corresponds to a DEP Support Policy:

DEP Support Policy Policy Level Description
2 OptIn?Default? Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only
3 OptOut Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select. Admin can add create one DEP exception list
1 AlwaysOn Enable DEP for all process
0 AlwaysOff Disable DEP for all process

2. Alter the DEP Policy Level

To add a program to DEP exception list,  change the Policy Level to “OptOut” (please refer to the above table). The below command will perform this action:

bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx OptOut

Then restart the system.

3. Create An Exception List

Add the application to the DEP exception list by altering the registry as below:

For each application you wish to disable the DEP for,  create a String Value with the name of the value being the full path to the executable (such as C:\Program Files\Windows Live\WindowsLiveWriter.exe) and the value data being “DisableNXShowUI”  under the below registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers

Note that using Registry Editor improperly may result  in serious issues that could require a reinstall of Windows. The Registry Editor should be used sparingly and with caution. For more information on the registry see

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