Enabling Data Execution Prevention for essential Windows programs and services

By default, Windows Server uses settings that are designed to prevent an application from running unauthorized programs. These settings can interfere with the IBM OpenPages® with Watson™ installation. Configure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) before you start the installation process to prevent any issues.


  1. Log on to the server.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Click System and Security > System > Advanced System Settings.
  4. On the Advanced tab, next to the Performance heading, click Settings.
  5. Click the Data Execution Prevention tab.
  6. Select Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only.
  7. Click OK and then restart your system to enable the change.
  8. Repeat these steps for each Windows server in your deployment.

What to do next

When the installation of all software is complete, you can disable the setting.