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Turn off Data Execution Protection (DEP) on Windows Server 2003

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Article ID#: KWin0184
Added: 1/25/12

Issue

Data Execution Protection (DEP) is a security feature included in many Windows operating systems. It can cause errors when running Crystal Reports in RDPWin.   The following error message may appear or the Crystal Report may be a blank screen:



The error is caused by an incompatibility with Crystal 10 and the newer Microsoft operating systems.

Solution

Turn off Data Execution Protection (DEP).

  1. Log into the Windows Server 2003 machine as Administrator.
  2. Open Windows Explorer.
  3. Click Tools --> Folder Options --> click the View tab.
  4. Uncheck Hide Protected Operating System Files (Recommended) and Hide Extensions for Known File Types.
  5. Click Apply --> click OK.
  6. Browse to C:\
  7. Right click on the boot.ini file --> select Properties --> uncheck the Read-Only attribute --> click OK.
  8. Right click on the boot.ini file --> select Edit or if Edit is not listed, select Open With and choose Notepad.
  9. Change the /NoExecute=  to /NoExecute=AlwaysOff to disable DEP.
    Disable DEP
  10. Click File --> Save.
  11. Right click the boot.ini file --> select Properties --> check the Read-Only attribute --> click OK.
  12. Reboot the computer.
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