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Data Execution Prevention (DEP) error?

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I don't know if this is virus related but when I try and install certain programs I get the "Data Execution Prevention" error message and then the Desktop refreshes. I just can't get some stuff to install. Nothing is wrong with the program's I trying to install, because they install on my other computer (both computers are Windows XP).

The computer in question is a DELL and is about 5 years old and DELL didn't provide a Windows XP disc, so I can't re-install the OS.

Is it possible that I might have some corrupted Windows files? And if so, can it be fixed?

I've gone to the Microsoft website with regard to the DEP error and followed the instructions to disable it but nothing worked.

Is there a way to get rid of this Windows DEP thing?

Other than the DEP error I get when trying to install certain setup programs (most programs install just fine), other than that my computer works just fine... no other weirdness.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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