is an extended take on the standard Run dialog in Windows. Where the native Run dialog only lets you execute apps or launch websites by inputting a shortcut or executable command, Run-Command does a lot more than that while maintaining a compact UI profile. In addition to the basic Run dialog features, this portable application lets you quickly access commonly used system tools like Command Prompt, Registry Editor and Computer Management using the integrated buttons. You can also set commands, websites, apps, and folders as favorites for instantaneous access. And best of all - it weighs in at only 44 KB for the 32-bit version and 112 KB for the 64-bit variant! More details after the jump.
In Windows, desktop shortcuts allow us to access the frequently used programs, files and folders without having to go to their separate directories. For instance, if you want to launch Mozilla Firefox, you can just click its desktop or taskbar icon. If there is no shortcut for the application, you will have to open the Windows Explorer, go to the install location, locate the executable file and run it to access the program. Imagine how much time would it take to open each app which normally requires you to do just a couple of clicks on your desktop. There is also another way to open some applications; the Windows + R "Run"
console. It allows you to open some programs just by typing their name in the run dialog box. For example, if you enter “firefox” or “chrome” in the Run dialog and press Enter, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers will launch, respectively. By default, you can access some of the default Windows programs, such as Notepad, and some third party applications, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, directly by entering their name in the Run dialog box. Windows + R Alias Manager
is an application for Windows 8 that lets users create custom aliases for their most used applications, files and folders, for use in the Run dialog box.
We often use Windows Run Commands to quickly launch applications and for accessing network paths. For instance, System administrators bring it up to quickly access network systems by entering the network path e.g. \\192.168.1.254\d$ or \\server\d$. Windows, by default, maintains MRU list of Run commands, however, using a system cleaner or entering too many path every now and then updates the previously executed commands. WindowsRunHistoryEditor
is a portable tool which allows editing the MRU list (Most recently Used list) of the windows Run Console. You can also erase saved history data and create your very own Run dialog box list without having to make changes to the Windows registry. This way one can save most frequently used server and network drive paths, complex application launch commands with arguments, etc., to quickly access them from Windows Run dialog.
Before Windows 7, Run dialog box used to be a very important part of Windows operating system. Now half of the commands can be used in Start Search without having to visit the Run dialog box but still the importance remains. With suggestions becoming an increasingly important part of search, Microsoft have failed to implement this functionality in Run dialog box.
To open a windows tools from the Run command, you will have to learn some specific commands. To open Registry Editor you will have to type regedit, for Command Prompt it is cmd, and so on. But what if you want to open 3rd party tools such as FileZilla, Steam, Thunderbird, or any application from Run Command?
AddToRun is a free portable utility for Windows that helps you to open any file or application from the Run command. It works by assigning friendly alias to an application or a file, when you enter this alias in the Run command it will automatically open that application or file.
First select the program, then type the alias, and click Add. It will notify you that the alias has been successfully added. Read More
With Windows 7 / Vista many standard applications such as Windows Firewall got a face lift, the Disk Defragmenter interface changed to a dialog box with an added task scheduler support to schedule defragmentation of your hard drive. Since now it works on scheduled time, it automatically starts defragmenting as soon as the scheduled time is missed, which can cause disk thrashing and computer to slow down. Instead of letting Windows 7 / Vista to decide when to start defragmentation you should decide when and how it should run.
Note: If you are looking to enable your task manager if it got disabled by your administrator or some virus, then have a look at this post. This tip is for disabling your task manager, not enable it.
Sometimes one needs to disable the task manager to give clients limited access in a network or to prevent other users from doing a specific task. There are multiple software available for this purpose, but the best way is to disable it using Local Group Policy Editor which is build-in your Windows and does not require any software to be installed. Read More
Have you ever encountered a program or an application that just won’t run in Windows 7 / Vista? Either it gives a Blue Screen of Death(BSoD) or prompt a windows error, whenever this problem arises, a window pops up and informs that you can no longer run the program as the “.dll” files are not available in System 32 which is quite annoying when you want to run the application under tight circumstances. Luckily,Windows 7 / Vista has a compatibility feature to address this issue.
When I first started using Vista I felt that Microsoft had done a great thing putting the Search bar instead of usual start menu in Windows Vista but it became one of my major hang-ups, they made it so that we could launch our favorite programs with just one click instead of two. I was quickly disappointed to find that when you type a word into the search bar it is nothing like the old Start > Run command bar window. It starts searching for the words you type in, and many times you need to wait...and wait...and wait some more. Read More