How To Restore The Run Command In Windows Vista Or Windows XP

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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.

Restoring the Run command in Windows Vista or Windows XP is almost the same process.

Method 1: Shortcut

First of all you can simply hold the windows key + R to bring up the command line window. This method is the easiest and works in both Windows Vista and Windows XP.

 

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Method 2: Start Menu Option

For this method, right-click on  the Taskbar, and choose Properties, now select the Start Menu tab

Customize Vista Task bar

With Start menu checkbox selected, click the Customize button, Scroll down until you see the option named Run command, Enable the Run command checkbox

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Click OK and then again OK to close the dialogs. Now the Run command will be added as an extra button to the bottom of the start menu.

Vista Start Menu With Run Command

Run command is one thing I cannot live without, if that’s the same case with you, then try this method to bring it back.

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  • venom

    i want to know how to enable the run command disabled by some virus in XP
    please help me with that

  • Willy

    i tried to restore my run command through your method 1 but the run command is missing in start and task bar properties

    • Jai

      Hi

      Please follow the below steps in registry.

      HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer and change value, any value for enable and 0 for disable

      Let me know in case of any issue.

  • veeru

    i tried 2methods but no use
    1st method says contact system adminitrator
    2nd no display run
    what should i do now, please help me

  • gandhi

    hi this is gandhi, I have some problem in my desk top, missing my run command in system. operating system is Xp .

    how to restive my problem, tell me proses, it is very urgent.
    i am waiting your response

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  • kthushiyanthan

    i tried 2methods but no use
    1st method says contact system administrator
    2nd no display run
    what should i do now, please help me

    • jayaram

      hi i tried two methods.. windowskey+R, and startmenu>customize> no run command.. what to do please..? did u get any any thing?

  • kthushiyanthan

    i tried 2methods but no use
    1st method says contact system administrator
    2nd no display run
    what should i do now, please help me

  • kthushiyanthan

    i tried 2methods but no use
    1st method says contact system administrator
    2nd no display run
    what should i do now, please help me

  • dufferdog99

    i have the same issue. there is no run in the customize window. any help please!!!!!

  • Kat

    I followed the directions for the 2nd method as well and no “Run…” option appeared in my start menu. Try restarting your computer after you’ve followed all directions above for the 2nd method. Then your “Run…” command should show up in the start menu. It worked for me.

  • Henry

    for some reason my window vista takes it upon itself to freeze after a while, when it gets like this internet explorer lags really bad.When i go to the main folder and try to open a folder it appears as if its trying to open many times.

  • Arun Kumar

    (1) First of all you can simply hold the windows key + R to bring up the command line window. This method is the easiest and works in both Windows Vista and Windows XP.

    (2)For this method, right-click on the Taskbar, and choose Properties, now select the Start Menu tab

    With Start menu checkbox selected, click the Customize button, Scroll down until you see the option named Run command, Enable the Run command checkbox

  • Arun Kumar

    (1)First of all you can simply hold the windows key + R to bring up the command line window. This method is the easiest and works in both Windows Vista and Windows XP.

    (2) For this method, right-click on the Taskbar, and choose Properties, now select the Start Menu tab
    With Start menu checkbox selected, click the Customize button, Scroll down until you see the option named Run command, Enable the Run command checkbox

  • Babu Reddy

    (1)First of all you can simply hold the windows key + R to bring up the command line window. This method is the easiest and works in both Windows Vista and Windows XP.

    (2) For this method, right-click on the Taskbar, and choose Properties, now select the Start Menu tab
    With Start menu checkbox selected, click the Customize button, Scroll down until you see the option named Run command, Enable the Run command checkbox

  • Rajdin2009

    First method says: The operation has been cancelled due to restriction contact administrator. pls mail me at rajdin2009@gmail.com

  • jzrver

    thanks…its working…….