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How do I resurrect the Run command in Windows Vista?

If you still have not forgiven Microsoft for eliminating the Run command in Windows Vista, don't fret. You can bring it out of extinction fairly quickly with these steps.

If you still have not forgiven Microsoft for eliminating the Run command in Windows Vista, don't fret. You can bring it out of extinction fairly quickly with these steps.

Before I begin, I must mention that if you use the "out of box" experience with Windows Vista, the Run command isn't available. It is available if you change the Start menu to the Classic Start menu.

In order to change to the Classic Start menu, right-click on your Windows taskbar and choose Properties (Figure A). Next, tick the Classic Start menu radio button and click Ok.

Figure A.

The Run command now appears in the Start menu as shown in Figure B.

Figure B.

In order to get the Run menu to appear in the Windows Vista Start menu, right-click on the taskbar and choose Properties. On the Start menu tab, choose Customize (Figure C.) and tick the Run command checkbox (Figure D). The Run command now appears on the right-side of the Start menu as shown in Figure E.

Figure C.
Figure D.
Figure E.
10 comments
girlharmony17
girlharmony17

and if its still doesnt appear (the run command)in Advanced i sonly sees the printers and fax...nothing else..help me out

domfav
domfav

You can also open the Run dialog box without putting it on your start menu by pressing Win+R . This keyboard shortcut works in Vista and may work in XP

george.mattson
george.mattson

I don't know about anyone else, but I'd like to see a way to use runas on the context menu again. That way, I don't have to do a runas to launch mmc, then open the snap-in for ADUC.

zarathustra2010
zarathustra2010

1) The "RUN" command was NEVER "removed from Vista". PERIOD. IT is ALWAYS where it has ALWAYS been during the OOBE. And at least since Windows XP. We've ALWAYS had to select the "RUN" command from a list before it would be available. 2) Your "revelation" is NOTHING NEW!!! 3) It is language and articles like YOURS which make Vista seem like a P.O.S. Donald L McDaniel

dan
dan

I use "Window+R" so much I hadn't noticed it wasn't in the Start menu. I'll keep this procedure in mind for when our company starts converting to Vista.

zarathustra2010
zarathustra2010

1) Right-click on the Windows Orb (i.e., "the Start Menu button.") 2) Choose "Properties" from the Popup Menu 3) Click on the "Start Menu" tab 4) Make sure the radio-button beside "Start Menu" is activated. 5) Click on the "Customize" button. 6) From the popup menu, go down until you see "Run Command", and put a check mark beside it. 7)Click on "OK". 8)Click on "Apply", then "OK" (or simply "OK, if you want to save a mouse-click"). You should now have the Run command on your Start menu, if all was done correctly. By the way, this is EXACTLY the way it was done in XP. The "Run" command has NOT been "removed" or "modified" in any way since XP was released. It's always been where it has always been since XP, and still is, in Vista. Sorry some don't like this, but that's the way it is. If you want to find fault with Microsoft for making changes in their newest OS, please find something REAL to blame them for. IN this situation, they made absolutely NO CHANGES at all. By the way, ALL OS manufacturers "Make changes" to the GUI with each newer release of their OS. This includes Apple as well as the distributors of Linux. If users of Windows cannot accept this fact, perhaps they need to go to Apple, who will tell them exactly what Apple wants them to read, see, and feel. Why you folks get so upset at Microsoft for doing what everyone else does is completely beyond me. Maybe it's because of misleading articles like the original article we are responding to in this thread. It is obvious (as least to myself) that such misleading articles are causing many to pass Vista by. I guess their authors' purposes were fulfilled, as they hoped they would. The fact is, a few "journalists" took an early dislike to Vista (for whatever reason), and have been doing their best to stop its acceptance ever since. They have done a pretty good hatchet-job on Vista and Microsoft in the Press. I hope they're happy with themselves. Donald L McDaniel

george.mattson
george.mattson

Not trying to be offensive, but I think the article was offered in good faith. True, it's a bit misleading, but the OOBE, as you put it, is significantly different from XP. For a new user, Vista is going to look and feel a lot different, and they may not remember how to re-enable the run command (I always used the keystroke shortcut, so I honestly didn't remember right off the bat either). I'd be willing to bet that there's a lot of folks out there that have been overwhelmed by the multiple changes and appreciate the tip. As for this comment helping people to think Vista's a POS, I think Microsoft managed that all on their own. I highly doubt one minor inconvenience is going to sway anyone. However, having said that, I'd have to admit that I was one of the loudest naysayers originally, but that (post SP1) it's been fairly solid on a relatively mid-grade system. (I was a beta tester for our organization, else I would have waited.)

zarathustra2010
zarathustra2010

Friend, it is apparent that you never installed XP before. The "RUN" command is always "missing" from the Start Menu when you get to the Desktop after initial installation. It has ALWAYS had to be chosen from a pick-list before it would appear on the Start Menu. This is NOTHING new to those of us who've been installing XP and Vista since the beginning. By the way, when your company starts converting to Vista, I advise you to use the Global Policy Editor to place the Run command on the StartMenu, rather than doing it for EACH machine, manually. Donald McDaniel

srcharp
srcharp

Much of the functionality of the run command is built into the search box...simply type your command there...such as cmd, etc Plus an added feature, rather then hitting the enter key, you can right click the file you want to run when it appears in the start menu and choose run as admin

wratholix
wratholix

I dont use anything else.. point and click is a waste of time unless you cant get there quicker without using hotkeys. Nice tip on the search :) tx

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