run command not available in customize taskbar options

By ryandzundza ·
hi, im using windows xp home edition and iv been searching these forums for an answer but all the related post did not solve my problem,

recently i found out i had some spyware that disabled my task manager, while i managed to fix this i then noticed that my run command was missing, i went into properties to see if some one had unchecked it from there but the option was missing.

i looked on these forums and they said to open up gpedit.msc but since im a home user i dont think i have this file on my computer, also i tried using the windows + r command but i just get an error message saying the administrator has disabled this function or something to that effect, but i am the administrator and havent disabled anything

i have also run anti spyware/virus checks which havent helped,

any information or help would be much appreciated, i think i have told you everything there is to know but if i missed anything out please tell me and ill post back

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First verify ...

by IC-IT In reply to run command not available ...

That you are looking in in Start - Properties - Start Menu Tab Customize Button and not in the Taskbar Tab Customize. If still missing, look at this article for the Registry edit needed for XP Home.

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by ryandzundza In reply to First verify ...

thanks for the reply, yeah i was checking in the right place and i think that article you sent would of solved my problem but i was recommended by a friend to give linux a try instead of windows, so i uninstalled windows and installed linux, thanks any way though

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Try This!

by dsenerman In reply to run command not available ...


Just had your same problem and found an answer that worked.. This is not my knowlidge I must state.. its been copy pasted from an other site,.. with you the Best,


"Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the "C:WindowsSystem32" directory. Within this directory, locate the "gpedit.msc" file and double-click on it. This should open up the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to "User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar". On the right side of the screen, locate the policy labeled "Remove Run menu from Start Menu" and double-click on it. Set this policy to "disabled". Click the Apply button, followed by the OK button. Within a few minutes the Run option should become available again.

This set of instructions will work on Windows XP Professional Edition, but I am pretty sure that the gpedit.msc file is not available on Windows XP Home Edition. If this is the edition you are on, then go to "" and locate the link labeled "Restore the Run Command". This should provide you with a file that you can run and merge to your registry. I trust this web site, but you might want to take a look around it before you download and run this file. Merging anything to your registry is a risk, so it is always a good idea to make sure that you personally trust the source.

Something that you need to do after (maybe even before) you restore the run command is to run a complete system scan with an anti-virus program and a spyware program. The reason I suggest this is because the only times I have known the Run command to suddenly become disabled is when some form of malicious code had purposefully disabled it. Typically, other things are disabled, too, such as Task Manager or regedit.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Jesse ""

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by ryandzundza In reply to Try This!

thanks for your reply, i had already uninstalled and reinstalled Xp which fixed my problem but as you probably know isnt very pratical, so at least if it happens again (which i hope not now that i have some of the best rated firewall and anti virus/spy/malware software installed), i can follow you instructions, thank again

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