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How to Enable Run Command in Start Menu in Windows 7

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How to Enable Run Command in Start Menu in Windows 7

When you install the Windows 7 beta version, you can see some changes in the start menu when compared to Windows Vista. Similar to Vista, the Run command is not available by default in Windows 7. Many people who are still using Windows XP might want to see the run command in the start menu. Run can be enabled in Windows 7 as well like Vista.

1. Right click on any open area in the start menu and select Properties.

Properties window

2. Select the Start Menu tab in the properties window and click Customize button.

Start menu properties

3. In the customize window, check the box against Run Command and click OK.

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run command

Now if you open the Start Menu, you can see the Run Command added to it.

Start Menu

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  3. Tim Brazer

    January 16, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for the tip!

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  9. MN

    December 18, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Or.. just press Win+R…

  10. Colin H

    January 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for a great tip. Now to try and get rid of the rest of the Cr*p on start up on windows 7

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  12. Phil

    May 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Thankyou so much for this, I don’t know how you do it! Who would have thought that the way to alter the start menu is to edit the start menu’s properties? I don’t think anyone would ever think to look in the options to see if there’s a checkbox to turn it on – you know, just like in XP…

    Well done.

  13. helped

    May 20, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you so much !

  14. anilss...

    July 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm


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  16. Dinesh kumar

    December 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    thank you …sir !! 🙂

  17. rony

    February 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for a great tip.

  18. Arun

    August 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    There might not be a need to enable Run command in Windows 7. Instead, when you click on the Start menu, there is a place to type “Search programs and files”. Type there whatever program or path that you intend to open from Run. it works!!

  19. Nnpccare

    February 5, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Easiest way is to hold the windows logo key abd press the R key.
    Run pops up ready to use!

  20. Mawanerlangga

    February 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

    run has been cancelled due to restriction effect on this computer.
    How to repair?

  21. ??????? ??????

    April 16, 2012 at 3:11 am

    your the man . thank you so much . you saved the day ^_^ . god bless you

  22. anass

    April 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

    hello how can i save 20% of internet speed using run commands , can you give me a list of run commands to use with win7 and win xp thanks for your help

  23. alexanderdozie

    October 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    thank you soo much

  24. Khriez Scorp Methz

    November 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Ok here is my problem, I don’t have the ‘Run Command’ check box in the ‘Customize Start Menu’.

    So whats the problem there?

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