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How to Restore Run Command in Vista Start Menu

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How to Restore Run Command in Vista Start Menu

Vista has lot of improvements over XP in features and design. People who use Vista for first time complain that many commands or features available in XP are missing in Vista. When using Vista for first time, it may be difficult to spot common commands used in XP and one such is the Run Command. Run Command is not available in Vista start menu by default. You can always use the run command using short cut key- Windows +R. If you need the run command in start menu, you can restore it in 3 simple steps.

1. Right click on the Vista start menu and click Properties.

2. In the properties window select the tab and click Customize.

3. Scroll down and tick the box to the side of Run Command. Click OK and now you can see Run Command in the start menu.

More Tips and Tricks on Vista coming soon.

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  1. sid

    April 4, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Hmmm really very good! Makes it easy with pictures on.. thanks sir…

    Life rocks Nirmaltv !

  2. Madhur Kapoor

    April 5, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    THanks for the tip Nirmal. Till now, i was satisfied with Windows + R

  3. sid

    April 6, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Nirmaltv Sir ,

    I have mailed you regarding the theme through contact me form.. please look into the matter …

    I need your help sir…

  4. MobileJGames

    April 7, 2008 at 10:24 am

    wow, that was a nice tip… I am using the classical startmenu now for the only reason that run command is not present in the new version. And I started using the keyboard shortcut windows + R for this nowadays. 🙂

  5. Ashutosh

    September 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    its nice trick,simple but not known by everybody
    my problem was that i was not able to find the “run” in the accessories folder in the all programs as it is usually there..
    still after this trick that icon is missing at its right place..
    could u suggest how to recover that…
    thanks a lot..

  6. Aravind

    November 7, 2008 at 9:48 am

    We can use Vista’s new ‘Start Search’ edit box in the Start menu instead of Run command…

  7. laura

    December 3, 2008 at 9:20 am

    el programa de imágenes y video de mi windows mobil no abre y no puede ver las imagenes , pero al sincronizar con el PC estan como, restablesco para poder verlas en el mobil

  8. laura

    December 3, 2008 at 9:37 am

    no esta start search o no lo encuentro

  9. joao

    February 23, 2009 at 2:48 am

    can someone help me I can not upgrade in Windows Vista
    and see if I already have the automatic updates and got everything right.
    Someone help me ..
    THANK YOU ..
    sorry the English

  10. ben

    October 7, 2009 at 10:59 am


    i want to knoew how we can use gpedit.msc in vista.. this exe is not in home edition .. what hould i do

  11. Dale J. Martiny

    May 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks for the tip on how to put the RUN command on the start menu. It is a permanent fix, unlike the WIN+R shortcut.

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