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Depending on your configuration and customization the Run command may not be visible on the Start menu. It's easy to make it show up.

When I go to Start menu I have no Run option?

One of the "problems", if you want to call it that, with computer systems is that almost nothing is standard. There are defaults, there are common settings, and there are recommended tweaks and personalizations.

The net result is that often for something as "standard" as Windows XP, it's very easy for one person's Start Menu to be quite different from another's.

And so it is with respect to the Run... command. Let's find and enable it for you.

Right click on the Start button and click on Properties:

Windows Start Menu Properties

Right away we can see that choice to be made: "Start Menu" or "Classic Start Menu". The good news is that the one you're currently using will already be selected, and I'm going to assume you don't want to change this right now.

"As you can see the Start menu is extremely customizable."

But, the options are a little different depending on which you're using, so I'll show you both.

Classic Start Menu

Click the Customize button:

Classic Start Menu Customize Dialog, Featureing the Display Run setting

Make sure that the Display Run option is checked. (If you don't see a Display Run option, then check out Why can't I enable the Run command?)

OK your way back out, and the Run... command should be visible on your start menu.

Start Menu

For the not-Classic version, once again click the Customize button. Then click the Advanced tab, and in the Start Menu Items list, and scroll down until you see the item Run command:

Start Menu Customize Dialog, Featureing the Display Run setting

Make sure that's checked. (If you don't see a Run Command option, then check out Why can't I enable the Run command?)

OK your way back out, and the Run... command should be visible on your start menu.

As you can see the Start menu is extremely customizable. Go ahead and have a look at the various options - it's one of the places that I actually spend a few minutes each time I set up a new machine, customizing the start menu to my liking.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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50 Comments
Dave B
May 19, 2007 10:05 PM

You can also pop-up the Windows Run dialog box by pressing the Windows Key and the "R" key at the same time.

pervej
May 20, 2007 10:25 PM

please slove my problem that is i hv done all the thing but i cannot restore my run command in start menu. plz help me!

sunil
May 24, 2007 6:42 AM

I also have this problem. I do not see "display run" in customize classic start menu. Also when I press Window and R key together, run does not come. Instead it tells me "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Howver when I log on to other user on the same computer, everything works. I have window xp home edition. Your help will be deeply appreciated.

Carole
May 25, 2007 7:05 PM

Thanks, works the same for Vista.

leila
May 26, 2007 1:35 PM

i have both 2 problems,
that is i hv done all the thing but i cannot restore my run command in start menu.also,I do not see "display run" in customize classic start menu. Also when I press Window and R key together, run does not come. Instead it tells me "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Howver when I log on to other user on the same computer, everything works. I have window xp home edition. Your help will be deeply appreciated.

Pankaj
May 28, 2007 10:25 AM

I also have this problem. I do not see "display run" in customize classic start menu. Also when I press Window and R key together, run does not come. Instead it tells me "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Howver when I log on to other user on the same computer, everything works. I have window xp home edition. Your help will be deeply appreciated

Will
May 30, 2007 8:32 PM

If anyone figures out why trying to use the RUN command on the startup window, doesn't work. PLEASE EMAIL ME!!!

Jennie Thingbaijam
June 6, 2007 1:11 AM

I also have this problem. I do not see "display run" in customize classic start menu. Also when I press Window and R key together, run does not come. Instead it tells me "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. However when I log on to other user on the same computer, everything works. I have window xp professional edition. Your help will be deeply appreciated

abdul azeez
June 12, 2007 12:27 AM

I also have this problem. I do not see "display run" in customize classic start menu. Also when I press Window and R key together, run does not come. Instead it tells me "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. However when I log on to other user on the same computer, everything works. I have window xp professional edition. Your help will be deeply appreciated

clive lloyd
June 12, 2007 2:19 PM

hey all, am having the same problem i've got win Me and i can't find Run neither in Task Bar And Start menu any body can please tell me what to do in this situation?

kokok552
June 14, 2007 8:08 AM

I'm facing the same trouble. When I try to apply what are recommended above, "Display Run" option is not available on my "Customize Start Menu".
Other strange thing : I can not enable "System restore" feature in spite of advices I already followed.

ali
June 17, 2007 12:21 PM

i also have a problem that i cant see the run option in taskbar and start menu/startmenu/customise/advance ... soo help me out ...

Sunny
June 21, 2007 1:46 AM

Hi Leo,
1) I can't see the run menu in my start option... i've tried doing by right clicking the start option then properties and so on... but the display run option is not there in any of the menu....
2) i am not been able to get my taskbar as it says that taskbar has been disabled by the administrator
3) My home page has been stuck upto some stupid adult link... i'm not able 2 change it. i tried doing it by going to tools>internetoptions>advanced but the homepage option is locked... i can't change it...
Please help me out.

Thank u very much in anticipation
Best rgds
Sunny

vishal
June 23, 2007 10:58 PM

i have both 2 problems,
that is i hv done all the thing but i cannot restore my run command in start menu.also,I do not see "display run" in customize classic start menu. Also when I press Window and R key together, run does not come. Instead it tells me "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Howver when I log on to other user on the same computer, everything works. I have window xp home edition. Your help will be deeply appreciated.

Aybhz
July 2, 2007 4:33 AM

Hi Leo,
I have this problem. I do not see "display run" in customize classic start menu, and also to the Start Menu/Advance. When I press Window and R key together, run does not come. Instead it tells me "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. What will i do? Thanks...

shashi
July 4, 2007 1:34 AM

Hi Leo,
I am also facing the same problem. I do not see "display run" in customize classic start menu. However when I log on to other user on the same computer, everything works. Please help. Thanks...

Leo A. Notenboom
July 17, 2007 1:38 PM

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brace
August 15, 2007 6:15 PM

i am still don't see the 'display run' list. Can you help me?

Mohan.R
August 29, 2007 5:25 AM

Still i follow these steps but i can't able to get the run command. When i try to open by pressing Win logo button + R it says it was disabled by system administrator. but i was logging as an administrator only please help............................... and give solution for me.... and one more thing even regedit was impossible to access..............

Liam
November 20, 2007 8:29 AM

Hi,
i have a similar problem, however when i open start,help and support is missing,even though it is ticked in the advanced tab of start properties,and when i click on start/run the following message appears "windows cannot create a shortcut here.do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?" i have tried everything,please help! thanks a lot in advance!

DaNyElL
February 2, 2008 1:38 AM

hey guys!....the simplest way to repair this RUN command and TASK MANAGER thingy is to create a new user and copy all your files from the Doc&Sett into the new users Doc&Sett folder. Worked fine for me:)).

vini
February 6, 2008 2:47 AM

Hi,
I have tried to late run on the customise startup as well as customise classic however, the option to activate "run" is not in the list. What do you suggest i should do to get it back

Thanks

ptank0
February 19, 2008 5:02 AM

My administrator has locked registry editors,in start menu run option, properties of task bar and start menu, add remove programme option. how to enabled this? what is the problem? pl reply me i m very confused

lynn
May 27, 2008 11:26 AM

Still i follow these steps but i can't able to get the run command. When i try to open by pressing Win logo button + R it says it was disabled by system administrator. but i was logging as an administrator only please help...and give solution for me.... and one more thing even regedit was impossible to access

suraj mathur
October 10, 2008 9:43 PM

I have this problem. I do not see "display run" in customize classic start menu, and also to the Start Menu/Advance. When I press Window and R key together, run does not come. Instead it tells me "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. What will i do? Thanks...

Carrie Malabanan
October 28, 2008 9:28 PM

Thanks Leo, i thought theres no way to fix since i have religiously followed the instruction and it doesnt work, but when i tried it out again, its really working.. Leo is such a great fixer.. thanks man!

Kant
December 8, 2008 12:55 AM

I had the same problem this method didn't work for me as well. I got this problem solved from here

http://tandt-u.blogspot.com/2008/12/enable-run-command.html

Rahul
February 24, 2009 5:35 AM

In either the "start menu" or the " classic start menu" when i tried what you had suggested i do not see the " run command" when i click on the customize button...

thair
March 5, 2009 1:06 AM

whats the program to operate open command in windows xp

Mannie
June 11, 2009 5:46 AM

I see the run command checked in customized menu but it does not show when i right click on start. Can you tell me how i use it if it is now visible?

ashish
October 21, 2009 6:09 AM

hey leo there is no option for run in custmise start menu window wat to do??? m very confused...pls reply me.....

Imran
November 2, 2009 4:26 AM

I have missing "folder options" and run command in windows xp. And 2nd thing is that when I tried to open regedit.exe,it just flashes for few seconds,and disappeared, Also when I tried to go to administrator tools, its windso also flashes and disappeared after fiew secondos.

Dylan
November 20, 2009 8:40 AM

I tried what you said but my computer wont let me right click it in the first place and my command prompt doesnt work.

ryan
November 21, 2009 4:55 PM

yes i follow your instruction but when i reach to the advance tab there is no such display run, i really dont get it..can anyone help me with this?please?

Magnus
February 16, 2010 9:40 AM

Here is an even easier way ...
Press the Windows Button and R on the same time.

Dhrubo
May 30, 2010 11:36 AM

Hey Leo, I have no option for Run or Seach window in the customise start menu option. So I can't use the run option and the search box.Please give me a feedback.

Dave McFarland
September 11, 2010 6:59 PM

My display run does not appear via the Taskbar Start Menu Properties. Where is it?

Rajesh
October 26, 2010 3:02 AM

How to check the system properties through RUN command?

Jane
February 1, 2011 2:25 AM

I can't see the run command in the customize window on start menu. i tried the windows button and R...this is what popping out when i press windows button and R at the same time.
"This operation has been cancelled due to restritions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator"

Naresh Sripada
March 3, 2011 7:42 AM

Right click on start menu ->click on "Command Prompt Here" -> enter the command "unlock" in the command mode.

Run button will be shown in Start menu.

cutie
April 30, 2011 12:09 AM

i have tried both the ways but neither of them are working so what should i do now ?

Mark
May 28, 2011 6:53 AM

Where can I find the run command on windows 7? I have an emachine brand. I have looked in the start menu, and I can't find it.

Right click on the Start button, click on Properties, the Start Menu tab, the Customize button and then in the resulting list look for the "Run" option, and make sure it's checked.

Easier, perhaps, is simply to type the Windows Key + R.
Leo
28-May-2011

DJ
June 3, 2011 6:13 PM

Thanks Leo, for all the help you give. Whenever I search a problem I'm having with my computer, I often see your site come up at the top of my search page. And I almost always use your help. The steps are easy to follow and they work. Thanks again for all your great help!

Ramya
June 11, 2011 11:17 PM

Sir,
I cant access the run command and there is no option in the customize start menu to enable the run command.What can I do for this?

Mark J
June 12, 2011 12:14 AM

@Ramya
There is a link in the article which you commented on which addresses the problem of no being able to enable the run comment in the normal way.
Here it is again:
http://ask-leo.com/why_cant_i_enable_the_run_command.html

Manu
July 24, 2011 9:30 PM

Hi, The option of 'run command' is not there in my system. That is probably because the IT has disabled it. Can you please tell me the way to crack it?

Nope. You need to speak with your IT department.

Leo
25-Jul-2011
Joe
March 27, 2012 11:58 AM

Thanks, your solution was fast and accurate...no messing around, just straight to the fix. I looked at numerous other sites (that were needlessly complicated) before I came across your solution. Thanks again.

Karl
September 19, 2012 1:39 PM

Thank you for you info on fixing a problem after uninstalling chrome. Simple instruction that I could even follow--adding you to my favorites

SirDavid-Andrew:
December 16, 2012 4:49 PM

Thank you, Leo. It was nice to read something that was straight forward and precise, without lots of techie nonsense. I have used XP for nines years and did not know that these switches were there. I was looking for solutions on fixing worthless Microsoft 7. I will see if this info will work on it, as well, since Run Command is no where to be found on Desk Top. While exploring the options on XP, I was able to make another change that I had been wanting to do. Thanks.

aloke roy
March 5, 2013 4:39 AM

good it worked from sys 32 keep it up

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