Where is the Vista Run Command?

What happened to the "Run" command box in Windows Vista? Well, the gurus at Microsoft decided that regular users don't need to see it when they press the Windows key. For once, I actually agree with them. My octegenarian mom doesn't need to see the "Run" box and it's easy enough to find for the rest of us.

If you know the name of a program, it's usually faster to type the first few letters of it in the search box that appears when you press the Windows key.

It won't always work, however. Vista pretends, for example, that it can't find regedit.exe in the search window. For those situations, my preference is to simply press the Windows Key and the "r" key. Bingo . . . there's the "Run" box.

If you'd rather have the "Run" box show every time you press the Windows Key, here's how:

  1. Right click on the Start Button.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click on the Start Menu tab if it's not already in front.
  4. Click on the Customize button.
  5. Check the box near the bottom marked Run Command.
  6. See if there's anything else there you'd like to change.
  7. Click on OK.
  8. Click on Apply.
  9. Click on OK.

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