Run Command Button Not Visible in Start Menu

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 20, 2008



We have received this problem from our readers that in his windows  Start Menu, he can not find the Run button. Look at the image below.


No run command here


This usually happens because of the start menu items settings. These settings may be altered by some virus or malicious script.


Let us see how this can be fixed in a few simple steps.



Follow the steps below:


1. Right click on task-bar and click properties, this will launch the Taskbar and Start Menu properties window.

right click taskbar


2. On this menu, click on Start Menu tab as shown in image below. Click on Customize button. This will launch Customize Start Menu Window.


taskbar properties


3. On this Customize Start Menu, click on Advanced tab. In start menu items check the option Run command.

enable run command


4. Click on apply and ok. Now you can see the run prompt as below

run command enabled


Done !


Update: we have just received some comment in this post where a user says he is still not able to see run command in start menu.


If the above procedure is not working then you can try pressing Window + R to open run and type your command, and if does not work then your Run is disabled by system security policy or by some virus.


So first make your system virus free by updating your anti virus and run a fresh scan it might help.  

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

sudhakar babu May 20, 2008 at 8:48 pm

i tried to u r given steps but not see the run command

plz plz send the one more

abhishek bhatnagar May 21, 2008 at 11:28 am

@sudhakar: we have updated the post, we hope the updated post will help you fix the trouble.

if still it does not solve your problem then refer to this url

sudhakar babu May 21, 2008 at 6:19 pm

user profile is correpted and again create new user
profile but run command is there i think the problem is user

cryll July 19, 2008 at 1:04 am

Oh its great to know this thing it will help me to delete some annoying files on my computer.


Suresh Patel July 29, 2008 at 12:44 am

I am using winXp OS. When i starts the computer, My Document gets opened automatically. Also there is no entry in the startup folder.

Another thing is that when i starts the computer following message appears near to systray:,

c:\windows\svchost.exe contains hidrag-VBS

what to do, please suggest some idea.


bing25 December 15, 2008 at 1:51 am

thanks for the solution but it does not work. i have been infected with this virus… what shall i do… please help…

Ashok singh April 13, 2009 at 8:25 pm


venki April 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm

sir.. thank you for helpful information .. thank you so much..

Triyan September 19, 2009 at 9:51 pm


Exel October 4, 2009 at 5:12 am

even the property from Taskbar and Start Menu properties window can’t be opened it says when i try to open the properties “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.”

anyone help me pls

Munish November 19, 2009 at 12:21 am

Sir i a’m using win xp os. my problem is, the run option is not in the strart menu. its also not accessible in the taskbar properties–>customize–>advanced tab. another problem occuring is that no application exists for more than 3 seconds


goldi April 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm

if still not showing what i will do after it plz help its really urgent plzzzzzzzzzzz……………

vignesh September 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm

heyy do one thing get one full version antivirus what i am using is avast it will help u solve errors & these kind of probzzzz ………………… or run in safe mode & customize start menu………..

sastry September 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm

thank uuuuuuuuuuu

sastry September 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm

it not finding plzzzzzzzzzzz snd me 1mre

nitisha October 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm

hey there is no ‘run’ in my ‘advanced’ tab to check it :(
plz help!!

sahil December 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm

same nitisha plz help

nitisha December 30, 2010 at 7:39 pm

SUPER anti spyware is really good for this.
try out!!
i’ve got my problem solved with it.

sam January 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

i understand what u r saying but the run command option does not appear in customise start menu also. the run option in not visible in customise option also. please help me & reply soon

Prasanna May 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

I ’m using windows xp os. my problem is, run option is not there in the start menu. and also it is not there in the taskbar properties–>customize–>advanced tab

dodskie August 17, 2011 at 7:19 am

same as mine….

DCC September 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

My start menu Run has been converted to a folder. While “Window Key + R” works, have not be able to restore icon to proper function. I have the same problem with the “Help and Support” and “Search” buttons.

DCC September 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

My start menu Run has been converted to a folder. While “Window Key + R” works, have not be able to restore icon to proper function. I have the same problem with the “Help and Support” and “Search” buttons. Any suggestions? (Windows XP)

londangsm September 14, 2011 at 10:54 am


Chris Goddaqd October 27, 2011 at 6:28 am

WONDERFUL advice!! BUT! (Always a but eh??) This piece of particular INFO is directed at windows X P users!!!! I am an win7 users and said as much when said info was asked for. So about as much use as a chocolate fire-guard really??

Now how about win7 then???

Nithin November 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

Good solution, and a simple one.

nana December 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

sir. even RUN COMMAND is not visible on this Customize Start Menu, please help me

super February 22, 2012 at 11:04 am


vishal madishetty April 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm

my problem is solved..thx alot..

nish May 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

run command is not there in start menu..and even not there in customized for checking it..antivirus softwares are not installing to my system..wat should i do now???plzzzz help…

krishna teja December 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm


krishna teja December 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Thanks a Lot….

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