Run Command Button Not Visible in Start Menu


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.  


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

    plz plz send the one more

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

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


  4. 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.


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

  6. 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

  7. 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

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

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

  9. 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………..

  10. hey there is no ‘run’ in my ‘advanced’ tab to check it 🙁
    plz help!!

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. 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???

  17. 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…

  18. I m not getting run command option in advanced settings… should I try it…please help me…

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