How to get the Run icon back in Start Menu for windows XP

some viruses make the run icon disappears from the start menu, to make sure that you will not have the chance to remove it, well; there is no need to use anti-virus to do this, it can be done easily in two methods, i will write both of them here to give you the choice to use any ๐Ÿ˜‰

first method:

1. right click on the start bar, then properties

2. click on the tab start menu then customize

3. open the Advanced tab then make sure that the run command is checked , and welcome the run icon back!

Second method:

1. open the following path, but if you have the windows in another drive rather than ‘C’ then start from there instead of the ‘C’ in our path “C-> windows -> system32 -> gpedit”

2. open user configuration then the sub folder Administrative templates then to the sub folder start menu and taskbar, then from the right from the setting look for “remove run menu from start menu” and double click in its state (it maybe set to not configured or enabled)

3. change the state to be disabled -> ok and we are done !

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49 Responses to How to get the Run icon back in Start Menu for windows XP

  1. Steve says:

    Thanks – Appreciate the tip! The second method worked like a charm………I’ve been nailed by the ‘Antivirus XP 2008’ virus – been trying to get that cleaned off my machine.

  2. Steve says:

    Hi, I have the ‘disabled by admin.” problem also but it has disabled both regedit and the run functions. I’m on WIN XP, home edition, service pack 3. My task bar was ‘disabled’ but I found a fix online for that. This problem started after I uninstalled a internet filter by the name of ‘Parental Control”. Maybe it didn’t completly uninstall though I can find no remnants of it yet.


  3. me2blog says:

    well… u ‘ve no run icon in the start, no regedit and no task manager
    I had the same problem by a virus few months ago… and the three of ’em were fixed in the way I write in my blog
    actually I made these post after my problems were fixed …
    so u can check:
    How to get the Run icon back in Start Menu for windows XP
    Registry Editing Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator
    Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator
    u think that all these problems occurred after u uninstall a program, i dunno it might be…
    so what u need to do “after” get back ur run,task manager and regedit
    is to try to uninstall the rest of the program manually …

    if u don’t know how… this is the method:
    run -> regedit -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> sotware
    then u will find all the sotwares in ur pc… they r sorted alphabitically, so enter the first name of the program
    and check for a folder with the program name,,, sometimes if u uninstall a program from control panel or its uninstall option,,, some folders will remain there
    If u still think that u still ‘ve some parts of the program go to the run ->gpedit and check all the folders (but hopefully u won’t need this step)

    I hope all will be good,,, plz write me again if that work to let me use the same advice for others
    if not (hopfully this won’t be the case) write me too ,, to let me try again in this problem …..


  4. Steve says:

    thx, but neither method will work, I had tried them earlier today with no success. It’s locked up tight it seems. Can’t access run to edit register and can’t access registry edit to turn run on. If anyone else has suggestion besides restore, reformat hd, or run av software then I’d love to hear it. BTW, I found another forum where the user has the exact same problem with the filter that I downloaded, Parental Contro so I’ll be checking that out as well. Thx.

  5. syakirah_my says:

    hey..thanks for the tips..
    but i got another prob..
    i can’t right click at start!!
    i’ve scan my computer..
    there’s no virus..
    what to do?

  6. atul says:

    thanks for the solution….
    thanks once again….

  7. MJML says:

    Thanks for share this very helpfull information. I know that any people appreciated.

    Thanks A Lot!!

  8. Omar says:

    with the win “antivirus” XP 2008 (I hope these guys burn in hell) it helps if you can make a new admin account and then do the other mentioned in the forums.

  9. Frank says:

    Another way to get you RUN icon back up is to switch between the old start menu and the new. Follow the steps above, when you see the choice between the old and new start up menu chose old and apply. The run icon will appear.
    Now do the same again, and switch to the new menu. The run icon will now be there.

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  12. kenna says:

    Have tried the first option and is so unfortunate it wouldn’t work out for me, and as for the second option i cant see my local disc drive C from my computer, how do i go about that?

  13. jolo says:

    oww. thank you.. its awesome.. you help me a lot.. =P

  14. Josh says:

    I can’t do that because I can’t right hand click in any form. Nor can I run that because “You do not have the right”

  15. fazalulhaq says:

    thanks ……………..

  16. PRASHANT says:

    thanks dude a lot, but i have one more problem, i am not able to run command MSCONFIG

  17. josh says:

    i cant access gpedit does it makes a difference if im in user account?

  18. Hey dude I tried the 2nd method and set the “remove run menu from start menu” = Disabled and clicked OK and closed the window but there is no Run icon in the Start menu, Task Manager. Please help me my email id is “”. plz… email or reply me, I beg u! Thanks! I luv u guyz alot. Please help! or u can message me also on 7696707797. I will mail u some softwares if u want! Write the name of software in the Mail! My exceptations are from “LUCKY”, “me2blog”, “Noor”! plz help!

  19. Ganesh says:

    i understand your solution ,to enable run command, but i cont find run command in that page where you shown in picture, what should i do next

  20. sou says:

    the second method worked well for me.. thanks for the useful tip..

  21. mahadev says:

    thanks a lot, I got it

  22. Vaibhav says:

    I tried the first method and I could not see the enable run command option itself after clicking Advanced.
    In the second method I could not see gpedit option. Can you please help me out??

  23. syap says:

    thank you so much dude.. i’m really appreciate it.. good job ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. sahasra says:

    thanssssssssss a lot……… i got my run option back by 2nd method

  25. Rea Quiรฑones says:

    Please help me return my run option back to start menu….
    I have prevented making any changes to taskbar and start menu…
    I’ve changed it using the “GROUP POLICY”
    PLEASE!!!!help me…

  26. The Capt says:

    THANKS FOR THIS! Nasty malware ran rampant through my machine, this was the last piece of the puzzle to restore it, great job on the walkthrough.

  27. Karius says:

    THANK you so much!!!!! :))

  28. Adi says:

    Thanks a lot bro! I’ve used method #1 to solve this issue.

  29. john says:

    If you don’t not have access to the “Run” icon, look for the “Command Prompt” in the “Accessories” program folder (it is also located here: C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe). Once you open the command prompt you can typically start most programs by typing: “start “. For example, I can start the msconfig program by typing this at the command prompt: start msconfig
    start the registry editor by typing: start regedit.

    Hope that helps. My admin has locked down my system and this is the quickest way to get “Run” commands executed (if my admin allows it).


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  31. palpaker says:

    the run command of my computer is restricted..and it has a can i get the run?

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  33. aravindh says:

    really a helpful tips for me to know someting useful and interesting!!!!!!!

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    My computer\c:\windows\regedit\HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\windows\currentversion\policies\explorer and delete NoRun

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