Q. Run disappeared from the start menu and
Iíve pressed winkey+R & got this message this operation has been cancelled due
to restriction on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.
Could you please help me to get run back. Your help is highly appreciated.
Windows Explorer and navigate to the "C:\WindowsSystem32" directory. Within
this directory, locate the "gpedit.msc" file and double-click on it. This
should open up the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to "User Configuration ->
Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar". On the right side of the
screen, locate the policy labeled "Remove Run menu from Start Menu" and
double-click on it. Set this policy to "disabled". Click the Apply button,
followed by the OK button. Within a few minutes the Run option should become
This set of instructions will work on
Windows XP Professional Edition, but I am pretty sure that the GPEDIT.MSC
file is not available on Windows XP Home Edition. If this is the edition you
are on, then go to "http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm"
and locate the link labeled "Restore the Run Command". This should provide you
with a file that you can run and merge to your registry. I trust this web site,
but you might want to take a look around it before you download and run this
file. Merging anything to your registry is a risk, so it is always a good idea
to make sure that you personally trust the source.
Something that you need to do after (maybe even before) you restore the run
command is to run a complete system scan with an
anti-virus program and a
spyware program. The reason I suggest this is because the only times I have
known the Run command to suddenly become disabled is when some form of malicious
code had purposefully disabled it. Typically, other things are disabled, too,
Task Manager or
Let me know if you need anything else.
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