Windows XP “run” command missing

Issue:
Run disappeared from the start menu and taskbar properties
When u press winkey+R, you get the message that this operation has been canceled due to restriction on this computer. please contact your administrator

Workaround/Solution:

Open 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 available again.

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, such as Task Manager or regedit.

original post: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Windows-XP-3282/run-command-missing.htm

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