You just bought a new laptop and started using Windows 7, you are an advanced XP user, who uses the run command to do many tasks, like for example starting the command prompt, bringing the system configuration dialog, starting notepad or opening the temp folder, or maybe even to run ping commands directly.
Now you open the start menu and you find the search box instead. Don’t worry, you can do whatever you used to do from the run box. Because it searches files, programs, and executable. Yes it takes bit longer now, because it runs a search while inputting your command.
The good news is that the run command is still there, but it is not displayed on the start menu by default. To bring it back follow these simple steps:
1. Right click on the Start Menu
2. Click on Properties
3. Select Start Menu tab
4. Click on the Customize… button
5. Now tick the Run Command
6. Press OK to save the new settings, now you should see the Run… in your start menu
The good thing about the run command, is that it remembers your commands history, so it auto-completes them from you, or it let you select from the drop list.
PS: This applies to Windows Vista too.