i suggest u learn what the "run" box is all about - it is the command prompt - in XP it is not quite like the old "dos" prompt where you were able to run "dos" based programs in windows or DOS commands. From the command prompt (in XP)you can run a number of systems files which you have added to your system - but unlike the old windows 95 command prompt there are no longer any "standard dos" type programs. With XP there are a lot of advanced type programs which can be used at the command prompt but i think maybe you are not ready for them as yet - they are not like the old DOS commands and usually reserved for advanced users.
If you need a list of the commands you will find them in the "help and support centre" - in windows explorer click on "help" and then "help and support" and do a search of "command prompt"
I would like to know how to get all the available comamnds in the run menu. I type help in the run command and a whole list flashes right by. I would like to be able to see the all. (ping, tracert, etc.)