Yes, "run" command was replaced by Search command and the good news is you can also use "Search" command the way users use the "Run" command.
Either of them is enabled or use -- works the same
Thanks for sharing auggie!
Recover the Run option in Vista's Start Menu
If you've installed Windows Vista, then you've probably noticed some
considerable changes in its layout and functionality. One item that went
missing is the familiar Run option on the Windows Start menu. I have no idea
why Microsoft removed this option, especially since plenty of "power users"
rely on it.
Microsoft replaced the Run option with the Start Menu search feature. The
search feature is useful. But as one of those people who uses the Run option
frequently, I expect it to be there when I need it (even though I typically
launch the Run dialog by using the 'Windows Key + R' keyboard shortcut). If
you're looking to get the Run option back on your Start menu, here's how to
Step 1. Right-click the Start button.
Step 2. Select Properties.
Step 3. Select the Customize tab.
Step 4. Enable the Run option.
That's it! If you're wondering how to use the Run option with Administrator
privileges, or how to customize the Start Menu Search feature, then keep
reading. I'll explain that in the next two sections.
How to run programs as 'Administrator'
Using the Run option is great for people who know exactly what program they
want to launch. Using Run is faster than minimizing all windows to find a
desktop shortcut. It's often faster than navigating an over-populated
Sometimes the program you need to launch requires Administrator privileges.
But you may have noticed that your programs in Vista run as a regular user.
If the program you run needs Administrator privileges, it most likely won't
run correctly without those privileges.
Bill Tobias writes to ask about this limitation:
"I have the Run option enabled, but for some reason when I use it the
programs that I launch don't have a high enough security level to do the
stuff that I need to get done. In other cases, the programs I launch with
shortcuts don't have a high enough security level to work right. Any idea
how I can get by this problem?"
Bill, the solution is relatively simple. If you need Administrator
privileges for programs, then you can right-click the shortcut and select
Run as Administrator. If you want to open a command prompt with
administrator-level privileges, then you can use the same process: Click the
Start button, then right-click the Command Prompt shortcut, and select Run
Customize Vista's Start Menu search feature
As I mentioned in the first item in this column, Microsoft replaced the
Start Menu's Run option with a new search feature on the Start Menu.
Basically, the search feature lets you type in a string of text and Vista
will then try to find files and programs that have the string in their name.
It's a decent way to find shortcuts to programs or files that you want to
launch (although using Run is arguably faster if you already know the
program or file name). William Simpson wants to know if the search feature
can be customized:
"I use the Vista search feature on the Start Menu, but sometimes it runs
slow. Is there any way I can make it run faster by maybe customizing what it
Actually, William, you can. To customize the search feature, right-click on
the Start button and select Properties, then click Customize. From there
you'll be able to select what the search feature searches.
To help speed up the search facility, consider unchecking the Search
Communications checkbox, and under the Search files list, select Don't
search for files. This will limit searches to programs and not other file