How to Disable Run Command in Windows Using Registry Editor

Are you one of the geeks who always loved to play with the computer and keep trying new things? Exploring new things? If so, this article is for you. Basically, this is a registry tweak to limit the functionality of windows explorer. By limit, I mean how you can disable one of the powerful and mostly used shortcuts of windows; that’s the RUN command box using which you launch your favorite program all the time.

In this registry trick, we will learn how to Disable run dialog BOX from the start menu. It is not a troubleshooting tip, but just a trick which you can use to prank on your friend’s computer and let me become mad. Later fix this yourself and impress them.

Other than that, it can be useful in small offices to put restrictions on computers like a system admin may want the users not to access RUN dialog box.

This trick will work on All Version of Windows.

Here is the step by step guide on how to accomplish this : –

  • Open Registry editor
    • Windows XP users can type “regedit” in start=>Run BOX
    • Windows 7 users can open registry by typing “regedit” in start menu search box.

How to Disable Run Command in Windows Using Registry Editor 2

  • Expand to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer ”
  • Right click in the White space and click new =>Dword value
  • As the name of the value put “NoRun” (without quotes).
  • Double click on the new value you just created, As the value data put 1.
  • That’s it, Now restart your computer. Now when the computer boots up, You will not see the RUN Box in start menu.

To get your run box back, Follow below steps.

  1. Browse to C:\Windows and double click on “regedit.exe”.
  2. Navigate to same place, As shown in step 4 above.
  3. Delete the value “NoRun” or change the value data from 1 to 0.

    When you change anything to 0, it means disabled whether 1 means enable.

How this works:-

The registry key “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer” is checked by windows explorer before it presents the desktop. Any restrictions mentioned here will take effect for that particular user.

Disclaimer: The above changes required making changes in Windows Registry. Do not mess with the keys you do not know about. It can cause your system to become unstable. If something goes wrong, Do not panic and try to undo what you have done or asked for help with detailed information about what sort of problem you are encountering . Backup your registry before making any changes.

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