Where is the Windows 7 Run Command?
This page will explain what's happened to XP's run command, and better still, how you can embrace the new 'Search' dialog box.
Topics For Windows 7's Run Command
When I failed to find the Windows 7 Run command, the underlying cause was Guy being a Luddite, and trying do something the old way.
What I should have done was embrace the new way and simply adopt Windows 7's Search programs and files dialog box. All that we need is to do is type the name of the executable, e.g. cmd, in the Search dialog box. See screenshot opposite.
As you configure Windows 7 so you will come to love the way that the new Start Search subtly combines the best of the old XP 'Run box', with the improved Windows 7 Search. What I particularly like is the way the interface displays all the matching programs as I typed just the first few letters.
You will also find Quick Search (a sister of Start Search), in the new Windows Explorer. A case of learn a tool in one area and then apply that knowledge to another interface.
If you really want to be a Luddite and display the obsolete Run command, then the solution is to add Run to the Start Menu.
Instructions: Click on the flashy new Start Orb, Properties, Start Menu and Customize. Scroll down, until you find the Run command and tick the box.
In truth, what I did at first was to find the cmd executable and Pin to Start Menu. Then, one day, I remembered the old trick of pressing Windows Key and R, which launched the Run box, from there I typed CMD. Note this requires WinKey +R and not Ctrl.
Tip Dot: Type a dot, period (.) in the run box. This should provide a shortcut to your own profile. To rephrase in the Run dialog box type just a full stop. Result explorer opens showing the files of the user who is logged on.
Tip Control: You can also type the word Control in the Run dialog box. Also Control Printers opens up that folder.
Windows 7's new behaviour of hiding the Run command is clearly 'by design'. Perhaps future generations of users will not be aware of the existence of Run. Actually the default of hiding the 'Run' command, seems like a pre-empting Group Policies, since in XP administrators use this method to prevent ordinary users seeing the Run box.
CMD Prompt - IPConfig
One reason why people like the Run box is to launch the CMD 'Dos box'. Perhaps their goal is to check the Windows 7 IP addresses.
When I typed ipconfig the first surprise was an IPv6 address, presumably assigned automatically by APIPA. Overall, the look and feel was much as in XP, however each new operating system brings additions to the Ipconfig data, for example in Windows 7, System Quarantine State.
Ipconfig has one new switch, Ipconfig /allcompartments; I have found no killer use just yet, it seems very similar to Ipconfig /all - perhaps it's me being a Luddite again!
Trap 1: Instead of typing CMD, you launch the even older program: command.com. Symptoms include 'Console Session' error.
'The requested operation requires elevation'
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