How to Enable or disable Run Command box (Win + R) in Windows 10, 8, and 7?

Are you all familiar with the run command box on the operating system? Using the run command box, you can directly open an application like, Registry Editor, Notepad, Computer Management, Local Group Policy Editor, etc. But due to some reason if you want to disable the run command box in your PC/laptop. This rise windows article will guide you on how to enable or disable the run command box in your PC/Laptop.

There are at least two ways to enable or disable the run command box in Windows 10/8/7.

  1. Using Local Group Policy Editor
  2. Via Registry Editor

How to Enable or Disable Run Command box using Group Policy?

To enable or disable run command box using group policy, do the following steps;

Step 1. Firstly, Open Local Group Policy Editor.

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Step 2. Then, under the Local Group Policy Editor window, from the left side pane, navigate to the following path:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

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Step 3. Next, On the right side pane of the “Start Menu and Taskbar” folder, look for the policy name “Remove Run menu from Start Menu.” Double-click on it to open its settings.

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Step 4. Then, Click Apply.

Step 5. After that, Click OK.

That’s it.

Now, try to access the Run command box by pressing Windows logo + R keys or any other method. You should fail to open the run command box.

If you want to enable the Run dialog box again, repeat the above steps, and in step 3, select the Not Configured option.

How to Turn on or Turn off Run Command box via Registry Editor?

Unknown editing Windows Registry may damage your Windows installation; hence, we recommend taking a full backup of Windows Registry and creating a system restore point. To enable or disable run command box using Registry editor, do the following steps;

Step 1. Firstly, Open Registry Editor.

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Step 2. Navigate to the following key from the left side pane of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

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Step 3. Then, On the right side of the Explorer folder, right-click on an empty area, select New and then click on DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it as NoRun.

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Step 4. Next, On the right side pane, double click on the NoRun. Set Value data to 1, and finally, click the OK button.

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Step 5. Now restart your computer.

After completing the above steps will disable or turn off the Run dialog box on your Windows 10, 8, or 7 PC. If you want to turn on or enable the Run command box again, repeat the above steps, and in step 4, set the Value data to 0.

That’s it.

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