System Hacks: Fixing some problems with the Windows 10 command “Run” box

Windows 10’s command “Run” box can directly run commands or programs, which is very convenient. However, in the process of using it, sometimes you may encounter some problems, such as not being able to save the history, not being able to open the Run box, not being able to run the program as administrator, etc. So, how to solve these problems?


To quickly call out the “Run” box, right-click the “Start” button and select “Run”. Keyboard method: Press the Win+R key combination directly.

1. The “Run” box cannot save the most recently used commands

By default, after some commands have been used in the “Run” box, the next time you click the small arrow in the “Run” box, a list of used commands will automatically pop up, and users who frequently use specific commands can directly select to use them, which is very convenient. If this information is no longer displayed in the “Run” box, you can click “Settings→Privacy” in Windows 10, and under the “General” tab, set Under the “General” tab, turn on the “Allow Windows tracking apps to start to improve Start and search results” option switch (Figure 1).


2. Immediately delete the used commands in the “Run” box

If you want to immediately delete the command history kept in the “Run” box, you can use the Registry Editor in addition to turning off the “Allow Windows to track application startup to improve Start and search results” switch using the reverse process of the above method. to fix it.

Open the Registry Editor, expand to “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerRunMRU” branch, delete all items in the right window except Delete all items in the right window except “(default)”, and finally close the Registry Editor (Figure 2).


3. Press Win+R can not open the “Run” box

This situation is common in gaming keyboards, they usually have “Lock Win” key. First check if the Win key is locked, just press the “Lock Win key” to unlock it.

Otherwise, you can search for “Group Policy” and start Group Policy Editor, expand “User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Start Menu and Taskbar”, find “Remove Run Menu from Start Menu “Double-click it and select “Disabled” or “Unconfigured”, save the settings and exit, then restart Windows (Figure 3).


4. “Run” box can not run the program as administrator

If you run a program in the “Run” box and are prompted that you cannot use the program as a non-administrator, then you can look for an alternative to running it as an administrator. In this case, you can launch Task Manager by right-clicking on the blank space in the taskbar, and then click “File→Run New Task” in order to bring up the New Task box, enter the name of the program you need to run in the “Open” box, and check “Create this task with system administrator rights to create this task”, click “OK”, you can run the program as administrator (Figure 4).


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