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Disabling the run dialogue is very useful when protecting your computer from unwanted changes — especially by those who know what they’re doing! In this guide you’ll learn how to disable the run dialogue.

This guide is included as part of the Windows Guides security and administration series. Please visit the main page if you would like to learn why this guide may be useful.

Please Note: This guide involves the use of the Group Policy Editor, which is not included with Vista Home Premium/Basic or Windows XP Home. If this is the first time you are using the Group Policy Editor, read this guide.

Unfortunately I do not know how to do this tweak using only the registry. If you know how, please contact me.

Disabling the Run Dialogue

  1. Start Group Policy Editor (Start > Run > “gpedit.msc”)
  2. In the left panel, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
  3. In the right panel, enable Remove run from Start Menu

Disabling the Run Dialogue Disables the following actions:

  • Clicking Run on Start menu.
  • Pressing WINKEY+R for the run dialogue
  • Running a New Task command in Task Manager.
  • Entering A UNC path (\\\) in the IE address bar
  • Accessing ALL local drives and folders


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