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How to Access the Run Command in Microsoft Windows Vista

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Vista tips; How to access the Run command; Run prompt; Microsoft Windows Vista; Lexmark X2450; Lexmark Z840 Color Jetprinter; Lexmark X8310; Lexmark X7310; Lexmark P705 Photo Jetprinter; Lexmark Z703 Photo Jetprinter; Lexmark P6350 Photo All-In-One; Lexmark X6130; Lexmark X6160

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Background

The Run command, which was available in the Start menu of  Windows 2000 and Windows XP, is not visible in Windows Vista.

Accessing the Run command in Windows Vista

Most keyboards have a Windows key, usually located between the Ctrl and Alt keys.  If you hold down the Windows key and press 'R', a Run prompt will appear.
This may be useful if you need to start msconfig in order to limit start items, or msinfo32 to gather system information files (files with a .nfo extension). 
Msconfig has added a Tools section. Several common tasks can be managed from here, including Regedit, Event Viewer, System Information, Command Prompt, and Task Manager. (See the images below.) To open one of these tasks, highlight the task and click Launch.

The Tools section

Top half of the menu:

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Bottom half of the menu:

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