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Securely Disable The Run Menu In Windows 10

The Windows Run Menu (also known as Run Command or Run Dialog Box), Is a very powerful utility that allows you to perform an array of tasks, such as accessing the Command Prompt, the Windows Registry, execute programs and the list goes on. This means that anyone sharing your computer, can do the same and perhaps with malicious Intent. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely disable the Run Menu In Windows 10.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. One way of accessing the Run Menu, Is to locate the Search box, type run In the Input field and hit the Enter key on your keyboard. It will then execute as shown In the Image below.

As mentioned In the beginning of this article, you can execute commands or browse directories to access programs & applications, and also launch critical system files. It's all well and good when doing this for personal reasons, but users sharing your PC who're Inexperienced with the Windows operating system, can (unintentionally) cause Irreversible damage to the point of corrupting your computer.

Due to this, I will demonstrate how to securely disable It, by using the good old Group Policy Editor. Do note, that the GPE Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. The process Is extremely simple, so without further ado, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

The first thing you need to do, Is access the Group Policy Editor. Open the Search bar, enter gpedit.msc and click on the search result at the top as Illustrated below.

Step Two:

The Group Policy Editor will now open, so navigate to the following directory.
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Make sure that the Start Menu and Taskbar folder Is selected, and on the right pane, double-click on Remove Run menu from Start menu.

Step Three:

To the left of the window, select the Enabled radio button, and then hit Apply & OK to finalize the process.

Step Four:

The Run menu Is now securely disabled. Let's try accessing It, by opening the Search bar, entering run and clicking on that very search result (Run) at the top.

Last Step:

As you can see, an error message has been returned, confirming that access to the Run menu has been disabled.

Final Thoughts:

One of the advantages of applying this Implementation, Is that there's no room for corruption when working with the Group Policy Editor. The Windows Registry on the other hand, Is susceptible to system Instability and/or loss of functionality when Incorrectly edited. To reverse the change and have the Run menu functioning as per It's original state, refer to Step Three above, and select the Not Configured radio button. Don't forget to hit OK.


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