Power users who migrate from Windows XP to Vista soon discover there's something missing. (Performance! Device compatibility! Insert your own joke here!) I'm talking about the Run command, which made it quick and easy to pull up, say, a Command prompt.
Vista banished Run from the Start menu, but you can easily bring it back. Here's how:
1. Right-click the Start button, then click Properties.
2. Click the Customize button.
3. Scroll down until you find Run command and check the box next to it.
4. Click OK, OK, and you're done.
Now, when you click Start, you'll see Run just off to the right. Click it to launch your beloved Run box.
If you're still in a tweaking mood, check out a few other Start-menu customization posts: Show More (or Fewer) Frequently Used Programs in the Start Menu, Turn Vista's Sleep Button Into a Power Button, and Tweak the Start Menu's Control Panel Interface.