How to Open Any Program With Run

Run is a handy utility to open Windows 10 system tools with. For example, you can open the MSConfig System Configuration window by entering ‘msconfig’ into Run. However, aside from system tools, you can also open any software package with Run by editing the registry.

First, open the Registry Editor by pressing the Win + R hotkey and entering ‘regedit’ into Run. Then browse to this key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths. That will open the key below which includes all the programs you can open with Run.

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Next, you should right-click Apps Path and select New > Key to add a new key. Then enter the software package title as the key title. For example, if you’re going to open Firefox with Run, then enter ‘Firefox.exe.’

Now select the key you just added and double-click (Default) on the right. That will open the Edit String window below where you should enter the full software path to open. So that could be something like C:\Program Files (x86)\Launchy\Launchy.exe. Make sure you include all the subfolders and the software exe.

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Then right-click an empty space on the right of window, select New > String Value and enter ‘Path’ as its title. Double-click Path and enter the path of the folder that includes the software you’re going to open with Run. So it’s basically the folder path of the software with the program exe left out as shown in the snapshot below.

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Now close the Registry Editor and launch the program you just set up to open with a Run command. Enter the software title in Run, and it should then open. You can set up a variety of software packages to open with Run much the same.

Posted by Matthew on November 9, 2016

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