I have several virtual machines with different builds of Windows 10 which I am using for testing purposes. One of my machines suddenly stopped saving the Run history. This was unexpected and very inconvenient, because I use the Run dialog a lot. Here is how you can fix it.
The solution is actually very simple. But it takes me some time to find it.
The following video demonstrates the issue in action:
Recently, I was playing with the Start menu in the virtual machine affected by the issue. I disabled its ability to show recently installed apps. This also disabled the Run history! This is a very peculiar change from Microsoft to combine the Run history with app history. The setting does not mention anything about the Run dialog and has no warning that its history will also be disabled.
So, if you have no history maintained for the Run dialog in Windows 10, here is what you have to do.
Fix Run does not save command history in Windows 10
- Open Settings.
- Go to System -> Personalization -> Start.
- On the right, turn on the option Show most used apps.
This will fix the issue.
Note: if the option “Show most used apps” is grayed out (disabled), then do the following. Open the Settings app and go to Settings > Privacy > General. There turn on the switch Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results. This will enable the “Show most used apps” option so that you can now turn it on and fix the issue.