I have scripted StartRun.bat to invoke the Start menu Run dialog.

The syntax for using StartRun.bat is:

call StartRun \[W\]

Where W is an optional parameter that will pause your invoking script until you press a key.

StartRun.bat contains:

@echo off                              setlocal                              set arg=%1                              if defined arg set arg=%arg:"=%                              if not exist "%TEMP%\StartRun.vbs" @echo CreateObject("Shell.Application").FileRun>"%TEMP%\StartRun.vbs"                              cscript //nologo "%TEMP%\StartRun.vbs"                              if /i "%arg%" NEQ "W" goto finish                              pause                              :finish                              endlocal