Run program by typing the .exe in the start>run dialog

My program has an .exe but if I type the .exe in the start>run dialog it does not run. Other programs like notepad.exe will run. Why will some program run and some won't?
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Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVEConnect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
It may be that the folder where it's located is not in your PATH variable, whereas Notepad.exe is in %windir%\system32\, which is always in the PATH variable. So, two ideas: (1) put the folder where your EXE is in the PATH variable or (2) fully qualify your EXE file with its full path in the RUN dialog. Regards, Joe
Try opening a CMD windows in the same folder as the .exe. Then run the .exe in the CMD window,
Maybe it's a service program, which many times do not have user interfaces.
Maybe it's an older program which doesn't run in Windows 7.
Maybe it's meant to run only under the administrator;s or System account
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Do you get any error message?
ladminacsAuthor Commented:
Added the PATH variable. Solved. Thanks Joe
Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. I'm glad that worked for you.
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