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#1 Heretic Monkey

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 09:38 PM

Alright, i'm starting to get angry. I've tried everything i can think of, aside from downloading a 3rd party theme app, to change the color of my START menu button from GREEN to SILVER. It's ugly as bleep with the current theme, but it won't change to silver. The annoyance is illustrated below:

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Is there anything i can edit to change the color? Is there a BMP or something somewhere in the files that i can draw a new button?

Any help is appreciated, i just want to stay away from WINDOWSBLINDS or something similar.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 12:08 AM

:thumbsup: man I hear ya' !!

I just don't know how to help, though.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:23 PM

:BUMP:

Is there a way to change it without downloading an actual theme or something? I'd rather know that it's impossible than not hear anything at all.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 04:58 PM

http://www.msfn.org/board/lofiversion/index.php/t30585.html

Seems like this is the only way since the actual .bmp is compiled
into the explorer executable.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:37 PM

Looks like windows xp to me. Try:display properties>appearance and change to windows classic.
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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:42 PM

Looks like windows xp to me. Try:display properties>appearance and change to windows classic.

I don't want to go back to windows classic. It's too boring (and i've had the tweaked classic theme for a while now).

I downloaded that reshack thing, and it seems to work, but i can't get it to load the particular aspect i want. I guess i'll have to keep working at it to perfect it.

Thanx for all the advice, and your solution Raw.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:55 PM

I hear you. If you go here:http://www.theeldergeek.com/change_text_on_xp_start_button.htm you can put your name on it if you like. Good luck.
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Posted 24 April 2005 - 06:33 PM

Here is another option:The start button icon is found in the file user.exe in your windows\system directory. You can easly edit it. You need to change the 16X16 icon image in user.exe to your own. It can be done easly by using any icon editor.

1.Backup user.exe.
2.Load your icon to icon editor.
3.Copy your icon into clipboard.
4.You can't edit user.exe while Windows active so copy user.exe to some temporary folder for edit.
5.Load user.exe to the icon edior.
6.Select 16X16 image size.
7.Paste your icon.
8.Now quit Windows, and replace user.exe.
9.Start Windows

Change The Text In The Start button:


Open c:\windows\explorer.exe with a hex editor. Search for "Start" in hexadecimal format, possibly with 00 separating each character. Once replaced, reboot the system, and the new text will be there. Do not add more than 5 characters!

Move The Start button: Start moving



Thats it! Copied this from somewhere.
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Posted 24 April 2005 - 09:27 PM

Ok, i was able to rename the start button (to "Monkey) using Gunner's first post, but i've tried everything from Raw's post (the outside site) and nothing worked. I've tried it like 3 times, and it doesn't seem to work, so i have no idea what's goin on there.

Gunner's second post doesn't make any sense, either. There's no user.exe in my system, but there is one in my system32, but it's not able to be edited with reshack or any program i have.

Any more help?

Edited by Heretic Monkey, 24 April 2005 - 09:30 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2005 - 04:51 AM

http://www.overclockersclub.com/guides/xpstartbutton.php

Warning for users reading this thread: Editting system files such as explorer.exe
can have adverse effects on your computer possibly causing it to not work any more.
Please do not try this if you are an inexperienced user.

Edited by raw, 25 April 2005 - 05:06 AM.

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 08:08 AM

user.exe is in your system,i.e. C/windows/system32. If you really want to do this, which I don't think is a good idea, better get some decent editors to do it with.
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