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#1 OylE


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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:47 AM

Hacking your start button

Woohoo! more fun with the Windows XP start button! This time, I'll teach ya how to change the text on your start button like this:


This should work for any build of Windows XP including SP2.

1.) First, we'll be using a utility called ResHacker to do this. ResHacker allows you to edit system resources. It's amazingly fun (but potentially very dangerous). You can download it here:


2.) Next thing, we're going to make a copy of Explorer.exe.... so go to C:/WINDOWS, and find explorer.exe. Press Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste. Rename the copied version to something like explorer_mod. The original explorer.exe will be your backup.

3.) Now open ResHacker, go to File > Open, and browse for your explorer_mod file. Double click it to open it up.

4.) In the tree view on the left, double click String Table, and then double click "37". Finally, click 1033.

5.) In the first line within the brackets, you'll see the word "start". That's the current text of your start button. Change it to anything that you'd like. The longer it is, the bigger the start button will be (it auto-sizes itself). If you get rid of that line with start in it entirely, your start button will disappear :D I don't exactly recommend that though, unless this is for some evil prank.

6.) Press the "Compile Script" button, and go to File > Save.

7.) Now open up regedit. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Look for the String Value key named "Shell" and change that to whatever you called the copy of Explorer.exe (in this case, we'd change it to explorer_mod.exe).

8.) Hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to open up the task manager. Go to the processes tab, and end the process "explorer.exe". Go to File > New Task (Run...) and type in Explorer_Mod (or whatever you called the copy). Hit OK, and your new start bar should pop up.

9.) if you want to get your original start button back, navigate to that registry key again, and change Shell to "explorer.exe" Then Ctrl+Alt+Del explorer_mod.exe and run explorer

Happy h4x!

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#2 tg1911


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Posted 23 May 2007 - 01:17 AM

Warning: Editing system files, such as explorer.exe, can have adverse effects on your computer, possibly causing it to not work anymore.
Please do not try this if you are not an
experienced user.

A lot of people that have tried to change the START button, experience problems.
Before you make any changes to your Start button, you should read these 4 topics (Highly Recommended), and then decide if it's worth the risk:
1. Start button, Renaming "start"
2. change start buton ate my computer!, help
3. Change the start button text in WinXP, how 2 make the start button say anything
4. Safe Mode --missing--, What happened

Edited by tg1911, 23 May 2007 - 01:17 AM.

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