Sunday, March 27, 2011

Change the Start Button Text

Step 1:

Create a system restore point just incase if something goes wrong you can roll back to the original settings. Make a back up copy of explorer.exe in a safe place, maybe in a different folder.

Step 2:

You would need to download a small freeware utility called Resource Hacker. "Resource HackerTM is a freeware utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler and works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2000 and WinXP operating systems." excerpt from Resource Hacker's Website

Click here to download Resource Hacker

Click here to visit the Resource Hacker's web page

Step 3:

Open Resource Hacker utility. Click on File ---> Open. Type "explorer.exe" in the text box.

Step 4:

Expand String Table ---> 37 from the tree view and click on 1033 as shown in the figure below

Step 5:

From the right window next to where start is written in front of 578 edit the text to what you want on your start button. For example I edited it to Wintipz as shown in the figure below:

Step 6:

Click on the "Compile Script" button on top of the right window. Now click on File ---> Save as ----> wintipz.exe as shown in Figure Below:

Step 7: Open registry editor by clicking on Start ---> Run and typing "regedit" at the text box. Navigate to HKEY_Local_Machine -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> CurrentVersion -> Winlogon

From the right pane double click on shell and replace "explorer.exe" with "wintipz.exe" as shown in figure below and then exit registry editor:

Step 8: Restart your computer to see the changes.

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