Change XP start button – The Easy way

Hi guys,I have already posted a way to change the xp start button before and you can read it here .However after I received a lot of emails regarding to crypticness of registry editor and the need of replacing the Shell value to new value,I decided to write a more easier guide to change the XP start button.For this ,you will need a tool called Resource Hacker. This free program allows you to change resources in any .exe file such as "Explorer.exe", which includes the Start button's Label.Change XP start button – The second way

Download Resource hacker

After you download it, follow the guide here:

Change the Start text

  • Locate explorer.exe in your c:\Windows directory. Make a copy of the file in the same directory and rename it explorer.bak. Run "Resource Hacker" and open the file "%windir%\Explorer.exe".
  • You see a Tree of all Resources in this file.Expand the String Table folder and then find folder No. 37 (folder No. 38 if you're in Windows Classic mode).
  • Click on resource 1033 and locate the text that says " Start " and replace it with your own text. You don't have a character limit, but the text takes up valuable taskbar space, so don't make it too long. then press the [Compile Script] button.

Change your hover text

  • Open folder No. 34 and click on resource 1033.
  • Find the text that says "Click here to begin" and change it to something of your choice.
  • Click on the Compile Script button to update this resource.

Customize your Start icon

  • Collapse the String Table folder and expand the Bitmap folder at the top of your folder list.
  • Click on folder No. 143 and click on resource 1033 and You will see that Windows icon.
  • Go to the Action Menu and select "Replace bitmap." Select "Open file with new bitmap" and replace it with a bitmap image of size 25 pixels by 20 pixels.

Save the changes

  • After you have made all the changes,Save "Explorer.exe" as "NewStart.exe" . DONT save it as Explorer.exe,because that file is already being used by your system.

Go to File – > save as.. and give it a new name.Change XP start button – The Easy way

  • Quit Resource Hacker

Replace the Explorer

  • Boot into Safe Mode With Command Prompt by pressing F8 on startup. Then choose Safe Mode in the command prompt.
  • Log on as administrator and enter your password if you have any.
  • When the command prompt comes up, make sure you're in the right directory by typing "cd c:\windows" (without the quotes).
  • Now type

"copy c:\windows\NewStart.exe c:\windows\explorer.exe" (no quotes).

  • Type "yes" (no quotes) to overwrite the existing file, then restart your system by typing "shutdown -r" (no quotes).

When your system restarts,you will be able to see your start button with the changes you made to it.

I hope that was easy James…

Cheers and Keep learning.





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