Tuesday, April 22, 2008

How to Customise Your Start Button

First you 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. You can visit Download.com and search there for "Resource Hacker". After you download it, follow the guide here:

Step 1:

1] Run "Resource Hacker" and open the file "%windir%\Explorer.exe".
2] You see a Tree of all Resources in this file, expand the "String Table"
3] Find the "start" and replace it with your own text. then press the [Compile Script] button.
4] Save "Explorer.exe" as "MyStart.exe" DONT save it as Explorer.exe, do "save as.." and give it a new name.
5] Quit "Resource Hacker".

Step 2:

1] Click on the [Start] button and choose the "Run..." item from the start menu. (Or use the shortcut key WinKey+R)
2] Type "RegEdit" in the Run "Dialog Box". And then press the [Ok] buton to run the "Registry Editor" program.
3] Go to:
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" and find the "Shell" property.D - Replace value of the "Shell" property to "MyStart.exe".
4] Quit "Registry Editor".
5] Restart your system.

Note about Registry Editor:if you did not find the key
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon", you can search the Registry for the "Explorer.exe", to do this use the Edit Menu Find Next (Ctrl+F).

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