Rename Start Button in Windows XP


Are you bored of the Start Text in your Menu? Time to spice it up with any text you want! I thought that its a cool trick and needed to be shared.Thats why today presenting this trick in front of you.

 

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You can use the method described above if you want: In the US version of Windows XP Pro, the string is at 0EE36F (Classic-style button) and 0EE096 (XP-style button). But instead, we are going to use Resource Hacker (542KB).

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2.1. Bypassing Windows File Protection

1. In Windows Explorer, click Tools, Folder Options, then View. Uncheck Hide protected operating system files and check Show hidden files and folders.2. There is a file named filelist.xml in \windows\system32\Restore. Right click the file, then click Properties, and uncheck Read-only. Open filelist.xml in Notepad, and add the line shown in red below, then save the file and close Notepad.

<exclude>
<rec>%systemroot%\explorer.exe</rec>
<rec>%windir%\system.ini</rec>
<rec>%windir%\tasks\desktop.ini</rec>
<rec>%windir%\win.ini</rec>
<rec>*:\AUTOEXEC.BAT</rec>
<rec>*:\CONFIG.MSI</rec>
<rec>*:\CONFIG.SYS</rec>
</exclude>

3. In \windows\system32\dllcache, you will find a backup copy of explorer.exe. Rename it to explorer.bak.

2.2. Changing the name of the Start Menu button

1. Run Resource Hacker, and open \windows\explorer.exe

2. Click String Table > 37 > 1033 (XP-style button)

3. Replace “start” with whatever you want (“hello”, in the picture above)

4. Click the Compile Script button.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 for String table > 38 > 1033 (Classic-style button)

5. Save the file (File>Save). Hit Cancel then Yes when Windows File Protection pops up.

Note: If an error message pops up when saving the file, kill explorer.exe (Clt-Alt-Del > Processes > explorer.exe > End Process > File > New Task), repeat step 5 (save the file in Resource Hacker), and restart explorer.exe (Clt-Alt-Del > Processes > explorer.exe > End Process > File > New Task > explorer > OK).

2.3. Changing the icon of the Start Menu button

1. Click Bitmap > 143 > 10332. Click Action > Replace bitmap > Open file with new bitmap (the new picture must be 25×20, and have 16 million colors).

3. Select a picture file, click Replace, then save (File>Save) your work. Hit Cancel then Yes when Windows File Protection pops up.

4. Close Resource Hacker

If you do not want to reboot to see your new button, kill then restart explorer.exe (Clt-Alt-Del > Processes > explorer.exe > End Process > File > New Task > explorer > OK)

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