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Change Start Button Name

Change Start Button Name

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Published by Arun Lal Sharma
Change Start Button Name
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How to Change the Nameof the Start Menu Button
Warning:
 
I shall not be liable for any damages or injuries. Before you start, you should make a backup copy of 
explorer.exe
, and know how to restoreit.
 
 
1. Windows 9x
The name of the Start Menu button is in
explorer.exe
. Since Windows won't let you modify the file, you mustmake a copy of it, modify the copy, then boot into DOS and replace the original file with the modified version.Make sure you back up
explorer.exe
before you start.Load the file into an hexadecimal editor, and search for the following hexadecimal bytes:
53 00 74 00 61 00 72 00 74
(= "Start"). You will find these bytes more than once, but you should only have tochange the last occurrence.Replace
,
 
,
a
,
 
,
w
 
ith whatever you want, butleave the
00
's in. If your new string is shorter than "Start", youcan either overwrite the extra letters with blanks, or you can change the length byte. Just before the first byte(
53
) there is a
00
and before it a
05
: this is the string's length. If the new string is "New" then this byte should beset to
03
-- this way the Start Menu button will not be longer than the string.The new string must not be longer than the original one, else Windows will not work.Note: The icon is in
user.exe
 
2. Windows XP
You can use the method described above if you want: In the US version of Windows XP Pro, the string is at0EE36F (Classic-style button) and 0EE096 (XP-style button). But instead, we are going to useResource Hacker  (542KB).
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 
i
 
n
\windows\system32\Restore
. Right click the file, then click
Properties
, anduncheck
Read-only 
 
. Open
filelist.xml 
i
 
n Notepad, and add the line shown in red below, then save the file andclose 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.
 
,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 
t
 
hen
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 > 1033
 
2.
Click
 Action > Replace bitmap > Open file with new bitmap
(the new picture must be 25x20, and have 16million colors).
3.
Select a picture file, click
Replace
, then save (
File>Save
) your work. Hit
Cancel 
t
 
hen
Yes
when
Windows FileProtection
pops up.

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