How To Customize 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:

A – Run “Resource Hacker” and open the file “%windir%\Explorer.exe”.
B – You see a Tree of all Resources in this file, expand the “String Table”
C – Find the “start” and replace it with your own text. then press the [Compile Script] button.
D – Save “Explorer.exe” as “MyStart.exe” DONT save it as Explorer.exe, do “save as..” and give it a new name.
E – Quit “Resource Hacker”.

Step 2:

A – Click on the [Start] button and choose the “Run…” item from the start menu. (Or use the shortcut key WinKey+R)
B – Type “RegEdit” in the Run “Dialog Box”. And then press the [Ok] buton to run the “Registry Editor” program.
C – 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”.
E – Quit “Registry Editor”.
F – 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).

AmirBehzad Eslami’s site has a handy tool for altering your start button, which makes life much easier, you can find his site here:
h**p://www.startbtn.main-page.com

Amol Wagh

Author is a Tech blogger & loves to share his work on web by writing guidelines for Ethical Hacking students & Security professionals. Performing various types of hacking from pen test to smartphone hacking – He enjoys hacking just for personal research purpose.

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