• How To Customize Your Start Button

    by  • December 21, 2008 • Tutorials • 0 Comments

    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

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