Change the start button in Windows XP In this step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to change the text in
your start button to whatever you’d like!
Disclaimer: I am not liable for any damage done to your computer system at all. This process is a registry hack, and if you mess up royally and do not back up your system properly, you could ruin your system. That said, this is incredibly simple to do considering I am only a teenager. Start by backing up your entire computer, if you haven’t done so already. (Just in case)
Download the program
to do this mod, you will have to download Resource Hacker, a
freeware program that lets us manipulate the Windows registry.
go to http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/, and then download
the europe version.
Use Resource Hacker!
Now you will open up Resource Hacker. Go to File>Open>explorer.
Change the start text.
Now that you are in explorer, on the left go into
String Table>37, and then click on 1003.
Select “start”, or number 578, and change start to whatever you
want. It can contain any number, letter, or other operation.
**** IMPORTANT: You *MUST* KEEP THE QUOTATION MARKS AROUND
WHATEVER YOU PUT IN! Otherwise it won’t work.
After you are done that, click compile script, and then SAVE AS
(not save) as explorer1.exe
Time to get dirty
Now this might get a lil confusing, so i’ll number the steps.
1. Go into your start menu, and hit run
2. enter regedit and then open.
3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows NT
CurrentVersion Winlogon, and select winlogon
4. Hold down ctrl+alt+delete, go into processes, select
explorer.exe, and then end process. ( now your screen will go
blank except for resource hacker, and your ctrl alt delete box)
5. Back to the registry…. scroll down and then double click on
shell. Change explorer.exe to explorer1.exe
6. reboot with the ctrl+alt+delete box and you’re good to go!