How to rename the Start button in XP using Resource Hacker

As earlier mentioned in an article, it is possible to change the name of the Start button in XP. In the previous article was described how to do this manually. Resource Hacker is a tool, which does the Hex editing for us.

Simply run Resource Hacker, open the explorer.exe (found in the Windows directory) – and you are ready to make changes.

To change the Start button name do:

  • Expand the category String Table.
  • Navigate down to and expand string 37 followed by highlighting 1033. If you are using the Classic Layout rather than the XP Layout, use number 38.
  • Modify item 578, currently showing the word “start” just as it displays on the current Start button. (Dobbeclick and write a new name on 578)
  • After changing the item 578 hit the compile script button

You are now ready to save altered file using the Save As command (found in the File Menu). Do not overwrite the exiting file – save it as explorer.exe but in a subdirectory in windows. E.g. create a new sub directory ex. Tweak and save it there ;-)

After wards you have to update the registry. Open up regedit and find the key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]

Here you have to change the value for Shell, so that it fits you new explorer file.

Ex. Shell Value = ‘tweak/explorer.exe’

Close Registry Editor and either log off the system and log back in, or reboot the entire system if that’s your preference – and you are ready to go :-)

You can get Resource Hacker here

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