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CHANGE THE START BUTTON TEXT (WIN 2000 AND XP)
Would you like to
customize that start button from your desktop and says something
else than "start" ? You only have to think in a word of 5 or less
characters, that will place on the start button, and follow the
Manually changing the
start button requires the use of binary or hexadecimal file editor (for
the people that used to work with a TARTAN system it will easy), to
alter a CRITICAL WINDOWS SYSTEM FILE, it is therefore not
recommended for inexperienced users. To download the hex editor please
NOTE: This process has been successfully tested on
windows 2000 and Windows XP and therefore should be quite safe, although
I don't accept a responsibility for system problems or Data Loss.
The file that needs to be changed is Windows Explorer,
and it is essential to make a backup before you modify anything. "EXPLORER.EXE"
can be found in Windows directory, usually
C:\WINDOWS (In Windows XP) or
C:\WINNT (in Windows 2000). Make a copy of "Explorer.EXE" and place
in into another directory, C:\TEMP or
C:\BACKUP might be a good choice.
When you have already copy the "Explorer.exe" file to
the directory that you choice, rename it to "EXPLORER1.EXE: now
download the HEX Editor zip file (is in this page at the top of this
section), and unzip into the same directory (C:\TEMP or
So at this point you already have the renamed file
explorer1.exe and the unzipped file HexEditor in that directory that you
Now is time to edit our "Explorer1.exe" , so we have to
open the HexEditor file just double click the XVI32
file . When you have already open the editor, is time to
open the explorer1.exe file, just click from the menu file and
then open and locate the file (C:\TEMP\explorer1.exe), and just
open the file, you will see a window divided in three columns, we'll
work with the third column.
You now need to find the word "Start", although there
are many entries for "Start" in the file only one is use to label the
"Start" button. Use the "FIND" function (located in Search menu),
to find the string equal to "S t a r t" which is represented as "53 00
74 00 61 00 72 00 74" in hex values. As there are many different "Start"
strings keep searching until you find one located just before this text
"There was an internal error and one of the windows you were
using has been closed."
Once you have located the string, you can then replace
the letters in "Start" with five other characters. You must use exactly
five characters, if the word want to use less, replace the remaining
characters with the space key. In the example I have replaced "Start"
When you already replaced the five characters, it's time
to save the modified file "Explorer1.exe" and then copy back to the
C:\Windows directory, now you'll have
to file on the windows directory "Explorer.exe" and "Explorer1.exe"
Now we have to modify our REGISTRY, to make effective
the change on your "Start" Button. So you need to fallow carefully this
Before do anything close any open applications and
then press start button and click run, the run window type "REGEDIT"
and click on OK.
This command (Regedit), will open your REGISTRY Editor.
You need to find the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon].
Find the value named "Shell" and change it to equal the filename of the
new explorer "explorer1.exe".
To change the value named "Shell" just click it twice
and a new window will open (Edit String) and just type
exlorer1.exe in the "Value data" click ok.
Exit your registry editor and restart Windows for
the change to take effect. To reverse the change, modify the value of
"Shell" and set it back to "explorer.exe".
Well I hope everything works as you want, with your star
button, if you have any questions please let me know.
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