Change the Start Button in Windows XP

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Introduction: 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!

Step 1: Begin

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)

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: Use Resource Hacker!

Now you will open up Resource Hacker. Go to File>Open>explorer.

Step 4: 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

Step 5: 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!

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    How do you do this in later versions?

    WORD OF ADVICE:
    Just pointing out that, before replacing explorer.exe in the Registry Editor, you should close explorer.exe and open explorer1.exe. Test it out. If it works, do the registry junk. If it doesn't, DON'T DO IT.

    1. Download Resource Hacker (just google it) 2. Open these 3 programs and make sure their not minimized or blocking each other completely. You'll see why. a)regedit b)task manager (contro+alt+delete) c)resource hacker 3. Run Resource hacker and open "explorer.exe" file in your windows dir. 4. Open "String Table", then "37", then click on '1033" 5. Now, Edit the value from "start" to whatever you want. NOTE: APOSTRAPHE'S don't work, !? & . do. 6. Click on "Compile Script" 7. Save as: Explorer1.exe 8. DON'T CLOSE ANY OF THOSE PROGRAMS. YOU MAY SCREW UP. WE MIGHT NEED TO UNDO. 9. IN RegEdit, go to this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\ Winlogon 10. Scroll down on right side and open this string value: "Shell" 11. Under "Value Data", change from "explorer.exe" to explorer1.exe (or the file you just saved). This last step is CRITICAL. Otherwise, Bill Gate's baby can't find her crib...read...no start menu! If you like the result, just leave it alone. Your new file is identical to the original...no worries, mate!

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    please help me.my star name clean and did not apear please help me.i am bisiness man

    This is not work 4 me, Am using winXP P3. I test many Times on WinXP P2, and it didnt work. But Its only work for WinXP P2, it was successfully changed my Start Botton.

    If any one help me with P3, I would like to thankz Alot.

    Thankz you guys.

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    how you change your start name.will you press ALT+CTRL+DELETED then you end process start name.then you star new name?
    I have Code 2.My start name clean and my document apear why? please give ans Iam Bisiness man

    i am danial.i am live in pakistan,panjab,farooa.i have install window xp. i am change the star name but start name clean and my document apear what happen please give me ans i am bisiness man

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    Nice!

    I tested but it didnt work on WinXP Package 3. It works only P2.

    If you could help, i would to thankz indeed.

    Best wishes.

    CRAP! Didnt back up computer. wont restart! ****! ***! @!#$!

    I just did this to change a different part of the explorer, and it works great! great instructions!

    there is no need to reboot, just go to the applications tab and hit new task and enter explorer1. that is it one suggestion, change the start menu icon to be different

    how do u do it if you have WinWar

    man, thats quite a cool little trick. I haven't actually tried it yet because i don't actually feel like backing up my computer (I've learnt to get bored of this task through the many times i've had to reformat my hard drives), but using logic, couldn't you just "temporarily" do this by stopping the explorer process, and just loading up the new "explorer1" process? just out of curiosity, because i would actually rather do it without going into the registry while also having the opportunity to change it back to what it was originally may sound a bit stupid coming from a person who's never tried this but it's worth knowing before trying it. great Instructable though mate :)

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    No need to reboot. Just point the "shell" value to the new file u just hacked. want to change it back? Just run regedit again and change that value back to "explorer.exe" (no quotation marks, please. simple. ; )

    omg omg omg OMFG DUDE MY START BUTTONS GONE HELP!!!! I DID EVERYTHING YOU ASKED AND ITS GONE NOW WHAT DO I DO?!?! OMFG! DUDE I THINK U SCREWED MY COMP UP!

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    relax, you can get the start menu by pressing the button with the windows logo on your keyboard.

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