Change the Start Button in Windows XP





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 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.

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?

    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 start menu! If you like the result, just leave it alone. Your new file is identical to the worries, mate!

    please help 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.

    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



    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! ****! ***! @!#$!