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Hack the Start Button!

video Hack the Start Button!
Quickly and easily change the text in your start button!

As I said in a comment below, I know this has already posted. I also included some instructions below on what to do. (Video is a little hard to read)

Instructions:

Warning: This step can mess up your computer if you do not do it right, please read through the entire step first before attempting. I am not responsible for any damage you might do to your computer.

I know there is already an instructible out there for this (I would include a link, but I couldn't find it) but I am going to post how to do this anyway. You will need to download Resource Hacker in order to do this. Once you have downloaded it open it up and go to file--> open. Open C:/WIndows/explorer. Now on the left hand side of the screen go to String Table and then the number "37" and then "1033". You will find that there are a couple of lines of code on the right side of the screen now. It should look like this:

STRINGTABLE
LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US
{
578, "Start"
579, "There was an internal error and one of the windows you were using has been closed."
580, "Restrictions"
581, "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."
590, "Hiding your inactive notification icons..."
591, "To see the hidden icons, click this button."
}

On the first line where it says start, put anything you want between the quotes and it will show up on your start button. Just make sure you put something there because if you dont you will screw up your registry. (Thats Bad) Now click file-->SaveAs and save the new file as explorer2, this way if you mess something up you will still have a copy to go back to. Now for the hard part. Type Windows + R and then in the box that should show up type regedit. A screen should come up called registry editor. On the left hand side of the screen you want to go to H_key Local_Machine then Software then Microsoft then Windows NT then Current Version then Win Logon. Now there should be a bunch of text on the right hand side of the screen. Scroll down to shell and one of the names should be "Shell" with data called "explorer". Before you do this next step make sure you have read to the end of this page and completely understand how to do this. Right click on the shell row and select modify and type explorer 2.exe. Once you have done this you have to end the current process of explorer through Task Manager. Before you do this read through this to the end as this step will close your task bar your icons and everything else on the screen except for Task Manager. Once you have ended the "explorer" process click on the new task button on Task Manager. Now type in explorer2.exe into the new task text box. If you did everything right whatever you changed your start button to should be there. If something happened and you have no task bar or anything, then dont panic. All you have to do is go and end the explorer2 process and go to new task and start the original explorer process by typing explorer.exe into the new task text box.
does this work in vista? Cuz the start button is simply an icon.
--Thatguy--6 years ago
well.... i tried it and now my comp is screwed... when i tried to run "explorer.exe" it came up with My Documents
alfonso (author)  --Thatguy--6 years ago
I think your computer will be ok, this happens to my computer every once and a while when I do it. Sometimes it just lags for a minute or two, and then the taskbar comes up. Other times I have to end the explorer task, and then run it again. Restarting your computer might work too.
it worked!! thx for this :D
i fixed my comp, sytstem restore to earlier the same day :) ill try it again coz now i know how to fix it easy
Muzza6 years ago
hey wat nice backround bro keep it op
Bongmaster6 years ago
can u do this in a normal instructable? step by step.. the vid is unreadable :(
alfonso (author)  Bongmaster6 years ago
Sorry about how hard it is to read. I had to turn the quality down because it was too big to upload. I added some instructions on what to do below the video.
That's okay. I have IE7, so I turned up the zoom level. Anyways, great hack!!!
thnx :) altho it was wasted because i discovered my start button is a graphic in the theme i use :( so i'l have to find the graphic and edit it directly.. i still went and changed the explorer file tho :)
alfonso (author)  Bongmaster6 years ago
I have another instructable "Customize you computer" that says how to do it.
I agree. This gets a negative 1 as it is.
hmmm...nice background digital blasphemy? right?
alfonso (author)  tech_sponge616 years ago
Yea, they have great backgrounds.
Awesome job! Resource Hacker.. I am pretty sure I used it before. Great job, I will HAVE to try this. Great video, I love it. (added to favorites)
alfonso (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Wow, that was fast! I just put this up maybe 5 minutes ago. Thanks, and good luck!
What background is that? The one you have as your desktop. It looks great.
alfonso (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
I got it here (http://www.digitalblasphemy.com/). Theres a ton of cool backgrounds on that site.
So is there a maximum/minimum character limit? start button with no characters would look nice and uncluttered :)
alfonso (author)  TheScientist6 years ago
If you want to have nothing in your start bar, then in the text field, type (alt + 0160). This makes a invisible charector, dont use the space bar to do this, it will mess up your explorer file. As for the maximum charector limit, I dont know.
ll.136 years ago
This has been already Instructable'd. no, it's not a video, but it's still already done. sorry, try searching before doing an "i'Ble"
alfonso (author)  ll.136 years ago
Dude, I knew it was done, I just wanted to make a video of it. I have another instructable up that has this one it. On that instructable it says that I know its already been done. " "try searching before doing an "i'Ble"
gmjhowe ll.136 years ago
since when does it matter if its been done b4??? man, get with it
Shifrin6 years ago
Haha, Cool!
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