is a freeware utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and
extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource
files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script
compiler and decompiler and works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT,
Win2000 and WinXP operating systems.
ll its just 541Kb in the size.. Click here to go to the Download
Download Resource Hacker
The first step is to make a backup copy of the file explorer.exe
located at C:\Windows\explorer. Place it in a folder somewhere
on your hard drive where it will be safe. Start Resource Hacker
and open explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer.exe
The category we are going to be using is String Table In
Resource Hacker. Expand it by clicking the plus sign then
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. The right hand pane will display the
stringtable as shown in Fig. 02. Weíre going to modify item 578,
currently showing the word ďstartĒ just as it displays on the
current Start button.
There is no magic here. Just double click on the word ďstartĒ so
that itís highlighted, making sure the quotation marks are not
part of the highlight. They need to remain in place, surrounding
the new text that youíll type. Go ahead and type your new entry
Second Step Ė Modify
Now that the modified explorer.exe has been created itís
necessary to modify the registry so the file will be recognized
when the user logs on to the system. If you donít know how to
access the registry Iím not sure this article is for you, but
just in case itís a temporary memory lapse, go to Start (soon to
be something else) Run and type regedit in the Open: field.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\
the Right pane (Fig. 05), double click the Shell entry to open
the Edit String dialog box as shown in Fig. 06. In Value data:
line, enter the name that was used to save the modified
explorer.exe file. Click OK.
Close Registry Editor and either log off the system and log back
in, or reboot the entire system if thatís your preference. If
all went as planned you should see your new Start button with
the revised text.