Saturday, February 23, 2008

Change Start logo in Xp

Change Start logo in Xp :

I’ve read a number of articles on the internet about changing the text on the
Start button in XP. On more than one occasion I’ve seen references to a five (5)
letter limitation when the button is renamed. I always wondered if this
was true or just an assumption someone made because the default ‘start’
just happened to fit the button size. So, I decided to run a test and see if
there really was a five character limit.

First of all just u need to do is download Resource hacker.

Resource HackerTM 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.

Its just 541Kb in the size.. click here to go to the download Page


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display the stringtable as shown in Fig. 02. We’re going to modify item 578,
currently showing the word “start” just as it displays on the current Start button.
First Step

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
There is no magic here. Just double click on the word “start” so that it’s
highlighted, making sure the quotation marks are not part of the highlight.
They need to remain in place, surrounding the new text that you’ll type.
Go ahead and type your new entry

Second Step – Modify the Registry

Now that the modified explorer.exe has been created it’s necessary to
modify the registry so the file will be recognized when the user logs on
to the system. If you don’t know how to access the registry I’m not sure
this article is for you, but just in case it’s a temporary memory lapse, go
to Start (soon to be something else)
Run and type regedit in the Open: field. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\
CurrentVersion\ Winlogon


double click the Shell entry to open the Edit String dialog box .
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 that’s your preference. If all went as
planned you should see your new Start button with the revised text.

u can ofcource change the text of other Baloon Items , My Computer Name,
Favourites and so on many more..

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