WinHack – How to Change the Windows Start Button (Win XP)

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Windows XP is, in my opinion, one of the best operating systems. It is extremely customizable (even if it is not intended to be), compatible with nearly everything, and is quite stable. Here I will show you just one way to customize it, to be precise ‘ how to change windows start button text ‘. It will really remind you how much of a hacker tweaker you really are.

First, to do it the easy way, you need to download a program that will really assist you in helping you find what you are looking for and making sure you do not mess up along the way. After you have downloaded it, run the .exe file, so that we may begin tweaking.

First, open the explorer.exe file located here: C:WINDOWSexplorer.exe . You should now be able to see a list of different folders on the side that are made up of numbers in the “String Table” directory. The one we are looking for is folder 37 with the other sub-directory option being 1033. Inside that file there are multiple lines of text – we want to change the “start” text. You can change it to whatever you want, but keep under 20 characters as the tab becomes too large after that. Also, make sure you do not change any of the text on the other lines.

change windows start button text

When you have changed it to whatever you want, click “File,” “Save As,” and save it as explorerhacked.exe. (Note: You can change it to whatever you like, but in this demonstration we are using the explorerhacked file.)

Now, go to “Start,” “Run,” and type in “regedit”. When the Registry Editor loads expand to the following directory: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,SOFTWARE,Microsoft,Windows NT,CurrentVersion, and WinLogon. In that directory find the entry that is titled “Shell” and right-click it. Select “Modify.” Now, type in ExplorerHacked.exe.

change windows start button text

Close the Registry Editor and log back in. You should now see your start button changed to whatever you typed in!

Have fun hacking tweaking!

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Comments (17)
  • Naveen

    I use xp3 and when i did these steps my screen is blank . thanks god that ctrl+alt+del did worked and i changed the setting again .

  • ash

    My windows start button gets changed after every boot..initially it shows the right start button then it changes to something weird…not sure if it is due to some virus/unwanted process need to be removed…

    Any help?

  • John

    I did everything described here word for word, however when I log out and log back in, nothing comes up at all. And when I do a CTRL ALT DEL I do not see explorerhacked.exe or explorer.exe, I tried booting with “Last Known Good Configuration” but I had no success with that. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • Will Mueller

      You could try logging in “Safe Mode” and then going to the registry and changing back to the regular “explorer.exe”.

  • arico

    very gooooooooooodd
    thank you for this info

    and be continue

    with my best greeting

    thanks

  • digideth

    yup everything worked as expected!

    Get yourself a live xp disc such as minpe. boot you box off minipe or something similar fire up reshacker, folow your setups above, save the file as explorer.exe, reboot into xp and everything will work as planed. name change to start menu success! search link works too!!!

    remember to save a backup of explorer.exe just in case all hell breaks lose.

    keep those great tips coming! :)

    D

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