Have you ever wondered how myself or others change the text on a Windows XP machine? Well read on to find out.

Of course reversing the intended purpose of an operating system for convenience is not always appreciated by the developing company, although it is directly impacting their overall productivity in that people discovering these flaws in their operating systems and utilizing them will more than likely induce some form of patch in their next service pack or update or it will become a feature in their next operating system. So, regardless of the laws relating to the reversing of software, without these guides the company could not realize their mistakes and fix them accordingly.


Firstly you will need to acquire your own copy of the free software “resource hacker”. This software allows the direct editing of .exe, .dll and other executable related files allowing you to ultimately customize the program to make its uses more relevant or more powerful. You can get your copy by searching the term “download resource hacker” using your favourite search engine.


Now that you have found your copy of resource hacker you will now begin the customization process. To start you will need to find your “explorer.exe” file which should be located in C:\Windows. You will need to make a copy of this file to serve as a backup in case something goes wrong. Make a copy of the explorer.exe file in the same C:\Windows directory and name it “explorer.exe.bak”.


Open the resource hacker exe and then in the file menu select “open” and locate the original explorer.exe file that you have previously backed up. You will notice that the explorer bar in the side of the program will populate and show you various internals of the executable file.


Navigate to the “String Table” folder and expand it. Once you have done so you will need to expand the folder with the number “37” (or 38 if you are using classic mode).


Now click on the resource “1033” and look for the text that says “Start”. You can now change the text to whatever you want and replace the original “Start” text with anything you want (excluding some special symbols, etc). Once you have changed the text click the “compile” button located at the top of the programs explorer window.


Now you need to save your explorer.exe file by clicking “file” in the file menu and then hitting save as. Now save it as explorer2.exe in the directory “C:\Windows”.


This part is the tricky part. You will need to restart Windows in safe mode in order to replace the original explorer.exe file and give your computer full functionality with your customized start button.


The first step of replacing your explorer.exe file is to restart your computer and then enter your boot selection screen. This is usually accessed by repeatedly tapping the “F8” button during the initial boot process.


Once you have entered the boot selection screen you will need to navigate to “Safe Mode With Command Prompt”. Once you have done this your screen will change and begin to load, although it will look different and possibly daunting for the newer user, do not be scared. You will not harm your computer even slightly if you follow this guide to the letter.


Now login as administrator and enter your password.


Next you will need to enter the command “cd C:\Windows”. This will change your directory to C:\Windows. Hence the term “cd” = “change directory”.


Now, enter the command “c:\windows\explorer2.exe c:\windows\explorer.exe


Then it will ask you if you are sure, type “y” or “yes” and then hit “enter”.


Now you will need to restart your computer but give it time to close its programs completely, thus preventing corruption of your explorer file or your computer in whole.


To shut down your computer in this lossless manner you may type the command “shutdown –r”.


Now you are done. Restart your PC and if you did everything correctly then you will notice that your start bar text has changed to what you wrote into the explorer.exe file earlier.


Enjoy your new start button.