XP Start Button

Windows XP Default Start Button


At the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to change as per your choice, the default text of start button of your Windows XP. This tutorial uses Resource Hacker, a freeware utility. Resource Hacker is used to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract reources in 32bit Windows executable files (.exe) and resource files (.res).

We’ll keep this tutorial short and to the point. Follow all the steps described below to get your desired text (instead of start) in Windows XP start button. Windows XP Start Button

  1. Download Resource Hacker. This is a very tiny utility and will take a couple of seconds to download. Click here to download. After download extract the zipped (.zip) file that you downloaded.
  2. We are going to edit C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe with Resource Hacker. To be safe make a copy of C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe and save it somewhere in your hard drive where it will be safe.
  3. Go to the unzipped folder and run ResHacker.exe by double clicking on it. Go to File menu and open C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe file.
  4. This is to modify start button text in XP Style Layout.
    Expand the String Table by clicking + sign on it. Navigate down and expand 37 and highlight 1033. In the item 578, replace the word start by any string of your choice. Keep the string short. Click Compile Script.
    This is to modify start button text in Classic Style Layout.
    Expand the String Table by clicking + sign on it. Navigate down and expand 38 and highlight 1033. In the item 595, replace the word start by any string of your choice. Keep the string short. Click Compile Script.
  5. The file has been modified. Now go to File menu and use Save As command (do not use Save command) and enter a name for the file. In my case, I entered explorer_ashish.exe as the file name. Save the newly named file to the location C:\WINDOWS
  6. Go to start (soon it will be modified by the text of your choice :)), Run and in the open field enter regedit then click OK.

    Caution : Create a backup copy of your registry before making any changes. So that if something goes wrong you can revert back.

    In the Registry Editor navigate to :

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

    In the right pane, double click the item with name Shell. In Value data enter the file name for the modified file that you made using Resource Hacker and click OK. (I had used explorer_ashish.exe, so I enter explorer_ashish.exe as Value data). Note that the name must be exactly same as that of modified file with .exe extension.

  7. Exit registry editor and either log off then log in back, or reboot the system.

If you followed all the steps correctly, you will get welcomed with a new start button with your desired text. 😆