Jump to content











Photo

How to change Start Menu Text In Windows XP


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 Shirin Zaban

Shirin Zaban

    Frequent Member

  • Tutorial Writer
  • 423 posts
  • Location:Tehran
  • Interests:1_Making Unattended and Customized XP<br /><br />2_Making different types of Bootable and Multiboot CD/DVD<br /><br />3_Like to learn more about grub and grub4DOS
  •  
    Iran

Posted 16 January 2009 - 11:46 PM

=============================================================================
How to change Start Menu Text In Windows XP
=============================================================================

Hi

Today i am going to talk about changing text of start menu.This work is very easy and i will
tell some of the ways to do that.

Do not forget that we have two kinds of start menu in windows XP :

1.XP Style (When we use Windows XP Theme)
2.Classic style (When we use Windows Classic Theme)

We can Change "TEXT" of One or both of theme.

Some people say that there is five (5) letters limitation when changing the Start Menu Text.
This depends of the way we use to do this work.If we do that by HexEditor,we will have five
letters limitation,But if we use "Resource hacker,we will not have this limitation,(Look at
picture_01 from attachment,you will see that i have used 8 letters).

I will not talk about using HexEditor methode in this tutor (because of it's limitation).

Use procedure below to chang text of Start Menu using Resource Hacker:
========================================================================

1.For this project we should do some changes in "explorer.exe " that is located in your
windows directory (For example c:\windows\explorer.exe ).go to that directory and copy
it to some where else for example your desktop.

2.Resource hacker is freeware software download it from link below ,then Open explorer.exe
by "Resource Hacker"

http://www.users.on....resourcehacker/

3.Fom left panel extend "String Table" by clicking on + as picture_02

4.We should edit topics 37 and 38 that are shown in fig_02.37 is for XP Layout,and 38 is
for Classic Layout.
Click on 1033 icon under 37, you will see word "start" at right panel (pic_03).

5.Change "start" to what ever you want for example "MCSgroup" then click on "Compile" as
you see in pic_04.

6.Do the same for 38

7.click on file and save by other name for example "MCS.exe"

8.Now copy MCS.exe to your windows directory.

9.Download DO.zip from attachment,extract "DO.reg" from it in desktop and run it.


Now if you logoff or restart your system,you will see that your start button text is changed.

==========================================

Important Notes:
-------------------

1_Incorrect Changing registry settings can be dangerous and should be done by advanced users.

2_ "explorer.exe " is one of most important files of windows,changing that incorrectly can
make the system to not boot.
3_I have done this work in my system as you see in pic_01,and i have tried it in more than 10
system,all was ok.
any way do it by your own risk.if you had trouble in boot or your system after doing the
above process,boot to your system by livexp cd (or any live cd you like),go to your windows
directory,copy ...\windows\explorer.exe some where,rename it to mcs.exe in this example then
copy that to ...\windows\ directory,then reboot.
inside do.zip ,there is another file (UNDO.REG) that will change your registry to original
setting.

================================

have fun

shiri zaban

Attached Files

  • Attached File  picture.png   66.22KB   276 downloads
  • Attached File  DO.zip   619bytes   234 downloads


#2 amalux

amalux

    Platinum Member

  • Tutorial Writer
  • 2813 posts
  •  
    United States

Posted 17 January 2009 - 04:45 AM

Attached File  sysxp.jpg   716bytes   176 downloads
Thanks Shirin :)

Perfect for the habitual tweaker!

I tried this a diff way and it didn't work; your way is safe, easy and works great :)

#3 MedEvil

MedEvil

    Platinum Member

  • .script developer
  • 7771 posts

Posted 17 January 2009 - 05:08 PM

Thanks Shirin.
It annoyed me for ages that the start button in the classic view looked like cut off. But was too lazy to actually search for the place to fix it. Now it looks nice again. :)

:)

#4 Brito

Brito

    Platinum Member

  • .script developer
  • 10565 posts
  • Location:boot.wim
  • Interests:I'm just a quiet simple person with a very quiet simple life living one day at a time..
  •  
    European Union

Posted 17 January 2009 - 05:13 PM

This is fun.

Thanks for another great (and simple) tutorial!

I might use this tip for "branding" the workstations where I work.. :)

#5 Shirin Zaban

Shirin Zaban

    Frequent Member

  • Tutorial Writer
  • 423 posts
  • Location:Tehran
  • Interests:1_Making Unattended and Customized XP<br /><br />2_Making different types of Bootable and Multiboot CD/DVD<br /><br />3_Like to learn more about grub and grub4DOS
  •  
    Iran

Posted 25 January 2009 - 08:26 AM

hi
there is an small free software "StartBtn Renamer" that can rename start button text without even logoff
you can download at:

http://www.softpedia...n-Renamer.shtml

have fun

shirin zaban

#6 benxhi

benxhi

    Member

  • Tutorial Writer
  • 87 posts
  • Location:Shkup
  •  
    Albania

Posted 02 February 2009 - 10:18 PM

Thanks for this Tutorial!
I find this rather interesting to read as school is taking me over i can only hope that i'll find time to post something:]

#7 Brito

Brito

    Platinum Member

  • .script developer
  • 10565 posts
  • Location:boot.wim
  • Interests:I'm just a quiet simple person with a very quiet simple life living one day at a time..
  •  
    European Union

Posted 02 February 2009 - 10:43 PM

don't worry, you know you're always welcome here! :cheers:




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users