How to change Start Menu Text In Windows XP
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"
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.
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