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> Rename Start button in Windows

As soon as you are allotted a desktop/laptop or if you've bought a system for yourself, the first thing you wish to do is to customize it. This may include, putting up a personal wallpaper or screensaver, creating Personal drives, folders with your name etc., and why shouldn't you? makes you feel an owner of the system and gives you a comfort level..

Here i'm going to discuss a trick that can change the text on the Start Button to any name you like.

To start with, Download a software called Resource Hacker. Its a 541kb zip archive that can be easily downloaded and installed. You will get the links below.

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Resource Hacker is a free software where you can to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows resource and executable files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and de-compiler that works for Win95, Win98, WinME, Win2000 and WinXP operating systems.

Step 1: Before making any changes, pls consider creating backup copy of the file explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer and place it in a safe location. This is a good practice. Now start Resource Hacker and open explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer.exe.
The category we are going to edit is String Table In Resource Hacker. Expand it by clicking the plus (+) sign then navigate down and expand string 37 followed by highlighting 1033. If you a non WinXP Layout, use number 38. The right hand pane will display the string table. We’re will modify item 578, currently showing the word “start” just as it displays on the current Start button.

Here you would need to rename the word "start" with whatever text you wish to display. Pls note the, quotation makes should accompany the new word that you type

Step 2: Now that you are through with Step 1, you need to modify your registry so that the new file you created is recognized by your system. There is nothing hard in here, just keep following.

Since you are on this page and are taking such efforts, I assume that you are familiar with editing registry. Just to brush up, go to Start > Run and type regedit and hit enter.
Now Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\ Winlogon

On the Right pane, double click the Shell entry to open the Edit String dialog box. In Value data: line, enter the name that was used to save the modified explorer.exe file and Click "OK"

Close Registry Editor and Reboot your system for effects to take place. If you've done everything mentioned above, you should see a new name for your Start button.

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