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Nov 15, 2006 | 5:26 AM EST

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There is an interactive version of this (by me) here (remove all spaces in the URL!): /portal/view/353610

This is a hack to change the word "Start" on your Windows XP computer to something else.
(EDIT!: I fixed the audio sync error!)

You can get Resource Hacker here: ourcehacker/
You can get Process Explorer here: technet/sysinternals/util ities/ProcessExplorer.msp x

(NG puts spaces into URLs, so if the URLs don't work, look for and remove spaces.)

Disclaimer!!: This hack requires you to change a file that comes with your computer and is a CRITICAL component for the proper operation of your computer! Please attempt at your own risk, I do not offer any warranty of any kind. If you are secure in your abilities to hack a CRITICAL component of your computer, please try this, its neat! It adds some extra personality to your computer!

Note: Please submit this to the Windows Collection please! Thankies! :-D



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very cool!

Except, I followed the steps EXACTLY as they were presented, and my Start button does not change text. It remains as "start". I'm running Windows XP on a Dell Dimension E510 and I downloaded both Process Explorer and Resource Hacker. Why is it that explorer.exe isn't being modified?

Otherwise, nice tutorial!

jpoke89 responds:

I'm not sure, it may be your virus protection or something. try disabling any virus and anti spyware/ adware utilities, and try again. thanks for the review!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

thumbs up

its good, but i love how wen u go into the folder to change start, below you see like fifty error messages and only one thing that is proper :P

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jpoke89 responds:

All that was was Windows telling me that avast! needed to be updated, my touch pad was disabled (because I was using an external mouse) and that I was on a new residential gateway (new router).


Rated 4 / 5 stars


I will try it... When I am using Windows.

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jpoke89 responds:

Thanks for the review.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Cool hack

Cool hack. I submitted this to windows likes u said. But how did you capture the video?

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jpoke89 responds:

The Screen Capture Utility I used was TechSmith's SnagIt (8.0) and if you Google SnagIt, you can find a free trial on their web site. Thanks for the review!


Rated 4 / 5 stars


Thats pretty cool!!

jpoke89 responds:

I think so! That's why I made it. :)