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Windows XP Start Hack

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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 2 / 5 stars

Good, but one thing:

IT DOESN'T WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:( Whenever I try to save it it says 'Cannot create C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe'. How do I fix that?

jpoke89 responds:

You prolly have explorer.exe still running, or you have some defense software preventing the replacement of the file. Thanks for the review!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I have a question

you no when you go down to start, and it has dat list of all the programs ur running, well mines diserpered, how do i get it bak

jpoke89 responds:

Reboot the system. That should take care of it. If it doesn't, you messed up Windows's shell, and you will need to run a repair setup, or have someone who knows what they are doing replace/fix the file. If you have another computer, and rebooting doesn't work, you can copy the explorer.exe file from another computer, and paste it to yours, and that should fix it. But once again, if you don't know what your doing, have someone who knows how to, do it for you. I provide no warranty for my advice. Thanks for the review.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

i did it....

but start didnt change...

i did EVRYTHING as it was supposed to... and no errors popped up...

it just didnt do anything...

jpoke89 responds:

I'm sorry, please check your security software, and be sure that you are not using a non-standard skin, and try again...
Thanks for the review.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

2 cheats, 1 tutorial!

i did it!

but while i was doing it, i found another hack

instead of opening up 37, open up 35 an there should be click here to begin

change it and the do what you did with explorer start menu

restart explorer.exe and whatever you tiped in should appearinstead of click here to begin

p.s click here to begin appears if you keep your mouse over ur start enu for about 5 seconds

jpoke89 responds:

Good! I know most of these, however i chose to do Start because I figured it would appeal more to "Regular" users than anything else, since you see "start" when you have most anything open, aside from full screen things.
Thanks for the review!


Rated 1.5 / 5 stars


Theres one thing...I CANT CHANGE MY START WORD TO ANYTHING i also cannot find explorer.exe , only explorer so...yeah.... can you help me?

jpoke89 responds:

Check your security software, and explorer is explorer.exe, you have "Hide known file extensions" enabled in folder options.
Thanks for the review.