Edited by Nick Nicholls, Nicole Willson, Ben Rubenstein, Jen and 46 others
Bored of your Start menu in Windows XP? Wish you could have it say and do something a little more interesting? Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a personalized Start button of your very own!
Method 1 of 3: Changing the Start Menu Text
Download Resource Hacker here. Scroll down the page and download the Setup file. This program will allow you to make the necessary changes to your Windows files.
Install and run Resource Hacker. The program will put an icon in your Start menu. Navigate to it after you install and run the program.
Once Resource Hacker is running, open "explorer.exe".
Explorer will open and you will see two frames in Resource Hacker.
Change your Start text.
Save your changes.
Run regedit to make the new file active. Keep Resource Hacker running.
- Open the Start menu and click "Run…"
- Type "regedit" (without apostrophes) into the field and press enter. This will open Registry Editor.
- In the left frame, navigate through the following folders: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Winlogon
- Once you’re in the Winlogon folder, in the right frame select "Shell" and double-click it.
- Change "explorer.exe" to "explorer1.exe", the changed copy you made above.
Reboot your computer. Your Start menu text will now be your own customized message! If you wish to revert to the original, change back to "explorer.exe" in Registry Editor following the steps above.
Method 2 of 3: Changing the Mouse Hover Text
Besides changing the text that the Start button displays, you can also change the pop-up text when you hover your mouse over the button.
Open Resource Hacker.
In the left frame, select "String Table".
Find the text that says "Click here to begin".
Method 3 of 3: Changing the Start Icon
Not only can you change the text, you can also change the Windows icon in the Start button.
Open Resource Hacker.
- Repeat steps above to open "explorer1.exe" .
In the left frame, scroll to the top and expand the "Bitmap" folder.
Open the Action Menu.
Save "explorer1.exe" as above. Reboot your computer. Your new icon should appear on the Start button.