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Modifying Windows Start Menu

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This is my start menu

To customize the start menu we will edit explorer.exe.   In explorer.exe there are several things that you can change.  The five that I will show you how to change are:
  • Start menu text
  • Start menu bitmap
  • Log off text
  • Shut down text
  • Click here to begin text

 

First open up regedit.  Go to file > open.  Navigate to drive:\windows.  Open up explorer.exe.  In regedit go to Bitmap > 143 > 1033.

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Click action > replace bitmap.  Use any size image you want.  The start menu will change to the size of your image.

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This is how the start menu will change to the size of the text and image:

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Next go to String Table > 34 > 1033.  Change 533 to anything you want and press compile script.

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After that go to string table > 37 > 1033.  Change 578 to what you want the start menu text to be.

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Then go to String Table > 439 > 1033.  Change the 7012 and 7013 to what you want them to be.  When you change one you make the other the same.  Press compile script.

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After you have fished making it the way you want it go to file > save.  Save it in drive:\windows as explorer2.exe  Make sure you include .exe

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Last we need to make windows load explorer2 instead of explorer.  Go into the start menu and click run.  Type regedit.exe

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On the left window find the registry folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon  Click winlogon.  Find the key called shell.  It's data should be explorer.exe.  Double click it and change the value data to explorer2.exe

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Close regedit.  Log off and log back in.  Now you have a personalized start menu. 
 
 
 
If explorer2.exe fails to load.  Press ctrl alt delete.  In the task manager go file > run.  Open regedit.exe.  Change that key back to explorer.exe  Review the steps and e mail me if you still can't get it to work.

If you have any questions or just can't get something to work contact me at: agronick@gmail.com
 
I am not responsible in any way if you screw up your computer.