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Changing the Start button text

Warning

If you don't understand any of the terms used here, you shouldn't be doing it.
I am not responsible for any damage you do to your computer. I never said you had to do it. On the other hand, if you know I've made a mistake, tell me about it.

Start button

95/98/ME/XP
Go to C:\Windows
NT/2000
Go to C:\Winnt

Make a copy of Explorer.exe called Explorer.old.exe

Make another copy of Explorer.exe called Explorer.new

Open a command prompt

Run the following:
95/98/ME/XP
edit/70 c:\windows\explorer.new
NT/2000
edit/70 c:\winnt\explorer.new

Find your version of Windows in the tables below.
If you can't find the correct version, it's the same as the previous listed version. For example, 2000sp2 is the same as 2000sp1.

Go to the position specified in the table for "Start button". You should see this:
S t a r t
Note that some versions of XP have two - one for the Luna interface and one for Classic. Change the one for the interface you're using.

Replace each letter with any standard character you like, but don't do anything to the spaces. They aren't really spaces. If you want shorter text on your start button, replace one or more letters with spaces.

Tooltip

Go to the position specified in Table 1 for "Tooltip". You should see this:
95 without desktop update/ME/NT/2000/XP
C l i c k   h e r e   t o   b e g i n
95 with desktop update/98
C l i c k   h e r e   t o   b e g i n .
Note that some versions of XP have two - one for the Luna interface and one for Classic. Change the one for the interface you're using.

Replace each letter with any standard character you like, but don't do anything to the spaces. They aren't really spaces. If you want shorter text in your tooltip, replace one or more letters with spaces.

Scrolling "Click here to begin."

This is only for 95 and NT without the desktop update.

Go to the position specified in Table 2 for "Click here to begin.". You should see this:
C l i c k   h e r e   t o   b e g i n .

Replace each letter with any standard character you like, but don't do anything to the spaces. They aren't really spaces.
If you want shorter scrolling text, replace one or more letters with spaces. You ought to know this by now.

Now save the file using the same file name.

Replace explorer.exe

95/98/ME

Open C:\Windows\System.ini

Change shell=explorer.exe to shell=explorer.old.exe

Save the file and restart the computer.

Go to C:\Windows

Delete Explorer.exe

Rename Explorer.new to Explorer.exe

Open C:\Windows\System.ini

Change shell=explorer.old.exe to shell=explorer.exe

Save the file and restart the computer.

NT/2000/XP/2003

Open Regedit.

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Change the value of shell to Explorer.old.exe

Restart the computer

NT/2000
Go to C:\Winnt
XP/2003
Go to C:\Windows

Delete Explorer.exe

Rename Explorer.new to Explorer.exe

Open Regedit.

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Change the value of shell to Explorer.exe

Restart the computer.

Table 1

Windows version Start button Tooltip
Start End Start End
95 Line 2689 column 13 Line 2689 column 21 Line 2672 column 33 Line 2672 column 69
95ie4 Line 2279 column 11 Line 2279 column 19 Line 2256 column 29 Line 2256 column 67
95ie4sp1 Line 2302 column 65 Line 2303 column 03 Line 2280 column 13 Line 2280 column 51
95ie4sp2 Line 2303 column 11 Line 2303 column 19 Line 2280 column 29 Line 2280 column 67
98 Line 2390 column 49 Line 2390 column 57 Line 2367 column 67 Line 2368 column 35
Me Line 3035 column 67 Line 3036 column 05 Line 3018 column 25 Line 3018 column 61
NT Line 3137 column 33 Line 3137 column 41 Line 3120 column 53 Line 3121 column 19
NTsp2 Line 3137 column 41 Line 3137 column 49 Line 3120 column 61 Line 3121 column 27
NTsp3 Line 4995 column 29 Line 4995 column 37 Line 4978 column 49 Line 4979 column 15
NTsp4 Line 3187 column 05 Line 3187 column 13 Line 3170 column 25 Line 3170 column 61
NTie4 Line 2377 column 63 Line 2378 column 01 Line 2355 column 11 Line 2355 column 49
NTie4sp1 Line 2385 column 15 Line 2385 column 23 Line 2362 column 33 Line 2363 column 01
NTie4sp2 Line 2385 column 31 Line 2385 column 39 Line 2362 column 49 Line 2363 column 17
2000 Line 3236 column 53 Line 3236 column 61 Line 3214 column 17 Line 3214 column 53
2000sp1 Line 3299 column 67 Line 3300 column 05 Line 3277 column 31 Line 3277 column 67
2000sp4 Line 3307 column 19 Line 3307 column 27 Line 3284 column 53 Line 3285 column 19
XP Luna Line 3824 column 49 Line 3824 column 57 Line 3981 column 23 Line 3981 column 59
XP Classic Line 3814 column 25 Line 3814 column 33 Line 3981 column 23 Line 3981 column 59
XPsp1 Luna Line 3864 column 69 Line 3865 column 7 Line 4164 column 13 Line 4194 column 49
XPsp1 Classic Line 3859 column 23 Line 3859 column 31 Line 4164 column 13 Line 4194 column 49
XPsp2 Line 14362 column 21 Line 14362 column 29 Line 14373 column 47 Line 14373 column 13
XPsp3 Line 14384 column 01 Line 14384 column 09 Line 14395 column 27 Line 14395 column 63
2003 Line 14330 column 29 Line 14330 column 37 Line 14341 column 55 Line 14342 column 21
2003sp1 Line 14586 column 53 Line 14586 column 61 Line 14598 column 09 Line 14598 column 45
2003sp2 Line 14623 column 23 Line 14623 column 31 Line 14634 column 49 Line 14635 column 15

Table 2

Windows version "Click here to begin."
Start End
95 Line 2713 column 55 Line 2714 column 23
NT Line 3147 column 03 Line 3147 column 41
NTsp2 Line 3147 column 11 Line 3147 column 49
NTsp3 Line 5004 column 69 Line 5005 column 37
NTsp4 Line 3196 column 45 Line 3197 column 13