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    How to Change Start Menu button look in Windows 7?


    You can spice up your copy of Windows 7 by changing the Start Menu button look. This tutorial will help you in changing the Start Menu button.

    Default Start menu button:



    Figure 1


    Customized Start menu button:



    Figure 2


    You need:

    • Custom Start button icons (.bmp). You can download them from the internet. They must be in the following order:

    1) When the button is not in use
    2) When mouse pointer is over the button
    3) When button is clicked

    It must be like this:



    Figure 3


    Download Resource Hacker utility from here to help you in editing the .exe file


    To accomplish this follow these steps:

    1) Open C:\ drive and Take Ownership of the Windows folder

    Note: To know how to take ownership of the Windows Folder automatically click the link Include Take Ownership option in the right click menu



    Figure 4


    2) Open Resource Hacker and open the file explorer.exe through it which is located in the C:\Widnows folder



    Figure 5


    3) Expand Bitmap branch in the left pane



    Figure 6


    4) Now expand 6801 option and right click on 1033 option and select Replace Resource option

    5) Click Open file with new bitmap button



    Figure 7


    6) Navigate to the customized (.bmp) image and open it

    7) Click Replace button



    Figure 8


    8) Repeat steps 4 to 7 above for the options 6805 and 6809 also



    Figure 9


    9) Now save the file as explorer.exe on the Desktop

    10) Now go to the folder C:\Windows and rename the file explorer.exe to explorer.exe.bak. This will act as a backup so that you can restore the default file in future



    Figure 10


    11) Now copy the file explorer.exe on the Desktop to C:\Windows folder

    12) Log off and then Log on for the changes to take effect


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    Thumbs up Dice instead of Orb.

    This file contains the .bmp image usable for the start menu.

    start2.zip

    Please do not save the image below and try to use it as it will not work as an alpha image, use the one in the .zip file!

    EXAMPLE of image attatched in the file above:

    start.png

    Desktop screenshot:

    screenshot3.jpg

    ZOOM in on Start Menu!

    screenshot2.jpg

    ENJOY

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    Hey, thanks for this hack but I'm having trouble with step 2. I'm on a 64 bit system. When I double-click explorer.exe nothing appears in Resource Hacker. Also, where can you find other start menu button replacements?

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    I got it to work! so slick. awesome hack. so now where do i find more of them?

    Or can I make my own? Do you just have to stack 3 similar 54x54 pictures into a bitmap in Paint?

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    YEAAAAH!

    figured it out. As long as you use photoshop and save the 54x162px in 32 bit and make them sufficiently dark enough they totally work. check out the ones ive made today



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    The moon is too big but the Borg cube is perfect. I'm glad I figured it out on my own. Thanks for the initial idea though.

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    Hi feeboo,

    Welcome to iTechtalk.

    We are happy that you got fixed your problem.

    Also, thanks for posting your suggestions.

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    Hey Thanks for this post... But I am having the same problem feeboo was How did you fix?? Thanks for any help...

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    Quote Originally Posted by feeboo View Post
    Hey, thanks for this hack but I'm having trouble with step 2. I'm on a 64 bit system. When I double-click explorer.exe nothing appears in Resource Hacker. Also, where can you find other start menu button replacements?
    I'm having the same problem... Opening the explorer.exe file through ResourceHacker doesn't show any values or folders at all. I used to be able to open the file w/ XP. How did you figure it out? Thanks

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    Thanks
    My regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by markddelorme View Post
    I'm having the same problem... Opening the explorer.exe file through ResourceHacker doesn't show any values or folders at all. I used to be able to open the file w/ XP. How did you figure it out? Thanks

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    I'm also having this problem.

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