How to rename name of the menuitem Run using Resource Hacker

As earlier mentioned in an article, it is possible to change the name of the Start button in XP using Resource Hacker. This is also possible for the menu item Run (Start -> Run).

Simply run Resource Hacker, open the explorer.exe (found in the Windows directory) – and you are ready to make changes.
To change the menuitem Run do:

  • Expand the category Menu.
  • Navigate down to and expand string 204 followed by highlighting 1030.
  • Modify the line containing MENUITEM “&Run…” – simply change run into something else 😉
  • After changing the line hit the compile script button

You are now ready to save altered file using the Save As command (found in the File Menu). Do not overwrite the exiting file – save it as explorer.exe but in a subdirectory in windows. E.g. create a new sub directory ex. Tweak and save it there ;-)

After wards you have to update the registry. Open up regedit and find the key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]

Here you have to change the value for Shell, so that it fits you new explorer file.

Ex. Shell Value = ‘tweak/explorer.exe’

Close Registry Editor and either log off the system and log back in, or reboot the entire system if that’s your preference – and you are ready to go :-)

You can get Resource Hacker here

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