Start Menu Customization
NOTE: I didn't figure this out for myself, I read a couple tuts on it somewhere a while back but forgot were where they were, so I reproduced these steps from memory a while later. Plus it's not really a very complecated process and I'm sure dozens of people have figured it out for themselves.
NOTE 2: This is not some uber 1337 tutorial on how to pwn Windows. It's a very simple process for you to use for your own amusement. I changed it on my computer just because I was sick of looking at "start"....
Everyone except the primitive inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest know what the "Start menu" is. It's Microsoft's sad excuse for name for their main control menu in Windows. But with little effort you can change the Start menu to say anything you want it to, and do the same for other text values you see in other places. It doesn't require any programing or mad skillz, just the ability to follow directions. I know this works for NT-based operating systems, but I don't know about anything before that. Lemme know if Windows 9x-based does/doesn't support this.
1) Download the program ResHack
and unzip it.
2) Go to the C:\Windows directory and copy "explorer.exe" to your desktop.
3) Copy your copy of Explorer, and rename this one "explorer.bak", you'll keep this one as backup, so you can throw it in your archives or something.
4) Open the "ResHacker.exe" file that you downloaded and select File >> Open, find and select your copy of Explorer.
5) Go under "String Table" in the menu and find #37, then click on the "1033" option that appears. Then in the panel on the right side, find where it says "start", change "start" that to whatever the heck you feel like putting there, this is what will appear on the "Start" menu in "start"'s place.
6) Once your done, click "Compile Script" then go under File >> Save, then exit the program.
7) Move your copy of Explorer to the root of your drive (usually C:\).
8 ) Now turn off your computer and restart it.
: As it's booting up press the "F8" key repeatadly right before Windows starts to load. When the menu comes up, select "Start Windows in Safe Mode" with the command line option.
: Shutdown your computer with the "Reboot in MS-DOS mode" option.
9) When Windows is finished booting, type: "copy c:\explorer.exe c:\windows", (without the quotes) at the command prompt, then enter "y" when it asks if you're sure you want to replace "explorer.exe". Then type "exit" and hit ctrl+alt+del and reboot the computer.
10) You're done! When you boot up, you should see your change to the former "Start" menu. It's now the (fill-in-the-blank) menu, and be sure to always refer to it by it's new name when talking to friends so that they have no clue what the heck you're talking about and assume it must be some advanced control panel you've unlocked
You can also adjust other text values that you see displayed with ResHacker, just find a string you recognize and replace it, all the other steps are the same. Under "String Table", the following values may be of specific interest:
34 -> 1033 -> 533 -- You can change the pop-up box that appears when you hover over the "Start" menu.
439 -> 1033 -> 7012 -- You can change the text for "Log Off" and "Turn Off Computer" in the Start Menu.
--> This tutorial is also availible on my site.