Simply run Resource Hacker, open the explorer.exe (found in the Windows directory) – and you are ready to make changes.
To change the icon of the Start button do:
- Expand the category Bitmap.
- Navigate down to and expand string 143 followed by highlighting 1033.
- Click Action and then Replace bitmap
- Open file with new bitmap (the new picture must be 25×20, and have 16 million colors)
- Select a picture file
- Click Replace
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:
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