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Start Button Screw-Up

by green_lucan2 / March 19, 2007 8:27 AM PDT

Hey. Umm, so yeah I found out that there was some way to change the Windows Start Button on the taskbar by downloading the program called "Resource Hacker" and long story short: I screwed explorer.exe all up. I know have multiple explorer.exe files and it never loads during startup OR when I try to run it. Here's the address where I found out how to do this from: . So I'm hoping to god that someone cal look at that page and sort of figure out how to UNDO the damage I did. I won't be messing around with code ever again! lol

Thanks a lot guys!


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Have you tried to restore to a date
by Ray Harinec / March 19, 2007 9:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Start Button Screw-Up

before you installed thar program???

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Yes, I think...
by green_lucan2 / March 19, 2007 9:49 AM PDT

System restore has saved me many many times in the past... lol. So natually it was my first action: I went into the F8 menu at startup and tried "restoring system to last known good configuration" ... but that was futile. It's virtually impossible to find ANYTHING using just folder views in windows. no search.. no nothin.. just click click click. Makes it even harder when you rarely, if ever, use the command prompt.

Anyways, do you know any other options?

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When you boot into Windows...
by meisinscotland / March 19, 2007 9:57 AM PDT
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Can you use CTRL+SHIFT+ESC into the task manager? and then in the File Menu, Click Run, and type


and then restore your system!

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by Cursorcowboy / March 19, 2007 11:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Start Button Screw-Up

1. From the link you provided it says "Locate explorer.exe in your c:\Windows directory. Make a copy of the file in the same directory and rename it explorer.bak" which I hope you did.

2. Reading the instructions given at that site I find these steps where you rename the file you created to Explorer.exe:

? 16. Now that you've made your changes, save the file in your Windows folder with another name, such as newstartbutton.exe. Don't name it Explorer.exe, because that file is already being used by your system. Close all open programs and restart your system.

? 17. Boot into Safe Mode With Command Prompt by pressing F8 on startup. Then choose Safe Mode in the command prompt.

? 18. Log on as administrator and enter your password.

? 19. When the command prompt comes up, make sure you're in the right directory by typing "cd c:\windows" (without the quotes).

? 20. Now type "copy c:\windows\newstartbutton.exe c:\windows\explorer.exe" (no quotes). Type "yes" (no quotes) to overwrite the existing file, then restart your system by typing "shutdown -r" (no quotes).

? When Windows relaunches, you'll see your new Start button in all its glory!

3. Either rename the saved Explorer.old file to Explorer.exe to replace the file currently used or run the System File Checker {SFC) to extract the default "Explorer.exe" file.

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