Resource Hacker 4.2.0 Now Available for Download

"Resource Hacker" is one of our favorite Windows software which is used to edit various system files such as dll, exe, cpl, etc. Most of the times its used to modify Windows look-n-feel, for example you can change look of various dialog boxes, menus, etc.

We have posted an exclusive review and many other useful tutorials about Resource Hacker at following links:

Now some good news! Our friend "Angus Johnson" who is the developer of this tool, has released an updated stable version 4.2.0 of Resource Hacker which comes with many improvements and some new features. That's a major update and every Resource Hacker user should download and install the new version.


What's new in 4.2.0 version:

  • Redesigned user interface (UI) and icons
  • New toolbar which can be disabled using Edit -> Preferences -> Hide Toolbar option
  • New Preferences option under Edit menu to customize default fonts, language, color, etc
  • Unicode support
  • Removal of Language type menu from resource tree structure
  • Improved display of ANI Icon/Cursor
  • Major redesign to properly handle RC files
  • Now its easy to compile RC script files from commandline and GUI
  • Now its easy to create resources from scratch
  • Addition of script templates for new resources
  • Addition of search feature
  • Bug fixes related to compiler
  • Also available in portable version which doesn't need installation

What was new in 4.0.0 version:

  • Main changes include better displaying of images (esp. 32-bit images)
  • Allows creating RES files from scratch (including template dialog, menu, string table, version and manifest resources)
  • Numerous cosmetic improvements

What was new in 3.6.0 version:

  • Can decompile/compile 64-bit executable
  • Added PNG image support
  • Added PNG icons support


You can download the new version using following link:

Download Resource Hacker

NOTE: People who want to create and use a portable version of Resource Hacker, just install it using the setup file and after installation, copy "Resource Hacker" folder from "C:\Program Files" folder to any other desired location like another drive, USB stick, etc and then run the EXE file from there. You are ready to enjoy the portable version.

UPDATE: Now an official portable version of Resource Hacker is also available for download at the website.

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    Reshacker will not be updated without further notice.

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  • VG

    ^^ Try following:

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  • VG

    ^^ Which Windows are you using? Try solution of point 19:

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  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

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  • VG

    ^^ I have not checked that file but this version of Resource Hacker should be able to open the file.

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    ^^ If you can find the resource with Resource Hacker, then you can change it otherwise not.

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  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

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  • VG

    ^^ The developer i.e. "Angus Johnson" shared it with us. :)

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    ^^ Check following topic:

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    ^^ You can try to open its EXE or DLL files in Resource Hacker and if you find the image resource, you can replace it with your desired image.

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