List of Windows UI Resources to Customize Using Resource Hacker

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NOTE: For Windows Vista and Windows 7, edit the MUI files instead of the DLL and EXE files as mentioned in following 2 tutorials: Link 1, Link 2

This topic contains a list of some common GUI customizations, which most of the people want to do in Windows. In this tutorial, we'll tell you the exact location of many interesting UI items such as images, dialog boxes, text strings, menus, etc which you can change to customize Windows look-n-feel.

You just need to open the mentioned files in Resource Hacker tool and go to the mentioned resource location:

Changing look of RUN Dialog Box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1003 -> 1033.

Changing Progress Dialog Box (The box which appears while copying/pasting/deleting files)

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1020 -> 1033.

Changing look of Open With box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1063 -> 1033 & Dialog -> 1070 -> 1033.

Changing look of Classic Log off dialog box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1071 -> 1033.

Changing look of Drive Properties box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1080 -> 1033 & Dialog -> 1081 -> 1033.

Changing look of New Log off dialog box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1089 -> 1033.

Changing look of the box which appears when Windows asks to select application or search with web service to open UNKNOWN file type

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1091 -> 1033.

Changing look of Autoplay box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1119 -> 1033.

Changing look of Folder Customize box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1124 -> 1033.

Changing look of Windows Default CD Writing Wizard

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1125 to 1138 -> 1033.

Changing look of Classic Shutdown dialog box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 8226 -> 1033.

Changing look of About Windows dialog box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 14352 -> 1033.

Changing look of Format Drive dialog box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 28672 -> 1033.

Changing look of Scan Disk dialog box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 28800 -> 1033.

Changing look of Desktop tab in Desktop Properties box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 29952 to 29956 -> 1033.

Changing look of Folder Options box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 29959 & 29960 -> 1033.

Changing look of DOS Properties box

Open %windir%\System32\shell32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 32768 - 32885 -> 1033.

Changing look of Taskbar & Start Menu Properties box

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: Dialog -> 6 to 1135 -> 1033.

Changing look of Windows Security box which appears when we press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> keys while Welcome Screen is Disabled

Open %windir%\System32\Msgina.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1800 -> 1033.

Changing look of Shutdown Reason UI box

Open %windir%\System32\Msgina.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 2200 -> 1033.

Changing look of New Shutdown dialog box

Open %windir%\System32\Msgina.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 20100 -> 1033.

Changing look of Shutdown Timer box

Open %windir%\System32\WinLogon.exe file, and go to: Dialog -> 1300 -> 1033.

Changing look of System Properties box

Open %windir%\System32\Sysdm.cpl file, and go to: Dialog -> 41 to 4103 -> 1033.

Changing look of Choose Color box

Open %windir%\System32\Comdlg32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> CHOOSECOLOR -> 1033.

Changing look of Choose Font box

Open %windir%\System32\Comdlg32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 401 & 1543 -> 1033.

Changing look of Printer Properties box

Open %windir%\System32\Comdlg32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1538 & 1539 & 1546 -> 1033.

Changing look of Open/Save Dialog box

Open %windir%\System32\Comdlg32.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1547 * 1552 -> 1033.

Changing look of various tabs present in Desktop Properties box

Open %windir%\System32\ThemeUI.dll file, and go to: Dialog -> 1000 to 1017 -> 1033.

Changing look of Classic Programs Menu

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: Menu -> 204 -> 1033.

Changing look of Taskbar Context Menu

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: Menu -> 205 -> 1033.

Changing the Start button Text

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: String Table -> 37 -> 1033 -> 578 (For New Theme) & String Table -> 38 -> 1033 -> 595 (For Classic Theme).

Changing the Start Button Tool-Tip Text

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: String Table -> 51 -> 1033 -> 800.

Changing the Log off, Shutdown, Search, Help & Support, Run, etc. Text entries in New Start Menu

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: String Table -> 439 -> 1033.

Changing the Internet & E-Mail text in New Start Menu

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: String Table -> 440 -> 1033.

Changing the All Programs text in New Start Menu

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: String Table -> 515 -> 1033 -> 8226.

Changing Connect to, Control Panel, Favorites, My Recent Documents text entries in New Start Menu

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: String Table -> 515 -> 1033.

Changing Start Button Icon

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: Bitmap -> 143 -> 1033.

Changing Left-Side Image in Classic Start Menu

Open %windir%\Explorer.exe file, and go to: Bitmap -> 167 -> 1033.

NOTE: Here %windir% means C:\Windows\ folder. We assume that Windows is installed in C: drive in your system. If you installed Windows in some other drive, replace C: with the appropriate drive letter.





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