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Part IV: Appendix > Using ResHacker

Appendix A. Using ResHacker

Our foray into skinning has taken advantage of software utilities that either use the resident Windows skinning engine (uxtheme.dll) or provide their own skinning engine and format, such as WindowBlinds. The fact that you can hack Windows resource files and forgo the use of add-on skinning software has been mentioned several times in this book, and a particular resource hacking utility named Resource Hacker has also been referenced.

Resource Hacker (ResHacker for short) is a freeware utility that enables you to open, view, and edit Windows resource files. This enables you to edit system files. Although I don’t recommend using ResHacker, I am making you aware of its existence. It can be used to do such things as hack resource files such as explorer.exe so you can modify the available icons in it—this is one of the files that supplies default desktop icons. You can also use ResHacker to create your own logon screens by hacking the default logonui.exe file (see Chapter 13, “Changing XP Logon Screens and Boot Screens,” for more about logon screens).


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