Post subject: Windows XP .dll files modification Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:52 pm
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How many files approximately would I need to edit using Resource Hacker in Windows XP to get most the icons looking like Windows Vista, without installing Vista Transformation pack? I know the main files I need to edit such as shell32.dll. The reason for this is, when SP3 for XP is released, I will download and slipstream it into my Windows XP Pro SP2 disc, then expand the files, replace the icons so that they look Vista-like, then use makecab to compress them and put the files into the i386 folder, overwritting the originals, so that when I install Windows XP, I can install it precustomized and maybe even share the customizations with you guys depending on how creative I am.
%windir%\System32\NToskrnl.exe : To change Windows Boot screen
%windir%\System32\Logonui.exe : To change Windows Login Screen
%windir%\System32\MSgina.dll : To change the text & background of Shutdown dialog box
%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll : To change a lot of things, like Progress dialog box (copying, deleting, etc.), Run dialog box, Context menu items, and many other things (As much as you’ll go through the items, you’ll know what I’m talking about)
%windir%\System32\Netshell.dll : To change flashing internet icon in system tray
%windir%\System32\Comdlg32.dll : To change the look of Open/Save dialog box, color box, print box, find & replace box, etc.
%windir%\System32\Stobject.dll : To change volume icon & some other icons in system tray
%windir%\System32\mydocs.dll : To change My Documents icon
Note that each control panel typically has its icon in the .cpl file for it in the system32 folder, and there are also some more icons in xpsp2res.dll eg the little security shield icons. Also I would not recommend changing msgina.dll, I tried to replace that Windows 95 icon that is on XP's Shut Down dialog (the one you see with the Welcome Screen disabled) once and it screwed everything up.