How to modify system files using Resource Hacker in Windows

Resource Hacker is one of the amazing tool which completely customize the Windows UI and appearance. It allow you to edit the system files like DLL, EXE, CPL and more and you can even replace the existing text strings, images, menus and other things. In some of our tutorials whenever we would like to tweak some settings we used Resource Hacker to modify the system files.


Using Resource Hacker to modify the system is a bit tricky process, in fact many of our reader complained that they are facing some issues when dealing with Resource Hacker. Most common complaint is unable to save the modified file in the Resource Hacker. This is because that particular system files is using by Windows and it will never allow you to modify the system file directly. Here we are showing how to modify a system file in Resource Hacker.


So if you have modified the system file, but getting the error when saving it, then here is how to overcome that error.

How to modify system files using Resource Hacker in Windows

  • Many people will make the common mistake that, they will try to modify system file in Resource Hacker directly. This couldn’t be done because Windows will protect the system files using the in-built service called as Windows File Protection which doesn’t let the users to modify the system files. So you need to copy the system file which you would like to modify and paste it in the different location.
  • Now open the copied file in the new location using Resource Hacker.
  • Modify the file however you like. After modifying the file, save the file. Now you will not get any error message because the file you edited is not using by the Windows.
  • Now replace the original file with the modified one. For this, you need to take the ownership of the original system file.
  • After taking administrative privileges on the file, rename it with some other name. For instance if the file name is Shell32.dll then rename is Shell32_duplicate.dll.
  • Copy the newly edited system file and paste in the folder that containing the original file.

That’s it, now restart your computer and now it will start using the new file. You can check the changes you have made after restarting the system and if everything is okay, then you can delete the original system file, which you have renamed in step 5.

have phunn!!!!!!!!


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