Change the text on the Windows Start Button

Starttxt is a piece of software I wrote in Visual Basic in 2002.

Starttxt will replace the text on the Start button that looks like this by default:



Known Bugs & Limitations

  • It takes some time until the routine works.
  • Moving the start bar resets the text
  • Works on Windows 2000 and Windows XP with classic theme.

Technical background

  • This program replaces all “Start” it can find in the open Wnidows with the text you give it


  • Get the starttxt.exe selfextracting zip.
  • Read the Readme
  • Run Setup.exe: Set the text and close it.
  • Run Auto.exe
  • Put Auto.exe into your Autostart.