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Windows 7: Editing the task manager bitmaps

07 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Editing the task manager bitmaps


I am attempting to change the look of task manager in such a way that the bars which indicate the CPU / RAM usage under the Performance tab are a rainbow instead of all green. I had initially thought I could do this by opening up taskmgr.exe with a program such as resource editor, editing the appropriate bitmaps (103, 104, 125), and then saving them.

Of course, when I tried to save, I ran into the classic "System error code 5: Access is denied" message. Same old same old. I took ownership of everything relevant already (I think...?)

So then I thought, why don't I just make a copy of taskmgr.exe, edit that one, change the bitmaps in there, overwrite the original file with the copy! This resulted in task manager not being able to load at all. In order to restore functionality, I replaced the new taskmgr.exe with a copy of the original from my desktop.

This makes me think that there might be some sort of hash function that wasn't checking out or something, but I don't know why there would be one.

Anyone have any ideas on what to do from here?



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