Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Replace explorer.exe with another?

12 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Replace explorer.exe with another?


i just downloaded a windows 7 theme from deviantart,
however the start menu doesn't chance and i asked the author of it and he tells me i need to chance the explorer.exe with the one that came with his theme.

But i can't replace it because windows 7 isn't allowing me to do it because of lack of rights. wich i should have since im the only user on my computer and with fully administrative rights.

I also have taken ownership of the file, but i still cannot replace the original explorer.exe file

here is a link to the theme how it should look like: Link to the theme: Clearscreen Sharp for Windows7 by *K-Johnson on deviantART

My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Dec 2009   #2

Win 7

Not replace.
Rename the explorer.exe and drag the new explorer.exe in /windows
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Worked now thanks, however i did like this, cause apparently i didn't really take ownership of the both files, so i had to take overship of the Orgininal explorer.exe by chaning the owner to administrator, and then change the rights of the file for administrator. and then i could rename the file like you mentioned to something else and then replace it with the new one and then it worked
My System SpecsSystem Spec

18 Jun 2011   #4

windows 7 Ultimate x64,

So i took owner ship of the orginal file and im made my self administer but when i click yes i would like to change the name a window pops up says i cant and dont have permission please help im running windows 7 64
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kubish97 View Post
So i took owner ship of the orginal file and im made my self administer but when i click yes i would like to change the name a window pops up says i cant and dont have permission please help im running windows 7 64
Welcome to the Seven Forums
1st you need to take ownership Take Ownership Shortcut
Then give permissions Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups then you can rename it.

Note: Make a restore point 1st just in case something goes wrong System Restore Point - Create
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jun 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit

In most of all the third party themes including this one under discussion, changing explorer.exe changes the start button only .

Other than changing explorer.exe, you may use Windows 7 Start Button Changer to change the start button.

A few nice source of custom start buttons are :
Custom Start Menu Button Collection
Browsing Start Orbs on deviantART

Alternatively, there is another way to change it , by using StartOrbz - Start Orb Manager & Creator .
For ORBs to match this program .... go to StartOrbz Genuine Creations .
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Replace explorer.exe with another?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How can I 'Copy and Replace' not 'Move and Replace'.
For some reason W7 has decided to change 'Copy and Replace' with 'Move and Replace' when picking a file up with the left mouse and dragging it to another folder where an old version of the file exists. My Excel SS is in two places: My desktop and USB which I use for backup. I would simply open...
General Discussion
i am looking for a prog to replace windows explorer with
I have a Gateway md2614u laptop os Win7 home 32bit. Right now I use FreeCommander instead of Windows Explorer. FreeCommander meets my needs except for 1 bug. Sometimes FreeCommander will lock up when I right click on a file or dir. Normally if I go into Windows Explorer and del the file or dir...
General Discussion
Can't copy, paste, replace, darg drop in windows explorer, Need help
okay I really, really need help :cry: here's the situation i copied file and paste a file to a folder but nothing happened, I have got the same situation for cut. drag and drop function is also not working but I still can copy, paste and cut words in word processor such microsoft word ,etc ...
General Discussion
Li-Fi might replace Wi-Fi
Its amazing if its going to happen, they claim that we can use LED bulbs for our internet connections. Will Li-Fi be the new Wi-Fi? - tech - 28 July 2011 - New Scientist
Chillout Room
My best peformance tweak yet (Replace Explorer)
Well I've been running Windows 7 since Beta 1. Beta 1 was great, Beta 2 great, RC great but since the final code there is most definitely some problems with the way Windows Explorer performs in the final code particularly on X64 systems. Simple operations like cutting and pasting files can...
Performance & Maintenance

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:53.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App