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Logging off... Text Message - Change

How to Change "Logging off..." Text Message at Shut Down in Vista and Windows 7
Published by Brink
24 Nov 2010
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How to Change "Logging off..." Text Message at Shut Down in Vista and Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to change the Logging off... text message you get after clicking on Log off or Shut Down in Windows 7 and Vista to any text message that you want it to say instead.

You can only do this tutorial while logged on as an administrator.

Note   Note
If you run a sfc /scannow command, then you will lose all changes made to the system file in the tutorial below since it and all other system files will be restored back to default by the command.

For Windows 7 Only:
warning   Warning
Making a mistake while modifying system files can render your Windows 7 installation unusable. To be safe, you should create a restore point before doing this tutorial in case you need to do a system restore at boot using the restore point to undo any mistakes that may be made.


EXAMPLE: Default and Changed "Logging off..." Text Message at Shut Down
NOTE: By default you get a Logging off... message right before the Shutting down... message after you shut down the computer.
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Logging off... Text Message - Change-changed.jpg






OPTION ONE
Change "Logging off..." Text Message at Log off or Shut Down
1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winlogon.exe.mui. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
The en-US folder is in English Windows 7 copies. If you have a non-English Windows 7 copy, then this folder will have a different name reflecting your language instead. The table below are a few of the most common ones.
Folder NameLanguage
da-DKDanish
en-GBEnglish-Great Britian
en-USEnglish-U.S.
fi-FIFinnish
fr-FRFrench
de-DEGerman
el-GRGreek
it-ITItalian
no-NONorwegian
es-ESSpanish
sv-SESwedish
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2. Take ownership of the winlogon.exe.mui file with your user account, and set it's permissions to Allow your user account Full Control. Close Windows Explorer when finished.

3. Copy the winlogon.exe.mui file to your desktop.

4. If you have not already, then download and install the latest version of Resource Hacker.
5. Right click on the Resource Hacker shortcut in Start Menu - All Programs, then click on Run as administrator. (see screenshot below)
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6. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

7. In Resource Hacker, click on File and Open. (see screenshot below)
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8. Navigate to your Desktop, select All Files (*.*) in the Files of type drop down box, select the winlogon.exe.mui file, then click on the Open button. (see screenshot below)
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9. In the left pane of Resource Hacker, expand String Table, and 63, to 1033. (see screenshot below)
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10. In the right pane of 1033, replace the Logging off... text in quotes at the 1003 location with the text you want instead (ex: Logging off users...) within quotes, then click on the Compile Script button. (see screenshot above and below)
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11. Click on File and Save, then close Resource Hacker. (see screenshot below)
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12. Copy the modified winlogon.exe.mui file on your Desktop, and Paste it into the C:\Windows\System32\en-US folder from step 1. (see screenshot below step 1)
NOTE: The en-US folder is in English Windows 7 copies. If you have a non-English Windows 7 copy, then this folder will have a different name reflecting your language instead.

13. Click on Copy and Replace. (see screenshot below)
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14. If prompted, click on Continue (UAC) and Yes to approve.

15. Open a elevated command prompt, type mcbuilder, press Enter, then close the command prompt. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Thanks to Fimble for pointing this out.
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16. Restart the computer.

17. Open the Start Menu and click on either Log off or Shut Down in the arrow menu to see the changes made.
WARNING: Be sure to save anything that you have open first.

18. You can delete the winlogon.exe_original.mui backup that ResHacker created on your desktop if you like since you can easily do OPTION TWO below to restore the default settings.



OPTION TWO
Restore Default "Logging off..." Text Message at Log off or Shut Down
1. Repeat OPTION ONE above, but type Logging off... in step 10 instead.
That's it,
Shawn




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24 Nov 2010   #1
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Very nice!


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24 Nov 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you sir.
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25 Nov 2010   #3
dew1

 
 

great job
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25 Nov 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Dew.
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03 Dec 2010   #5
drifking8887

windows 7
 
 

my pc say can not save why i got it as admin
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03 Dec 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Drifking,

Are you logged in as an administrator, and right clicked on Resource Hacker and clicked on "Run as administrator"?



If you did, then try this instead:
  • Copy the winlogon.exe.mui file to your desktop.
  • Make the changes to this copy on your desktop using the tutorial instead of the actual System32\en-US\winlogon.exe.mui files.
  • If you had not already from step 2, take ownership and set the permissions of the actual System32\en-US\winlogon.exe.mui file to "Allow" your user account "Full Control".
  • Copy the winlogon.exe.mui file from your desktop and "Paste" it into the System32\en-US folder to replace the System32\en-US\winlogon.exe.mui file with the modified one on your desktop.
  • Restart the computer to apply.
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Dec 2010   #7
drifking8887

windows 7
 
 

thanks i will try
thanks again.....
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29 Dec 2010   #8
huat0823

Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit
 
 

hello brink,
i got problem for this,i already did everything,but nothing happen...
can u help solve the problem...?

thanks...
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29 Dec 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Huato, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check through each step to make sure that you didn't miss anything by mistake, If you are having any problems/errors with a step, please just let me know.
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