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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
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12 Dec 2009   #2

Win 7

Not replace.
Rename the explorer.exe and drag the new explorer.exe in /windows
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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 :)
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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
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18 Jun 2011   #5

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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
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19 Jun 2011   #6

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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 .
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