Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Modify executable (.exe) Files Using Resource Hacker

Modify change executable files
Modifying *.exe files would be illegal but it’ll only effect if you're going to clime those .exe files had create by you and distributed among others through internet or any other way. Here I'm going to showing you the ability of changing the exe files without any knowledge about programming or using such software like dissemblers.

Executable files known exe. Editing exe is can surprise anybody. Method I’m going to showing here is based on tool called ResHack. A free tool which has ability of editing some aspect of exe files. Mainly this tool can be use to change the appearance of applications (interface, icons, release notes, product information and etc.)
  • First of all download the latest version of the Reshack from here.
  • Next unzip the ResHack archive into its subdir or any other folder. You don’t have to install this software. It is nice little piece of software which has enormous power of changing exe files.
  • Open ResHack and click File Open or press Ctrl+O to open a file. Browse for any file you need to edit, using resourcehacker you're able to edit *.exe, *.dll, *.ocx, *.scr and *.cpl files.
  • In the left side of the reshack screen a list will be open. We need to go through these sections and edit the exe file as we desire.
These sections can be vary by the file you're open, some files can be edit more depth and some are only allow to change the icon and other two or 3 areas.

Surely icon section can change in any exe file and RCData,Dialog,Menu,String are also can change most of the times.


Best practice for editing exe is first take a copy of the exe file and open it via Reshack. Then open orginal exe file normally as it opens and compare its texts, buttons with the texts available in ResHack. This will provide a clue about the areas you're editing in exe file using reshack.

Common Practice:

  • To change anything click "edit this".
  • After any changes press "Compile Script" button, and when done save and exit.
  • Automatically ResHack creates a Backup file, so in anycase you can start form beginning once again.
  • Exe files that are compressed with Exe compressors can't modify with Resource Haker. Normally these software giving an error message when it opens through Reshack.


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