Monday, August 24, 2009

Chameleon Button by Gonchuki Systems

copyright ©2001-2003 by gonchuki

this custom control will emulate the most common
command buttons that everyone knows.

it took me three months to develop this control
but that was a first step now eight months after
it turned out to be a very professional control.


ever wanted to add cool buttons to your app???
this is the BEST solution!!!

Copyright © 2001-2003 by gonchuki

Commercial use of this control is FORBIDDEN
without registering first.
You can only use parts of this code for other
open source or freeware programs. Reuse of this
code in commercial applications is also FORBIDDEN
You can use this code without asking for your
personal projects or for freeware but remember
to give credits where its due

you MUST NOT build nor distribute OCX controls
based on the Chameleon Button, doing so is
against this terms.

Download source code here

How to customise your start button

First you need a tool called "Resource Hacker". This free program allows you to change resources in any .exe file such as "Explorer.exe", which includes the [Start] button's Label. You can visit and search there for "Resource Hacker".
After you download it, follow the guide here:

Step 1:

A - Run "Resource Hacker" and open the file "%windir%\Explorer.exe".
B - You see a Tree of all Resources in this file, expand the "String Table"
C - Find the "start" and replace it with your own text. then press the [Compile Script] button.
D - Save "Explorer.exe" as "MyStart.exe" DONT save it as Explorer.exe, do "save as.." and give it a new name.
E - Quit "Resource Hacker".

Step 2:

A - Click on the [Start] button and choose the "Run..." item from the start menu. (Or use the shortcut key WinKey+R)
B - Type "RegEdit" in the Run "Dialog Box". And then press the [Ok] buton to run the "Registry Editor" program.
C - Go to: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" and find the "Shell" property.
D - Replace value of the "Shell" property to "MyStart.exe".
E - Quit "Registry Editor".
F - Restart your system.

Note about Registry Editor:
if you did not find the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon", you can search the Registry for the "Explorer.exe", to do this use the Edit Menu | Find Next (Ctrl+F).

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Change The Default Location For Installing Application

As the size of hardrives increase, more people are using partitions to seperate and store groups of files.

XP uses the C:\Program Files directory as the default base directory into which new programs are installed. However, you can change the default installation drive and/ or directory by using a Registry hack.

Run the Registry Editor (regedit)and go to


Look for the value named ProgramFilesDir. by default,this value will be C:\Program Files. Edit the value to any valid drive or folder and XP will use that new location as the default installation directory for new programs.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sample Thesis: For Surigao Students

This is a screen shots of the thesis I am working for Surigao Students
This is a inventory system for Pat's Purified Drinking Water, it is not yet finish but I will post some of the modules that I am done with.

This are the screen shots of it:

1. This is the main screen

2. Customer's Information Module

Align Center

3. Adding/Editing Customers Information