Resource Editor: How To Edit Resources in EXE Files

Resource Tuner lets you open Windows executable files such as .EXE, .DLL, Device Drivers (.SYS), OCX Controls, and several others. But still you will not be able to modify the actual code in any way: resources are separated from the program code. This way, you can make significant changes to the interface of the program while leaving the code untouched. You may also be able to translate the program interface into another language.

Open EXE/DLL File with Resource Tuner

Resource Tuner contains a number of methods for opening files. To open a file for browsing or editing resources, click the toolbutton to the left or click File > Open [CTRL+O]. The dropdown menu next to the toolbutton gives you quick access to recently open files. This list can be also accessed from the File > Recent Files menu option.

Open file in Resource Tuner

When you open a file for browsing or editing resources, Resource Tuner shows you a directory-like structure of the embedded resources present in the file, such as images, sounds, dialogs, menus, XML data, HTML data, and toolbars.

Edit and replace existing resources in your EXE or DLL files

Once inside, you can change the look of the icons, cursors, dialogs, buttons, sounds, animations and other elements of the Windows user interface by editing and replacing resources in the executable files.

All changes made to resources can be watched on the screen and, if you are not satisfied with the result, you can return to the previous state. Any change you make can be restored prior to quitting the editor using the OK button. You also have an option to create a backup copy of the target file (enabled by default). So by no means you can overwrite any important files.

Visual enviroment for editing dialogs

Depending on the resource type, the Resource Editor automatically starts the appropriate editor mode (Graphics, Dialog, Menu, DFM, Text, Media or Version Info), if one is available.

Graphic Image Viewer

Not all of those resources support direct editing, but for most you can replace and edit them. This would allow you, for instance, to add your own custom branding to an application, change dialog messages, customize toolbar actions, and so on without having access to the actual source code.


For more serious changes (though this may not do you any good unless you have a good understanding of programming functions), check out PE Explorer. For viewing and editing the raw binary data contents of the DLL file, use Flex Hex Editor.


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