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Author Topic: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )  (Read 5711 times)

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[Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:27 AM »
Hello Coders!

This is my 1st day here in this forum and i've been seeing some good codes here so why not try to request :)

Request:

A new DLL to change the default windows title for the .exe since the developer doesn't want to remove their branding even we paid for the files and services.

Must be:
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    • .DLL to hook to .exe

Here's the screenshot of the default windows title that they don't want to remove

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Thank you so much and if this is a paid one just let me know the price.

God bless!
   

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2019, 02:25 AM »
Welcome to the forum @scriptkid, I'm in!

Please paint a bit more of the scenario to see if the best use-case is a DLL, a "launcher" program or perhaps a direct EXE change at the binary file level.



It can be accomplished via creating a single-purpose program for starting the application hidden, changing the title using the windows API, then making the windows visible.

This would be the "soft" approach and a good starting point which doesn't require anything further other than the .exe name you have there.

Let's try this first!

What's the exact .EXE file name?

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2019, 02:37 AM »
"Permanent" aint a hook.... permanent = patching .exe file.
In general you can use any "WinSpy" program thats avail to change application caption, so no need to invent something new.

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2019, 06:45 AM »
Welcome to the forum @scriptkid, I'm in!

Please paint a bit more of the scenario to see if the best use-case is a DLL, a "launcher" program or perhaps a direct EXE change at the binary file level.



It can be accomplished via creating a single-purpose program for starting the application hidden, changing the title using the windows API, then making the windows visible.

This would be the "soft" approach and a good starting point which doesn't require anything further other than the .exe name you have there.

Let's try this first!

What's the exact .EXE file name?

Cheers!

Can i send it here?

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2019, 07:03 AM »
Can i send it here?

Wait! Please allow me to finish a window title changer generator so YOU can use it on your own...

(This way it can help the most)

Repo: https://github.com/p...r-launcher-generator

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2019, 07:40 AM »
Can i send it here?

Wait! Please allow me to finish a window title changer generator so YOU can use it on your own...

(This way it can help the most)

Repo: https://github.com/p...r-launcher-generator

Cheers!
Vic

Sorry to ask since i'm not really good with coding, this will just change the tile by opening it?

Thanks!

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2019, 01:26 PM »
this will just change the tile by opening it?

Yes, a new standalone "launcher.exe" is compiled/generated to be placed in the same folder as the target program.

When the user opens this launcher file, it starts the target program (hidden), monitors in a loop while it loads, then changes title bar text to whatever you configured it to be.

Once it's changed, the target program is finally made visible; this way the user never gets to see the original title message.

It should be finished during the weekend, as I've done user-initiated compilation before. No prob.

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2019, 06:00 AM »
But this is not permant, it is for local usage / systems with your app only....

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2019, 07:49 PM »
Hi there! Making the process reversible so it's taking a bit longer.

TitleChangerLauncherGenerator_update.png

(Does make usage smoother since the user avoids file renaming by hand)

But this is not permant, it is for local usage / systems with your app only....

Correct! In this particular approach for title change, this may be a plus; since there's no messing with the target exe file, it's akin to a file-replacement job, keeping the original as a live backup :)
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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2019, 07:53 PM »
Hi there! Making the process reversible so it's taking a bit longer.

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(Does make usage smoother since the user avoids file renaming by hand)

But this is not permant, it is for local usage / systems with your app only....

Correct! In this particular approach for title change, this may be a plus; since there's no messing with the target exe file, it's akin to a file-replacement job, keeping the original as a live backup :)

Hi thanks for doing it, but question by the way. That's only for local and not a hooking app right? like the player should click that so that they can change the title? can it be a permanent title change if thats possible?

God Bless!

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2019, 01:46 AM »
Hi there scriptkid, there is no secure way to change an applications caption/title except by "WinSpy" things like publicdomain does.

Example:
File has crc checks inside = file would become corrupted.
File is packed (exe packer) = you cant find proper offset.

Another limitation by exe patching would be, caption/title (yes, there are two of them) new name must be same length or shorter, but never longer than original.

Sorry to kill your dream/wish for a permanent patching mechanism.

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2019, 01:51 AM »
Hi there scriptkid, there is no secure way to change an applications caption/title except by "WinSpy" things like publicdomain does.

Example:
File has crc checks inside = file would become corrupted.
File is packed (exe packer) = you cant find proper offset.

Another limitation by exe patching would be, caption/title (yes, there are two of them) new name must be same length or shorter, but never longer than original.

Sorry to kill your dream/wish for a permanent patching mechanism.

Thank you,

The main.exe is not protected and secondly the provider allows us to hook a .dll so im 100% sure it's unpacked and CRC check we have control on what files to include

Cheers!

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2019, 04:48 AM »
This solution can be deemed "permanent" as long as you don't revert to the original file names...

Let's give this one a try scriptkid. We can grow in complexity as the situation demands it.

We're going to accompany you all the way for achieving this; going from simpler to more complex solutions until one fits :Thmbsup:

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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2019, 02:17 AM »
UPDATE: main functionality is complete :) Only small details such as about box remain... (I'm devoting to it)

In-place allows for launchers to replace target programs in disk so start menu + other shortcuts continue to work smoothly.

It also got easier since the "previous title" field is not needed any longer.

TitleChangerLauncherGenerator_pre-release-update.png

If you want to peek at the code, MainForm.cs

Formal release for fellow users in the making! Cheers
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Re: [Request] - Windows Title Change ( Permanent )
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2019, 09:58 AM »
Formal release for fellow users in the making!

It's uploaded :Thmbsup:

Release: Title Changer Launcher Generator v0.1.0



Usage video:



Enjoy!
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