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  • PE Explorer

    PE Explorer is the most feature-packed program for inspecting the inner workings of your own software, and more importantly, third party Windows applications and...

    • Discontinued
      Not updated for very long time, no 64bit support.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • Resource Tuner

    Resource Tuner lets you view, extract, replace, edit, and delete the embedded resources of executable files: icons, strings, images, sounds, dialogs, menus - all that...

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • Restorator

    Restorator is an award-winning utility to edit windows resources in applications and their components, e.g. files with .exe, .dll, .res, .rc, .dcr, extension (see PE...

    • Discontinued
      The software seems to be no longer updated. Latest version was released in 2007, but it can be still bought from the official website.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Anolis Resourcer

    Flexible and extensible resource editor for Win32/PE applications under active development. Is "MUI Aware" and supports all the changes made to the resource...

    • Discontinued
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    Free Open Source Windows

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  • ResEdit

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    Free Windows

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  • XN Resource Editor

    XN Resource Editor is a free, powerful, fully featured resource editor and PE module explorer.

    • Discontinued
      The project is no longer updated and the official website is no longer available. Last version,, released in December 2005, can be still downloaded from an unofficial mirror.

    Free Open Source Windows

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Try PE Explorer and Resource Tuner

Comment by HughTash
about Resource Hacker and PE Explorer, Resource Tuner · Oct 2014 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

If you're having problems with Resource Hacker, try PE Explorer and Resource Tuner by Heaventools Software.

PE Explorer and Resource Tuner aren't free, but you can use TRIAL versions to fulfill your needs.

Personally, I was unable to change Google Chrome icons using Process Hacker, because after changing icons, Google Chrome simply wouldn't start. Resource Tuner allowed me to change Google Chrome icons successfully in a very convenient way.

By the way, Resource Hacker is discontinued and the last version of Resource Hacker v3.6.0.92 was released in 2011-09-16, contrary to Resource Tuner v2.01 which was released in 2014-10-01.


PE Explorer is a easy disassembling tool and code viewer for beginners and lay people interested in reverse engineering, but it doesn't support x64 programs. For those interested in that specific feature, there's a lot of free alternative 32 and 64 bits disassembling tools.

Latest Version 5.1.7
Last updated: 3 January 2019

@ Tales_Warner
Some names, leads, URLs would be even more helpful.

And at $120 usd it is beyond my "wallet"

Comment by bawldiggle
about Resource Hacker · Jun 2020 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Latest release v5.1.7 (3-Feb-2019)
Illustrated help/instructions on Resource Hacker - Home page are v.very helpful.
I have changed application icons, to make them more obvious in "TaskBar"

There are 2 editions of offline installer EXE and ZIP versions (by the developer)
And one portable (PAF) version (courtesy of



Comment by Furgelnod
about Resource Hacker · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

A staple tool in many window smashers pockets. All soughts of customisations can and have been done to binaries using resource hacker.


Comment by kwoxer
about Resource Hacker · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Awesome tool to change your whole Windows.

Change Windows Start Button.


@ Kwoxer
Your YouTube link fails, all it shows is a 10 second, intro, but no info