So I'm trying to patch a binary (its a GUI app), and i want to patch the title of it as well when I'm patching it, and by title i mean the text that appears on top of the app that usually is the application name

How can i achieve this? should i break on a certain API and modify it or...? (I'm using x32dbg but can use Olly as well), i know there might be many ways, but what is the most common way? i just want some lead to go after

sorry if this is a newbee question, tried googling and came up with some windows APIs but don't know how to patch it to change the title, tried changing some of them but didnt work

  • Have you tried to scan app for text of window caption? Oct 17, 2019 at 8:33
  • @OlvinRoght yes but it has more than 200 occurances of the name of application (window caption) in strings search!
    – Mery Ted
    Oct 17, 2019 at 8:47
  • Can you share the binary?
    – Remko
    Oct 18, 2019 at 11:21
  • @Remko its IDM's main binary aka IDMan.exe, you can download it from their website (latest version) and obviously I'm doing this for learning reversing, not actually cracking the software
    – Mery Ted
    Oct 18, 2019 at 13:02
  • If it's a c(++) application, you can often change (static) window titles with a tool such as Resource Hacker, for Delphi with PE Explorer (or another tool that can edit the embedded DFM) etc. So a first step would be to determine what compiler/runtime was used...
    – Remko
    Oct 18, 2019 at 14:01

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There Are many possible means to change Window caption

easiest of them being using a spy app like winspy and use the inbuilt functionality to change

take a look at this answer i wrote a few days back which shows how a title is change

change window title

or if you prefer you can code a simple FindWindow() , SetWindowText() that can do the job

you can also break on wnd proc in ollydbg / x32dbg and code a detour to use SetWindowText()

using ollydbg v2 (32 bit win 7 )
open calc.exe and hit f9 to run and f12 to break
hit alt+w to open List Of Windows
and locate the Window Handle of CalcFrame As below

List of windows, item 3
  Handle = 000206C0  <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
  Text = Calculator  <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
  Parent = Topmost
  WinProc =
  ID/menu = 0136046D (menu)
  Type = UNICODE
  ExtStyle = 00000100 WS_EX_WINDOWEDGE
  Thread = Main
  ClsProc = 00361EDE WndProc
  ClsName = CalcFrame

now go to some blank space

type in a new title and note the address where you typed the title

code in blank space

push offset the address you noted
push window handle as found above {this is variable use what you find not what i type in demo} call SetWindowTextA

make a note of existing eip

change the eip to the newly patched in code step three times and change back to the noted eip

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