Windows 7 Start Orb Changer: Ultimate Tool To Change Your Start Orb

Posted by Kishan Bagaria in Customization, door2windows Apps, Downloads, Windows 7

Windows 7 Start Orb Changer

Windows 7 Start Orb Changer is a freeware from door2windows that allows you to change your start orb/button with just one click in Windows 7.

Download Windows 7 Start Orb Changer (211 KB)

Features:

  • Allows you to change the orb in four different ways:
    • Context Menu
    • Drag & Drop
    • Change Button
    • Command Line (Syntax only contains orb location)
  • Works with all DPIs (If the orb is too big or too small it will automatically resize it)
  • Works with both x86/32-bit and x64/64-bit
  • Works with both PNG and BMP file formats
  • Can integrate with desktop context menu
  • Can integrate with PNG and BMP file formats' context menu
  • Allows you to change the orb in two different methods:
    • Memory Patching - Edits the start orb in memory which doesn't cause any UAC prompts
    • Resource Editing - Edits the start orb by replacing resources of %windir%\explorer.exe
  • Easy to use & simple interface
  • Two modes for normal and advanced users
  • First & ultimate Windows 7 start orb changer available on the internet

How to use:

  1. Close all your apps.

  2. Run the tool as administrator.
    Windows 7 Start Orb Changer

  3. Click Change.
    Windows 7 Start Orb Changer

  4. Select the start orb and click Open. You can get some orbs from these links: 1, 2
    Windows 7 Start Orb Changer

  5. Windows Explorer will now restart automatically and you will see the new start orb/button which you chose. Click OK.
    Windows 7 Start Orb Changer

To restore the original start orb click Restore. You can expand the advanced settings by clicking the arrow at the bottom right corner of the window:

Windows 7 Start Orb Changer

Checking the Add Shortcut In Context Menu option will add an Start Orb option in the desktop context menu so that you can access the tool with one click:

Desktop Context Menu

Checking the Add Option In Context Menu option will add an Set As Start Orb option in the context menu of all PNG and BMP files so that you can change your start orb with one click:

Context Menu of BMP and PNG File Formats

To create your own start orb visit this tutorial: How To Create A Windows 7 Start Orb

Credit goes to Jeff Bush for the memory patch and resource updater, famfamfam for the icons.

Troubleshooting:

In case anything goes wrong, just follow the steps in the following link to restore everything back to default easily: http://www.door2windows.com/windows-troubleshooting/

If you see "Failed to update BITMAP" messages when you log on, do the following:

  1. Click Restore.

  2. Select Change By Editing Resources.

  3. Change the orb as usual.

Download Windows 7 Start Orb Changer (211 KB)

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