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Windows 7 Start Orb Changer by Kishan-Bagaria Windows 7 Start Orb Changer by Kishan-Bagaria

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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.

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 & clean interface
  • Two modes for normal and advanced users
  • First & ultimate Windows 7 start orb changer available on the net
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:iconbongaboi:
Critique by Bongaboi Nov 17, 2010, 5:35:32 PM
"I'm a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea." Such is the nature of the current incarnation of Microsoft Windows, the incarnation we know as Windows 7. For a time, I was content with using the previous incarnation of the OS, known far and wide as Windows Vista. But later on, in comes this new version that has become accepted far and wide as a relevant OS, just like the predecessor before that and the predecessor before that and the predecessor before that. There is something about Microsoft Windows that makes you say: this is what computing is all about.

That being said, I like the tool that you brought out here on deviantART. Now users will get to customize their own start orbs and have fun with it. I can't wait to use this baby. Five stars across. This was badly due.
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:iconlonmcgregor:
this is a brilliant tool. Microsoft will do all they can to make the UI better, and yet it is the ability to customize the interface with tools like these that make it the best.

This tool is also extremely easy to use, and so it needs almost no input from a developer for users to be able to work it, which is more than can be said for some tools.

The program itself has an intuitive UI , and the wide vareity of options included lets individual users change the start orb in whatever way they want. Keep up the good work, Kishan Bagaria!
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KartikaRainbow Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Artist
thanks !
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:iconcercan:
Cercan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
This download sucks, gives you malware.
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:iconimpeeza:
impeeza Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Cercan, the direct downlowad is a ad scam,  but if you use the button at end of page "Direct ZIP Download" you can download the product directly and no get the bad adviced by chrome as "malware"
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sirbarkalot Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Super useful.

Comments are a graveyard though, clearly people can't take the time to spend 5 minutes reading what pops up. You aren't to blame though. Great program!
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:iconzomeonefin:
zomeoneFIN Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Works like a charm! GJ!
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:iconnemetalex:
NemetAlex Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Interface Designer
It doesn't contain any viruses. Just use the direct download link.
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:iconlompich:
Lompich Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
The moment you press download said application, it will try to download malware. even BEFORE you actually have a chance to  press  direct download.  Just saying.
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:iconpsueky:
PSueky Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Tryied to install it, a lot of virus, a lot of spam, gtfo.
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:iconlompich:
Lompich Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
The moment you press download said application, it will try to download malware. even BEFORE you actually have a chance to  press  direct download.  Just saying. 
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swoFF Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
I have recently been getting a 'stopped working' error when trying to start this. I've tried running sfc /scannow, registry cleaning and uninstalled MacType but it still won't work. 64bit win7, started happening a few weeks ago. There's someone else having the same problem in the comments section on the download site as well it seems like.
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Did the problem start after installing MacType?

I have uploaded the fonts extracted from the Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO file here: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40…

It's 127 MB in size. Extract using 7-zip and try installing them all (you'll get a prompt to replace the fonts if they already exist).
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swoFF Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Thanks for the reply.
I'm not sure if MacType has anything to do with it, it's just the only thing I could think of that might interfere in some way.

Reinstalling the fonts didn't help either. 

I also get a 'stopped working' error when trying to use StartOrbz, and if I try replacing the orb with an older version of your program it works at first, but I get a bunch of 'failed updating bitmap' errors when rebooting.

Might also be worth mentioning that even after repairing system files several times I still have the orb I last used your program for, rather than the default orb. The default orb only appears if I restart explorer.
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
I'll send you the link to my latest program. It should work.
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:iconarcania-tastiel:
Arcania-Tastiel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I get 'failed updating bitmap' error, too. What exactly caused this and how do I fix but still keep the new start orb?
Also, how MacType could be interfering with Start Orb Changer? Should I look out for some kind of errors?
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abe1223 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, i found the direct-download, but i keep getting this error when i run the program: "The type initializer for 'System.Windows.Media.FontFamily' threw an exception."

I ran it as admin and i did everything right, so i don't know why this is happening. Help!
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Did you mess with any default Windows fonts? I think that error comes up because of a missing font.
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:iconabe1223:
abe1223 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, but i did install MacType, which is a improved font renderer for Windows, i uninstalled it recently. Could that have caused the error? Come to think of it, it did seem like after i installed MacType StartOrb Changer stopped working, but i just thought it was a coincidence...
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
What is your edition and 64/32-bit?
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:iconabe1223:
abe1223 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Windows Pro 64-bit. (Sorry it took me so long to reply, i was sleep)
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Here are the fonts extracted from the Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO file: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40…

It's 127 MB in size and you'll need 7-zip to extract it.
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:iconabe1223:
abe1223 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, that did not work. I guess my Windows 7 install is so screwed up after all of the tweaking and stuff i did over the last two years that it just can't take anymore. at least the start orb i'm stuck with is a good one.

However, i do have a few registry backups, they were made back when Start Orb changer worked for me, i'll load one of those and see if that fixes the issue. i will let you know of it works. 
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
I guess this is the issue: code.logos.com/blog/2009/11/ho…

Try the fix given there.
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:iconcarnage2k4:
Carnage2K4 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Fuck this, Kaspersky went nuts, Do not DL this Trojan Virus
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Sorry you had to go through all that. The downloads are powered by an installer that offers additional apps which get installed if you click "Accept". I have no control over which apps are offered. The apps are not always malware as stated by the antivirus, most antiviruses flag them as PUP (potentially unwanted program) just because users don't like it. There's nothing installed without your permission, clicking "Decline" wouldn't have installed them.
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:iconthejesusguy:
TheJesusGuy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
WHy not offer a download through some other non-malware infested site?
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:iconcr355:
cr355 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
there is no direct download link buddy, so stop fobbing ppl off with lies, if you want to help just post a direct link to the exe file instead of a link to bloatware crap and a useless download manager
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
This is how it looks like: i.imgur.com/VK2iJqX.png

Scroll down in the downloading page and look closely.
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:iconfullsizelp:
FullsizeLP Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can't upload it to virustotal.com and Avira-Check says Virus, don't know if false positive, but watch out!
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:iconbobitsch:
bobitsch Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Don't download from this author.
ALL of his links/uploads are malware and probably even virus infested.
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:iconhollyvelocity:
HollyVelocity Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Wow -the comments on this left me dazed and confused if it's really working, a virus, or not
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Well, this program has been on the internet since Feb 2010. The app itself doesn't have any malicious code. When you download the app and run the installer, you'll get offers to install 3rd party apps. This is why some antiviruses block the installer. If you don't want to install offers, that's completely okay and nothing extra will be installed in your computer. I also provide a "Direct Download" link, which will download just the app, without the installer.

I know the app doesn't work for many people but I would have fixed it already if I knew the reason.
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SevionFX Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Does anyone know of an alternative tool doing this job?
This tool always crashs on multiple computers, even on a freshly new installed Win7.
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Unquiet-mind Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Malware beware! 
Do not download this, i just went through 30 minutes of dealing with the crap it installed on my pc. I should've known better.
heres a list of shit it comes with: Sweet page, windows protect manager, security protect.. wtf?! Screw you op and screw your program! 
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SapphyBlue Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
McAfee is saying its a giant Trojan!!! I am NOT downloading this! 
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masterx1234 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
this seriously fucked my pc up, im sorry dude but i have to tell you that this completely rendered my pc useless, i had to restore my pc because after i applied it, all i would get is a blank screen with nothing on it, even tried booting in safe mode and the pc was still fucked
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flickayy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please get rid of the stupid, stupid download manager. 

Until you replace it with a .zip package like previously. I'll not be using it. 
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Scroll a bit in the Downloading page and click the orange Direct Download button.
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sayidnurfatah Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
stopped working in my notebook. what's the problem?
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Do you have any additional info? Error messages etc.?
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:iconmercuryx:
MercuryX Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
does this work on Win10 Tech Preview?
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
No but Windows 8.1 Start Button Changer works on Windows 10 Preview. www.door2windows.com/windows-8…
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:iconfreezingicekirby:
FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Worked like a charm for me.  :nod:
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:iconrogue7:
Rogue7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Nice little program
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:icondragonianfantasy:
DragonianFantasy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use this tool besides the Themes Resource Changer and if I do the memory patching I can use it with every Orb I want. Great tool, I love it! Heart :happybounce: 
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:iconpasifvoice:
pasifvoice Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
do you have another donwnload link?
i tried before but the page is not found
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:iconkishan-bagaria:
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
It should be working now. If not click Direct Download in the thank you for downloading page.
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