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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.

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  • 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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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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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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Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
I guess this is the issue: code.logos.com/blog/2009/11/ho…

Try the fix given there.
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abe1223 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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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Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I'll send you the link to my latest program. It should work.
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swoFF Featured By Owner 1 day ago
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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Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner 1 day ago
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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Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
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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abe1223 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Windows Pro 64-bit. (Sorry it took me so long to reply, i was sleep)
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swoFF Featured By Owner 2 days ago
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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Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner 2 days ago
What is your edition and 64/32-bit?
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abe1223 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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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