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How-To Change the Start Menu Orb in Windows 7

Windows 7 Orb TutorialWith the introduction of Windows Vista came a new Windows User Interface including a new Toolbar and Start Menu or Start Orb as some like to call it.  Although the new UI was an upgrade over the dated Windows XP, if your one of those Geek’s who like to customize your PC, this groovyPost should be right up your ally as I’m going to show you the easiest way I’ve found to customize the Windows Start Orb for Microsoft Windows.


Step 1 – Downloading The Application

The Windows 7 Start Orb Changer is a free application which can be downloaded from this link. It’s very easy to use and saves you a lot of time you would have otherwise spent replacing files and messing with windows resources.

Windows 7 Start Orb Changer

Step 2 – Application Tips

  • If you’re running a non-SP version of Windows 7, then you can change the orb with either of the two available options – Patching Memory or Editing Resources.
  • If you’re running Windows 7 SP1, you have a higher chance of success if you try the Editing Resources option.
  • You should also be aware that any updates, crashes, unexpected reboots or power outages may cause your orb to reset back to the original Windows 7 orb, but you can of course change it back to your custom orb, again using the program.

Step 3 – Using The Application

The application is very simple to use and feeds on BMP files. The first time you start the program, it should look something like this:

Start Orb Changer

If you click on the small arrow on the bottom left of the application, however,…

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Start Orb Changer - more settings

…it expands by 1 more panel.

Start Orb Changer - more settings

From here, you can adjust some basic settings or add a shortcut to the application in the context menu. You can also change your patching type which we mentioned in Step 2 above.

Click the change button and replace the current orb with a groovy custom orb we quickly made in Photoshop.

Start Orb Changer - more settings apply settings

We first get this message:

Start Orb Changer - Success!

Then we see that the default, hover and pressed thumbnails are changed:

Start Orb Changer - Default, Hover, Pressed

And our orb itself also seems to be looking great!

Custom Orb

Step 4 – Downloading Custom Orbs

If you don’t have the time to create your own Start Orb, you can grab one fairly easy using a Google search or by taking look for one on sites like deviantART.



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4 Responses to How-To Change the Start Menu Orb in Windows 7

  1. jitesh July 22, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    I want to learn new things in the computer world so please send me all these type of amazing things to my mail
    thank you

  2. SeanPalmer July 26, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Cool tip. Updated mine with my face. 🙂

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