With 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.
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:
If you click on the small arrow on the bottom left of the application, however,…
…it expands by 1 more panel.
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.
We first get this message:
Then we see that the default, hover and pressed thumbnails are changed:
And our orb itself also seems to be looking great!
Step 4 – Downloading Custom Orbs
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