Windows 7 Start Button Changer Easily Changes Win7 Orb Bitmap Image

March 1, 2010 | Filed under Windows 7


From Windows 98 up to XP, the Windows Start button has the word “start” on it and it is possible to change the text by using some hex editing software or ready made tool. However starting from Vista and up to Windows 7, the start menu no longer has the word “start” and is replaced by a flashy looking orb button. If you do not like the current Windows 7 orb start button and would like to change it, you can use a free tool called “Windows 7 Start Button Changer“.

You will need to create a bitmap file with a measurement of 54 x 162 pixels and the 3 orb buttons must be lined up accordingly (normal, hover and pressed). If you are not sure, you can refer to the 10 sample orbs provided in the package. To change the Orb, run the program, select Select & Change Start Button. Then browse for the bitmap image and click open. The program will first kill explorer.exe so that it’s not running and can be modified, update the orb and then restart explorer.exe. You will now your own custom start orb button.

Do note that the Windows 7 Orb button change is permanent and you don’t need this program running in background. To restore to the original Windows 7 start orb button, just run the program and click on “Restore Original Explorer Backup”. If somehow during the process this program screwed up your Windows and gave you a blue screen, try to restart and get back into Windows and run the command “sfc /scannow” in command prompt. This will scan for corrupted or modified windows system files and automatically restores them back. Another issue is if you have UAC turned on, you will need to right click on the program “Windows 7 Start Button Changer.exe” and select Run as administrator.

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