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Windows 7 Start Button nopatch by big-ben191 Windows 7 Start Button nopatch by big-ben191
This is a HowTo for using individual Windows 7 Start Buttons without patching the explorer.exe. The Idea came from MaxFragg. The HowTo is mine :D.

First Step:

Download and install the Application Start Killer. A 64-bit-Version is also available at Tordex - Free Downloads. This will Remove the (original) Start Button from the Taskbar.

Second Step:

After that, download the little Utilitie OpenStartMenu from Chris'n'Soft » Download and save it, where ever you want (for example at C:\Program Files\OpenStartMenu). Create a (Desktop-) Shortcut to the openstartmenu.exe. Now go to the properties from this Shortcut and change the Icon the way you like it.

Third Step:

When you execute this Shortcut the first time, it will promt a Dialog Box with a Security Warning Message: "Do you want to open this file?". Uncheck the Option "Always ask before opening this file"! This Dialog Box is disabled now for the future.

Fourth Step:

Now pin the OpenStartMenu-Shortcut to your Superbar and you have an individual Start Button, that you can use with a regular left mouse click, without patching the explorer.exe.

Have Fun :-)


Note:

This HowTo isn't a full replacement for the original Orb. It's "only" a minimalistic Taskbar-Shortcut. You can open your Startmenu with your mouse. Not More. There is no Animation or Effect by hover or activate this Taskbar-Button. And the Right-Click-Menu for the Start-Button isn't available to. But now you can easily use your own Start Buttons for minimalistic Visual Styles like lassekongo83's Capriccio for 7 without hacking the explorer.exe :-).

Which Apps/Themes/Icons have i used in my Screenshot?

Network Monitor: NetSpeedMonitor by Florian Gilles
Recycle Bin for Tray: MiniBin by e-sushi™
Recycle Bin Icons: ecqlipse 2 "ico"; by *chrfb
Taskbar-Icons: ecqlipse 2 "ico"; by *chrfb
Visual Style: Win7-Blend for Windows 7 v1.6 by ~zainadeel
Wallpaper: InterfaceLIFT Wallpaper: The Sleeping Harbour
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Bauagan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
How do u change design icon like word and folder? I have block this option on properities:/ U use some app for changeing icons?
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teries Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
pls send me this start button pls im fuking like u start orb xD
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SusuMilk Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
please tell me how do u change the "document folder" icon? cuz whenever i change the original yellow folder into icon that i wanted, after i pinned on the taskbar it turns back the yellow one...
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big-ben191 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009   Interface Designer
As i have written in the description ;-):

Network Monitor: NetSpeedMonitor by Florian Gilles !
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onurb88 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
where i get the network bar for taskbar in your screenshot ~big-ben191????
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Eonity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009   General Artist
Nice to see someone arrived at the same solution as I was. Didn't know something like this already existed, or else I could have used this instead of making and releasing my own hack.
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djmaxy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009   Interface Designer
thank you!

excellent!

:D
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big-ben191 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009   Interface Designer
For those of us that are fine with patching, can i tell you, on the outer left side of my Superbar :D !
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Trong Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
For those of us that are fine with patching, can you tell us where you got the your Start button?
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big-ben191 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009   Interface Designer
I have supplemented some Infos at the Artist's Comments ;-).
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Rebdominator Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Nice job man, thanks for the info.
Also lemme ask, where did you get that network speed counter, thingie on your taskbar?
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MaskedJudas Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By the way, what do you use for the recycle bin and that Down/Upload stuff in the superbar? looks handy :)
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MaskedJudas Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, there should be a real start button like your windows flag - but it's just an icon, no other versions for hover and such.
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big-ben191 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009   Interface Designer
There is no need for a extra tool, to change the icons in the taskbar. The only Trick is to change the icons before you pin your shortcuts on the superbar.
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Lionize11 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
one last question ^^ what did you use to change the icons? because icontweaker doesnt work on windows 7
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big-ben191 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009   Interface Designer
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Lionize11 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
thanks men
I know another method to change explorer.exe without damaging your pc
Using "Replacer" is a program that can change your explorer.exe in seconds and works very well.
P.D : sorry for my bad english im peruvian xD
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Lionize11 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
please man tell me where can i get the theme you have T_T
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big-ben191 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009   Interface Designer
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Lionize11 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Please tell me where did you get those icons you have in the taskbar
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