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StartOrbz v3.1.a by Blizo StartOrbz v3.1.a by Blizo
December 14,2010
Public version 3.1a
-Added ability to enable/disable the start tips with regfiles.
-When using Visa, it would still try and apply userframes and start tips. (I missed this one in 3.1)

These are the only two changes in 3.1a. If 3.1 worked for you, then you should NOT install this. Well you can if you want but there is no new features.
I also included StartOrbz 2.1, since this loaded up fine for most people.

There really isnt much more to do with StartOrbz, so only expect bug fixes. If you have suggestions, please let me know. As always, post any bugs, comments, or suggestions.

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rofiqreza Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
very good
7979haidi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017
Great man!Works fine with windows 7.THANK YOU!
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
They're adorable.
mickmulvey Featured By Owner May 12, 2017
I am very interested..Is this working on window7? please let me know.Thanks.
omickymouse Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
sorry but it screwed my win10, now i have to repair win10. sorry but your put a big warning NOT TO USE WITH WIN10
WaterLemon1011 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017
Wow, I was near to download it when I saw your comment... I use Win10
omickymouse Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
Lucky i found a way to repair the stuff up. I do advise to make a backup  copy of explorer.exe in the windows folder so you can repair the explorer any time.
damionpc666 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016
wont connect to virtual customs .net please fix thank you
ydros69 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
please fix one for windows 10
XxZomBloxxorxX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Hey, the program works great but I have one question. Is there any way to make the start orb bigger? I made a custom start orb for my girlfriend and I and I noticed when I applied it that it's a lot smaller than the default start orb was before. Kinda bugs me, because both her and I put a lot of work into this and you can hardly see it.
Onysius Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Sorry forgot to tell you about my configuration if that  may be of any help to solve the problem:
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.
Note that I changed all explorer.exe to default both in the Windows folder and the SysWOW64 folder. There are no issue whatsoever restarting explorer only issue remains that previous orb is back when rebooting.

Onysius Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Hello guys,
I have the same problem as katsuba here the orb changer works fine until you reboot windows.
kangarshoe Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Uh, how do I get my standard windows orb back?
cowboyinky2000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
very nice 
Katsuba Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Hi Blizo, first I really want to thank you for making this program. I tried it and really enjoyed it. But whenever I restarted my pc, the usual orb was restored and I need to re-apply it again. Any idea how to make it permanent? Thanks!
XenyT Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Hi there, Blizo. I really enjoy your program, StartOrbz, but now I am very leery to use it, as a week ago, it caused me a lot of trouble, as it could not or would not re-open Explorer, after it closed it to apply the orb I had made.
A couple of problems I feel you need to know about this version of StartOrbz is that much of the time when saving a newly made orb, the program saves it inside the same folder with other orbs I had made using the same xml file, so when I go to select a specific orb to either edit it, or apply it, even though the image showing is the orb I want, after pressing my mouse key to select it, a totally different orb shows up, so I click cancel, but can never get the orb I wish to work with to show.
Due to the above problem, is why I think the program could not restart Explorer. One problem after another arrived for me that day when StartOrbz did this to me, which ended up in taking me 3 days before I was able to repair my Windows 7 64-bit OS, and a mighty dollar or $200 to repair the PC enough to sign onto it.
Please do some updates to this program soon, Blizo, as it is so very delightful, enjoyable, and I do love having the ability to make my own orbs in the fashion that I wish.

Thank you, and take care.

jarnoo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
can you tell me where it puts the backup, my taskbar and everything changed to windows classic and i can't change it back :'(
jarnoo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
oh, and i can't open the program anymore
Gazlan-Sahmeiy Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Huggle! +fav 
GuestForeverX Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
This is the best start orb maker for windows 7.

I have a question though, could you make a windows 8.1 version, as for some reason if I use a windows 7 start orb file and load it into Windows 8.1 start orb changer it reads the file differently so I get a triple logo for each part of the start button. Basic,hover,pressed.   But yeh I love your Windows 7 Version it is the best out there for making start buttons easy.
Kishan-Bagaria Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Windows 8.1 stores the start button separately for the default state and the hover/pressed state. This is the reason why Windows 7 start orbs doesn't work with it without requiring manual editing.

Thanks for the suggestion though, I will try to implement an auto conversion feature.
TheFireBat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Glad to see this thing is still alive!

I stumbled across it working on a custom theme for a client, I had downloaded some examples themes  to figure out how they changed the orb (I had already tried SEVERAL orb changers) as the methods I had been using were not smooth and VERY buggy. I found Version 1.0a of your software and fell in love with it! YOUR program did everything I needed and SO MUCH MORE! It didn't occur to me until MUCH (Nearly a year) later to search for an updated version. The version I was running had it's bugs but was so powerful and the results were so AWESOME I didn't mind a force close now and then. I can't wait to try the new one out! Thanks EVER SO MUCH Blizo. Your efforts and talent are greatly appreciated, even years down the line!

IsaacMichelsen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I tried to make a pikachu orb that would have him moving to different positions.  The problem was that your orb changer only put the new image over the old one when mousing over, so that there were pieces of the old image when I moused over and clicked.
4NINJAs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
best start orb creator man :) thanks for this. I will make a tutorial on this :)
Hondazinho10 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013

CriticalE Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot for your great work man, this program is awesome, always when try apply a orb with another tool get error, with this simple, I mean for manipulate works perfect, really grateful for that, keep working and thanks again for your awesome work, cheers.
mikk809h Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Ehh. Error:

"StartOrbz was unable to unlock explorer.exe

Explorer may be open by another program (like a resource editor or other start button changer). If needed, please close any explorer related programs and try again."

Ehh.. i dont know what to do. no processes is using explorer... i've heard that i have to grant permissions to the startOrbz file.. (but idk how to do that)
(Im running StartOrbz 2.1 in Administrator mode)

Please help me.

VendettaEyes Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I have the same problem! Have you solved it yet?
20percentcuter Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Try running the program as an admin.
PixieSkull Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
This works SO MUCH BETTER than the other orb changers. Easy peasy!
zozaa96 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
where the link
That-Tiny-Rii Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Below "More Like This"
MisaoShinomori37 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
I installed and ran this without a problem but when it came to applying my orb it turned my system into a weird windows 95 theme and no matter what I do it won't change back to vista D: - I've tried the basic things like going to personalized>themes and etc. and I've also tried system restore and nothing has changed :[ PLEASE HELP!!
PrincessNightingale Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happened to me too. :/ Did you find a solution?
MisaoShinomori37 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
 nope, nothing. I've tried everything under the sun. :(
PrincessNightingale Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had to restore my laptop to factory setting and I lost everything on it. But it's not in classic anymore.

Thanks OP, that's fantastic. -_-
jarnoo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
same problem
Kirablade Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Cool!Already download it
tchiteu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
kioshi88 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
TommyMooore Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Where does StartOrbz save it's settings and can you make it portable. What I'm trying to do is put StartOrbz on a flash drive but when I do It doesn't search it's own folder for orbs
protogril Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
this is great
regieace123 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
the download is under the picture in right under the add to favorites
Isf7 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
koki7100 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Ok quiero cambiar mi ORB tradicional
manofsins Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I have a slight problem. Whenever I try to import a already .png start orb, It gives me a pop-up saying that I could only import genuine ones, however I can import any bmp. If you can fix this error I would be most grateful since there is a specific .png orb that I wish to use. My stats:Windows 7 SP1 X64. Thank you for making such an awesome program.
DareDevilArt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there are heaps of easy picture converters out there,it would be a whole lot easier than reprograming
manofsins Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
That's what I ended up doing but I was just pointing out another bug for you.
24ours Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
KatieBirb Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
when it updated the icon, my whole theme changed to windows classic, and the vista theme option has disappeared. Plz Help <:C
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