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7Orb Customizer by davidm147 7Orb Customizer by davidm147
This program was made to fix the various issues and limitations of the popular Kishan Bagaria start orb changer. For example, you cannot set different orbs for both small icon and large icon taskbars, you cannot set different orbs for the different DPI modes, the program is not portable, it installs files in the windows directory without asking just by running it, it treats the windows directory like a temp directory leaving behind a mess of files, it has a buggy .NET interface that can display simultaneous success and error messages, it's own error message can have an error message, it loads background processes which wastes resources and is inefficient, it can overwrite files in the windows directory without asking, it fails to take into account windows updates so can restore out of date or incorrect system files, trying many different orbs requires a frustratingly large amount of clicking without further modifying system settings, the default settings need changing. This program has none of these problems.


This program is very easy to use (drag and drop). Do not redistribute this program.


Mirror / previous versions: v1.03, v1.02.


Changelog:

v1.03 [2011/11/29]
- Partial rewite/restructure of code
- New: Menu driven interface
- New: Ability to select and run menu choices using parameters with no user input needed
- New: Restore explorer.exe even with no backup
- New: Extract orbs from explorer.exe
- New: Reset images folder option
- Removed: 'reset images folder.bat'
- Fix: file extension check now case insensitive
- Increased the speed of patching slightly
- Improved some error messages slightly
- Updated documentation
- Updated binaries
- Reduced program size significantly
- Changed date format to: yyyy/mm/dd

v1.02 [2011/09/04]
- Many miscellaneous code tweaks and changes
- Improved handling with spaces in orb name/path
- Extra check to prevent corruption when explorer has been badly patched by another program
- Added orb.ico file to use as an image for your shortcut
- Changed behaviour to close automatically after several seconds when done

v1.01 [2011/06/02]
- Increased verbosity during patching
- Several code tweaks and changes
- New orb guide PNG
- Filesize check is now less sensitive by default for improved compatibility
- Optimized PNG files to reduce file size

v1.00 [2011/05/30]
- First public release
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:iconawesomeman789:
AwesomeMan789 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
When i try to use this, the start orb and the taskbar disappeared and the icons and wallpaper disappeared. I can still access ctrl+alt+del.
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:iconrandyboy99:
randyboy99 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
This is definitely the best start orb program I've found. I used it once and when I went to restore the default start orb I just used double click and #1. Was that done right to restore default or should I have done it another way?
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XReunion160 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Thanks for this program^^. Without it I would have never got my Window Vista Orb^^.
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
No problem. Glad you like it :)
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:iconainq:
ainq Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
i'm fine with using the command line, but most people would prefer a GUI version...
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Probably. But it's just a white on black text interface. I don't see how having graphical gui will be any better apart from preventing as many people being scared of it.
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Unpopularpizza Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
your program is really neat but it removed my ability to move files/folders into the start menu, and i didn't back up my explorer.exe file, so im stuck with it, but its alright, i just hope you can make a version that will bring that ability back.
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davidm147 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
What program are you trying to pin to the start menu?
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:iconunpopularpizza:
Unpopularpizza Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
you should be able to put folders into the start menu to display at the top, where email and internet explorer, etc. would be. or be able to drag a shortcut to a program on there and put in the startup folder from the all programs list,i know i can get to the startup folder a different way, but I would sometimes put a shortcut to a folder right on the start menu at the top.
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davidm147 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
You can put links to folders in the start menu.
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:iconunpopularpizza:
Unpopularpizza Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
idk what method your using but i used to just drag straight to the start button, and now its not letting me do that... just shows the little "NO" icon
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davidm147 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
What program are you trying to pin to the start menu?
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:iconunpopularpizza:
Unpopularpizza Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
nevermind, it looks like it was just the pic i have set as my start button.

sorry for the confusion.
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bigcyco1 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice very nice thanks!
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:icontrandragon:
trandragon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Hi sorry if this has already been answered but I was wondering how do I restore to the default orb. Thanks in advance.
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Just restore your backed up explorer.exe file.

I recommend you run the included "reset images folder.bat", then run the 7Orb Customizer and you will get Windows 7 pre-beta M3 orbs installed.
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:iconusery12:
usery12 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Is this for W7 x64 SP1?
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Yes
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:iconusery12:
usery12 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thanks!
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:iconneil78b:
neil78b Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
v1.02 [09/04/2011] or [September 4, 2011] for your western audience, hehe.
Its just that seeing the date like you have is so confusing and the only way to know which is the month and day you mean is by looking at the actual day given by dA or when the first or second digit is greater than 12. :P
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davidm147 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
I'm pretty sure it's just America that mixes round the day and month like that. dd/mm/yyyy is used by the rest of the world.
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:iconrandyboy99:
randyboy99 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Actually david, I lived in both countries and America we always used month/day/year. When I moved to Canada they have a tendency to use day/month/year. In MS Office I find that I have to make my settings for America to get the format I like. No big deal.
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neil78b Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's why I said "Westerners," but it does include Canada as well as many other countries even you cool UK'ers. :P Not to mention that most of the dA users are westerners it becomes even more notable for that specific day month usage.:) Doesn't really matter because this program rocks!
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neil78b Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've used a couple of "start orb changer" apps and none are as good as this, I'm impressed so far. Much better than that Kishan Bagaria(eventually corrupted my explorer file) or Stkov stuff.
Keep up the great work! :+fav:'ed
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Thanks :)

I've also updated the program to v1.02 if you are interested.
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neil78b Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm certainly going to get the latest version. Only thing I would like to see is a GUI version for those who are not geeky like us, lol. Again, thanks for the great program, I've been getting the word out about it. :)
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:iconmartinnearguson:
martinnearguson Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
What should I do?
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
You need to take ownership of explorer.exe. Once you have full access to the file, you can change orbs.

You need to search for windows experts to help you: [link]
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:iconmartinnearguson:
martinnearguson Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
I'm having some difficulty here. It always give me an error like this : [link] Thanks in advance
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Something has gone wrong with taking ownership of explorer.exe

If you are able to take ownership of it yourself using another method, then I expect you will be able to change start orbs successfully after that. You need to have full control in the NTFS permissions.
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:iconr-master95:
r-master95 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Interface Designer
It tells me my orb is an unexpected size, how can i fix that or will I have to use another app
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
That is to protect against corrupting your explorer.exe

Send me a link to the orb so I can take look at it.
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:iconr-master95:
r-master95 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Interface Designer
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
That orb is 106x318 in size. It looks like it is a 200% dpi orb. You will need to resize it to 54x162.
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:iconr-master95:
r-master95 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Interface Designer
ok thx, will do
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:iconruthlesswalrus:
RuthlessWalrus Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
absolutely great.
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BHAVIKLATHIGARA Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
thank you for this best tool
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Designed-One Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
It works for predesigned pngs and orbs, but i thik the kishan's app si good, you can creat your own orb sice nothig, and with the right sizes.
Any way good work
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
You can create your own orbs with this one by using the included orbs as a template to get the right sizes.
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:iconwhitephantom030:
WhitePhantom030 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice...good stuff :handshake:
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:icondavidm147:
davidm147 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Thanks :). And thanks for the contribution request for your group too.
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:iconwhitephantom030:
WhitePhantom030 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome ;) and thank you for accepting :)
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:iconpeterrollar:
PeterRollar Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great stuff.:D

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:icondafmat71:
dafmat71 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well seen mate!! :thumbsup:
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:iconandreascy:
andreascy Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
well done my friend !!!! just a question..u mentioned about the issues..ok i agree yr app may try to fix the already bad changes that kishan's program made but what's the point if i ll have a crashed explorer after this?i mean if we want to avoid all this all we have to do is go back to the default explorer, delete the modified and use yr software to make clean changes? thank u :) !!
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davidm147 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Yes, if you can go back to the default explorer.exe first it should avoid the issue. It is likely that everything will work ok even if you have used kishan's changer. Or if you write orbs 6801, 6805 and 6809 it will most likely avoid the issue too.

Just remember to backup explorer.exe so you can put things back if you try this program and explorer becomes corrupted.
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:iconandreascy:
andreascy Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
i see..thank u very much for this :) u ve done a great work !!!!!!
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davidm147 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Glad you like it :D
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