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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overwrite files in the windows directory without asking, it fails to take into account windows updates so can restore out of date or incorrect system files, trying many different orbs requires a frustratingly large amount of clicking without further modifying system settings, the default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:
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:
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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:iconxreunion160:
Thanks for this program^^. Without it I would have never got my Window Vista Orb^^.
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:icondavidm147:
No problem. Glad you like it :)
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:iconainq:
i'm fine with using the command line, but most people would prefer a GUI version...
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:icondavidm147:
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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:iconunpopularpizza:
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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:icondavidm147:
What program are you trying to pin to the start menu?
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:iconunpopularpizza:
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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:icondavidm147:
You can put links to folders in the start menu.
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