I’m not sure if this is just me, but some days I find myself sat in front of my computer not having anything to do.

Now this can sometimes be dangerous as it means I start playing with settings and customising things.

This is when I came across a piece of software called Windows 7 Start Button Changer, which as the name probably gives away allows you to change the design of the Windows 7 Start Orb (Start Button).

Windows 7 Start Button Changer work with both 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows 7 and allows you to choose from a section of pre-made Start Orbs or you can create your own to use. The software is also free, which happens to be my favourite price.

I have put together some quick instructions for Windows 7 Start Button Changer but its really not that hard to use. But if you do have any questions please feel free to post them below.

Using the Windows 7 Start Button Changer:

Step 1: First things First Create a Restore Point. You can do this by searching for “System Restore” using the search box in the Start Menu.

Step 2: Download the Windows 7 Start Button Changer: HERE or HERE.

Step 3: Run the Windows 7 Start Button Changer as Administrator by right clicking on it and choosing “Run as Administrator”.

Step 4: Once it has loaded you should see your current Start Button design on the left.

Step 5: To change your Start Orb click on the Orb on the right hand side next to “Select & Change Start Button”.

Step 6: Navigate to the Sample Orbs folder and select the design you would like. It may be better to view the samples in Thumbnail view so you can see what the designs look like before using them.

Step 7: When you click Open, your screen will momentarily freeze and your taskbar will disappear. When it reappears, your computer will have gone from having the old, default Start orb style to your new, exciting Start orb!
Step 8: If for any reason you want to restore your original Start Orb you can do so by clicking on the “Restore Original Explorer Backup” Icon.

You can also find more Start Orbs to use with Windows 7 Start Button Changer on the DeviantART Website.

As I said above if you have any questions/comments or would like to share your Start Orb designs please post below.

1 Comment

  1. Travis says:

    First link is dead.

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