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Win7 Start Orb Loader v1.1.1 by stkov Win7 Start Orb Loader v1.1.1 by stkov
System Requirements
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Windows 7 x86 or Windows 7 x64
with default shell (i.e. Windows Explorer.)

Note: not tested on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Features
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1. Change your start orb WITHOUT changing explorer.exe. This prevents unnecessary UAC prompts.
2. Choose different start orb for each user.
3. DPI-aware.

Install/Uninstall Guide
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Uninstall of version 1.0: run the loader (renamed to explorer.exe), press 'Unload' button, and delete it. Current version is not compatible with ver. 1.0, so uninstall old loader before using current release.

Install of version 1.1: run the loader (w7soldr.exe in the zip, and you can rename it as you want), check 'Options' > 'Enable start orb loader' and press 'Save changes' button. Read usage section for details.

Uninstall of version 1.1: run the loader, uncheck 'Options' > 'Enable start orb loader', uncheck 'Options' > 'Shell integration' and press 'Save changes' button. This will restore all changes done to your system. Delete the loader then you're done.

Summary of Usage (Check details in readme.txt!)
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1. Extract w7soldr.exe and run w7soldr.exe.
2. Check 'Options' > 'Enable start orb loader'.
3. Press 'Browse' button to choose the location that contains start orbs you want to use.
4. Choose a start orb you want to use.
5. Press 'Save changes' button to save changes.

* Checking 'Options' > 'Shell integration' appends a menu item labed 'Start orb' on the context menu of desktop background.

* .resources files are language files. If there's no .resources files, English is displayed by default. See Localization Guide for details.
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:iconstart-orb-maniac123:
START-ORB-MANIAC123 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  New Deviant
I Literally Just Tried It And Chrome Blocked It  :( 
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:iconempiresoftware:
empiresoftware Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  New Deviant
where is the download button??????
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:iconcharlesmilette:
charlesmilette Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Can you configure it so that it doesn't ask admin, because I'm in a limited account. Asking for admin means running as the admin user, so no visible changes for me...
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:iconcharlesmilette:
charlesmilette Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Forget that. I just have to enable the start orb loader and after I don't need to use admin.
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:iconmaster412160:
master412160 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can someone tell me if this program works or not for win 7 64 bit?
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:iconarcanan18rannie:
arcanan18rannie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student General Artist
i think i have problems. after the latest windows update. the start orb wont work anymore
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:icondiego1es:
diego1es Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
thanks
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:icontuansiro:
tuansiro Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
thanks
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:icontuansiro:
tuansiro Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
v
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:iconburnsmh:
Burnsmh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am using 64 bit win7 and when I used this it changed my orb but it also changed my taskbar back to default and it wont let me customize it anymore. It looks like the windows XP option list when I bring it up via Control panel > personalize > Window color > looks like winxp options. Never had this problem before I changed the orb via this program. Any ideas?
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:iconmaverickcruz:
maverickcruz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
this is thr best web
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:iconastrojay17:
astrojay17 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
My BitDefender comes up with

BitDefender has blocked a virus!
Virus Name: Trojan.Generic.6493520
Accessed by: w7soldr
Loacation: C:\Windows\System32\explorer.exe

This is a false positive and is safe right?
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:iconkishorekaustubh:
kishorekaustubh Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
SAME HERE WITH AVG 2013 trojan.generic [link]
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Yes, it is a false positive. If the loader is set enabled, it extracts a loader for the Windows Explorer into that location. Well, a trojan virus typically does a similar thing. What is extracted by the virus may be a copy of itself, which is harmful to the system. Your BitDefender guesses from this behavior, that w7soldr is a trojan virus.
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:iconkracov:
Kracov Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm curious about trying the start orb loader.  how do i set permissions for it for bitdefender?  i've heard people have problems with your program.  have you since then made any bug fixes?
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SpringsTS Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
I'm really impressed. I looked a long time for a way to customize the Start Orb without modify Explorer (because this way generate a lot of UAC alerts, as you said in the ReadMe file). Thank you very much for that!

I've something to ask. I'm working on a theme for Windows 7 (using the official Aero theme, but with other changes which do not modify system files). I want to make the installation fully automatized, and also to add a custom Start Orb.
I know what your software does to change the Orb. Could I integrate your "Windows 7 Shell Loader" (the explorer.exe file created in Windows\System32) into my installation file? I will credit you without problem. Thank you in advance.
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Note that UAC popups are also generated by modified shell32.dll, when you copy/move some files.
It is difficult to hack them because dll files can be dynamically loaded/unloaded into the memory while exe files are loaded into the memory just once. Also dll files can be shared among several processes.

I tried to redirect copy/move operations so that the modified resources of shell32.dll are still being used and the operations use the unmodified copy of shell32.dll to solve the UAC popups, by modifiying the registry. Unfortunately I failed :( I should have modified more registry keys.

Currently I am not working on this project. =Kishan-Bagaria adopted this memory patch method to his program and he is still active. If you need to get some help, you may ask him.
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:iconspringsts:
SpringsTS Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
All right, thanks for the info.
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
No problem, just follow the CC license. Thanks!
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:iconspringsts:
SpringsTS Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Thanks to you!
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:iconsteve14srb:
Steve14SRB Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
It doesn't work,followed the steps and it won't change! Help 32-bit win 7!
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:iconstart-orb-maniac123:
START-ORB-MANIAC123 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  New Deviant
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:iconcyber199:
cyber199 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
i enable
i browse
i select the folder
no start orbs appear in the location allotted
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Supported format is quite restricted; please read readme.
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:iconcyber199:
cyber199 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
ok
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:iconkhairul286:
khairul286 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Work fine to me..but why some laptop didn't run well..my sister laptop hang when startup
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Sorry, but tested fine on my laptop.
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:iconkhairul286:
khairul286 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
test
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:iconsealight:
sealight Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
I downloaded dozens of orbs but none is shown in the loader. (E.g. Vanilla.bmp orb).
(Running Win7 SP1 x64 dpi 125%)
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
From readme:
Available start orbs are uncompressed 32-bit bitmaps with ARGB channels whose dimension is 54*162 when 100%≤DPI<125%, 66*198 when 125%≤DPI<150%, 81*243 when 150%≤DPI<200%, 106*318 when 200%≤DPI.

Make sure that the size of your orb is 66*198. I guess your example is the one in my favourites. Its dimension is 54*162, so it doesn't fit for your system.

Actually many custom start orbs do not support for larger DPIs. You may resize the image but it becomes a little blurry when resized :(
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:iconkyzare:
kyzare Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
thanks :3
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:iconxankazo:
xanKazo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Does it work with Windows 7 SP1?
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I didn't test it, but I'm pretty sure that it works. Technically, it works as long as the resource IDs remain the same.
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:iconxankazo:
xanKazo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Yep, you're right on this. It works on SP1. :)
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:icongrettlc:
grettlc Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
olas.bueno ya me descargue el programa pero no encuentro la carpeta q contiene dicho icono me podrias ayudar.graciass
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Just put a bitmap image of an orb in a folder, press browse button and choose that folder. It does not work? then the image is not compatible with the program :(
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:iconloofygun:
loofygun Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Very nice, I was getting tired of the UAC prompts. Keep up the great work!
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:iconbitzzzz:
bitzzzz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
kool thx
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:iconhairbautt:
hairbautt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Where do you find that orb that's featured in your screenshots? I found one, but it won't show up in your program...and it was a BMP.
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
I've uploaded it on 2shared. This will work.

[link]

But I can't remeber where I got this orb.
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:iconhairbautt:
hairbautt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Thx~!
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Alternative link: [link]
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:iconlahercoll:
lahercoll Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
thank you bro... teacher
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:iconmicrogear:
MicroGear Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Hello!
Since the app doesn't effect explorer.exe, is it able to show 106x318 orb in 100% DPI? It is should be cool!
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
I think it requires cracking a part of code in explorer.exe (loaded in memory). This can cause an unexpected termination of explorer.
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:iconahinigami:
Ahinigami Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Best of its kind.
Definitely a must for those who wish to change start orb appearance.

Not too sure if here is a suitable place to report a bug where the start orb is not changing.
I used litestep as an alternative shell previously so it leaves a certain reg entry that supposedly conflict with this app. Not sure if it's only my own problem. After checking my own winlogon reg entry with another windows 7, there are 2 extra line in my reg entry as shown below. After removing these 2 extra entry, this application worked perfectly.

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2413146669-2555038131-3526822026-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"ParseAutoexec"="1"
"Shell"="explorer.exe" (I manually change this entry to "c:\\windows\\explorer.exe" but still not working, the only one working is to completely delete the reg entry ... not too sure parseautoexec since I deleted both of it together)
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:iconastrojay17:
astrojay17 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Thank you dude that got mine working to... plus i made an exception for the program cause my bitdefender was blocking it.. im still worried tho can someone tell me if it was a false positive?

BitDefender has blocked a virus!
Virus Name: Trojan.Generic.6493520
Accessed by: w7soldr
Loacation: C:\Windows\System32\explorer.exe
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:iconastrojay17:
astrojay17 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Correction! it doesnt work anymore.. its now blocking C:\windows\system32\explorer.exe which DOESNT EVEN EXIST! wtf is going on with this...
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:iconstkov:
stkov Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
I guess those entries are more preferred than entries in HKLM... that's why it worked after deleting those entries
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:iconleffe9:
Leffe9 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Before having to uninstal it, i'd rather have something working
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