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Windows 7: Start Orb won't Restore to original

09 Jul 2012   #1
Darkydude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 -64bit
 
 
Start Orb won't Restore to original

Hello, first post here.

I signed up on this forum to post a thread about this problem I'm currently having.
Explains why my profile is quite empty and that I won't be posting alot.
Well... I'd probably need help in future anyways, so I'll come here when I need help.

Ok, so I got a brand new Netbook, and decided to install Windows 7 on it, even though it was designed for Windows XP, the specs were suitable enough for Win 7.

As I'm a freak when it comes to themes and appearance, I went ahead and successfully installed new themes.
I then launched Windows 7 Start Button Changer V2.6 that was included with the theme and changed the default 7 orb to a custom one.

Now, here's the problem.
While I was doing all the Visual Style business, I accidentally deleted a folder that contained Windows 7 Start Button Changer! And I was using a custom orb!
So, with the program and its custom .bmp's gone, the next time I reboot - everything should be restored to default, because the whole thing is gone of course.

Anyways, I was actually going to change the custom orb later because it didn't look cool.

I rebooted, and I was wrong. The stupid custom orb was still there, so I guess the W7SBC made a permanent change to explorer.exe

I downloaded a new Windows 7 Start Button Changer v2.6 and clicked the button 'restore'.
It did the trick for about a couple of seconds but then it reverted to the custom orb again, like the deleted process was still running.

I downloaded the latest version of another Windows 7 Start Button Changer and the restore didn't work either.
I've tried changing it to the other custom orb I was going to use, but to no avail.

Any help? I really don't want to use sfc /scannow command because then I'd have to do all that theme stuff again.


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09 Jul 2012   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums
If you do not want to use sfc /scannow you will need to manually change the explorer.exe I have provided one in a zip folder at the bottom of this post.
You will need to take ownership give yourself permission and to rename and replace the explorer.exe in C/Windows look at post #6 of this thread and it will show you how to do that Basic Networking Information
If you need further help let me know
Jerry
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09 Jul 2012   #3
Darkydude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 -64bit
 
 

Thanks for the introduction & reply.

I was going to do what you asked, but I believe the explorer.exe you've supplied me with is a 64-bit version.
I run a 32-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate.

Also, I found backups of explorer.exe in the C:\Windows\ folder, I used them but it didn't work.
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09 Jul 2012   #4
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Here is one from 32-bit and it doesn't matter if it's ultimate are Pro or home premium they're all the same.

All the backup ones you found are from the different start button changers you used when you get it straightened out you should be able to delete them.
Let me know if you need more help.
Jerry
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09 Jul 2012   #5
Darkydude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 -64bit
 
 

I don't know why, but it didn't work.

I replaced the explorer.exe with the one you gave me.
No difference.

Is it a process?
When I log on, it stays as the Windows 7 Orb for a couple of seconds while all of the services and processes starts, then it reverts to the custom one.

Any suggestions?
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09 Jul 2012   #6
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Download and install Restorator - Bome Software - Restorator - the resource editor for customization, localization, and translation. you will be able to use it for 30 days for free and delete it at any time when you are done.
After installing it open up the explorer.exe in C/Windows and drag and drop the Bitmap folder to your desktop and look inside their and see what the bitmap images look like do that to all of the backup explorer.exe also, then try to delete any explorer.exe that has any custom start menu buttons in it, when done try to only have one explorer.exe in their with the right start orb and restart and see what happens.
Jerry
Start Orb won't Restore to original-restorator-2007-cusersjerrydesktopexplorer.exe.png

Start Orb won't Restore to original-bitmap.png


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09 Jul 2012   #7
Darkydude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 -64bit
 
 

Sorry for not replying in a while, I was busy.

I did what you asked, but the orbs were the originals?

What?
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09 Jul 2012   #8
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Do you have any orbs in C:\ProgramData\Start Orb Manager\Themes?
ProgramData is hidden use this to unhide it File and Folder - Hide or Unhide
Jerry
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09 Jul 2012   #9
Darkydude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 -64bit
 
 

There is no such folder 'Start Orb Manager'

Actually, could I ask you to do something for me?

Can you open Restorator and see if there is a expstart.exe in C:\Windows\

If there is, can you please tell me what is in there.
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10 Jul 2012   #10
Darkydude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 -64bit
 
 

Nevermind, I fixed the problem.

I just reinstalled the Windows 7 Start Orb Changer V2.6 and Windows 7 Start Orb Changer V5 .

Clicked restore on them both, then changed them to my custom one which worked.
In v5, I clicked the arrow on the bottom right and changed to my custom orb by patching and editing.

Thanks for your help.
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