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Windows 7: Start Menu Button - Change


Start Menu Button - Change

How to Change the Start Menu Button in Windows 7
Published by sergiogarcia9
31 Aug 2009
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How to Change the Start Menu Button in Windows 7

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This will show you how to change the Start Menu button orb in Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit.





OPTION ONE
Using Windows 7 Start Orb Changer Program

Thanks to Mr Grim for letting me know about this software
This software changes your start orb

Windows 7 Start Button Changer: Change Your Windows 7 Start Button With One Click







OPTION TWO
To Manually Change Using Resource Editor

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REMEMBER TO BACK UP EXPLORER.EXE!

For custom made start buttons, and further information, please visit this thread: http://www.sevenforums.com/customiza...uttons-92.html
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The explorer.exe you want to edit is:

C:\Windows\explorer.exe

and not C:\Windows\SysWOW64\explorer.exe (for those running x64)

And for those who use the larger DPI's i.e 125% , 150% you need to change:

6806 - 66 x 198
6807 - 81 x 243
6808 - 106 x 318


NOTE: The start orb replacement always HAS to look like this:
1 orb: Orb when not in use (when not clicked or mouseover'ed)
2 orb: mouseover
3 orb: When start orb is clicked
1. Download Restorator (Shareware) (Restorator 2007 Resource Editor - Restorator - Bome Software)

2. Take ownership of the whole Windows folder (see these links for more info: Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums and Take Ownership Shortcut)

3. Open explorer.exe with restorator
Start Menu Button - Change-1.jpg

Start Menu Button - Change-2.jpg
4. Go to the folder called "Bitmap"
Start Menu Button - Change-3.jpg
5. Replace 6801.bmp, 6805.bmp, and 6809.bmp (as seen on the picture, you will need to right click and click assign, and then click assign to, then select your file.)
Start Menu Button - Change-4.jpg

Start Menu Button - Change-5.jpg
6. Go to "file" and Save as explorer.exe on your desktop

7. Go to the windows folder and rename explorer.exe to explorer.exe.bak and then copy-paste the new explorer, Kill the process in task manager and start it again.
Now you have a new start button!

Please comment, if you have something to say






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31 Aug 2009   #1
Lanthus20

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Sweet! Awesome tutorial thanks muchly

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01 Sep 2009   #2
sergiogarcia9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lanthus20 View Post
Sweet! Awesome tutorial thanks muchly
You're welcome
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01 Sep 2009   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

the three bitmaps we need to replace - i assume they are normal, mouseover and clicked?

i think it would be useful if you could make this clear in the tutorial.

oh, and thanks!
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01 Sep 2009   #4
sergiogarcia9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
the three bitmaps we need to replace - i assume they are normal, mouseover and clicked?

i think it would be useful if you could make this clear in the tutorial.

oh, and thanks!
as seen on the picture, you will need to right click and click assign to
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01 Sep 2009   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

what i mean is: 6801.bmp = normal button? 6805.bmp = mouseover button? 6809.bmp=clicked?

please make it clear in the tutorial.
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01 Sep 2009   #6
sergiogarcia9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
what i mean is: 6801.bmp = normal button? 6805.bmp = mouseover button? 6809.bmp=clicked?

please make it clear in the tutorial.
This should explain it:


Large Icons:
No matter where the Taskbar is located, you only need 6805.bmp
Small Icons:
top: 6809.bmp
left: 6805.bmp
right: 6805.bmp
bottom:6801.bmp
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01 Sep 2009   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

now i am really confused...

if i only need 6805.bmp then why do you say replace 6801 and 6809 in the tutorial? the tutorial mentions nothing about large or small icons, nor location of taskbar.

it is obvious that you know what you are doing, but when you write a tutorial, you have to assume idiots like me are going to read it, so you have to explain more.

i misunderstood and thought that we had to make three buttons, one for its normal state, one for mouse rollover, and another for when it is clicked. i was wrong...
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01 Sep 2009   #8
sergiogarcia9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
now i am really confused...

if i only need 6805.bmp then why do you say replace 6801 and 6809 in the tutorial? the tutorial mentions nothing about large or small icons, nor location of taskbar.

it is obvious that you know what you are doing, but when you write a tutorial, you have to assume idiots like me are going to read it, so you have to explain more.

i misunderstood and thought that we had to make three buttons, one for its normal state, one for mouse rollover, and another for when it is clicked. i was wrong...
That is for the small button, you need to replace the others...But you should do it anyway.
The picture of the button should be like this:
First Orb: The start orb itself
Second Orb: start while mouseover
Third Orb: Start orb when clicked
edit: this a png, it will need to be a BMP file, with a black background.


Attached Images
 
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01 Sep 2009   #9
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

ok, thank you for explaining it to this idiot.

so 6801.bmp = normal button? 6805.bmp = mouseover button? 6809.bmp=clicked?

please edit your original tutorial with this extra information.

and where do i store my new bitmaps? (or will they get saved inside explorer.exe when i assign them?)

what about transparency? can you assign a png file?

sorry for the idiot questions, but i want to help you improve your tutorial!
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