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Windows 7: Start Menu Button - Change

30 Jan 2010   #120


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jake66 View Post
Great tutorial! I have had my start orb changed for many a month now to the SevenForums theme orb. I put my laptop on the other day, and it had gone back to the default one. I don't think it was installing updates or anything that affected it. The problem is that now my 30 day trial of Restorator 2007 has run out, I cannot change it back...

Any ideas??


P.S ClockWorkLemon, have you remembered to go into to task manager and end the process explorer.exe, and then restart it again??
You can change it with other tool like Resource Tuner
Resource Tuner: Resource Editor for EXE and DLL Resource Files. Edit Icon Resources, Replace Strings, Change Bitmaps.

Also, yes it is because of an update it have been changed
Look here:

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30 Jan 2010   #121

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

IMO,users who customize windows themes,start buttons etc are creative.They think differently and have mad skills on customizing windows.It's more of a "Eye Candy" thingy.They are very passionate and devoted to their artwork.Should say thanks to them cause they share their artwork...
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04 Feb 2010   #122

Win7 Ultimate Build 7600 RTM
Cant rename explorer.exe

awhile ago, i noticed my start icon changed back to the stupid orb. I couldn't have been that the restorator's trial ran out as that happened long before the icon switch. now when i try to change the name of the C:\Windows\explorer.exe file I get the message below (after clearing warnings and permissions and stuff). this is most annoying >.<

ok, apparently the "take ownership" script doesnt work on the updated explorer.exe and you have to manually do it. grrr

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04 Feb 2010   #123

Windows 7 x64 Professional

So the problem that I am having is that when I create my own custom orb and I replace explorer.exe with the customized explorer.exe, I notice that the mouseover effect quickly flashes a some black overlap above the startmenu and then it fades back to transparent. If I press the windows key, the black overlay doesn't happen so it must be something in the transition between the three images for the custom start orb.

Someone else had said that the problem was that there might be some pixels that are reaching into the frame for a different portion of the custom orb image (so the mouseover image might have pixels that overlap into the default image). This cannot be the issue, however, because I have tried simply changing the look of images that I know to work and the issue still occurs. Any help?


clearly Paint.Net just doesn't want to handle the image correctly. I used GIMP and it worked fine if anyone has this problem in the future.
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05 Feb 2010   #124

Windows 7 64bit

That is the problem that i was having with my bitmaps, and indeed I had been re-sizing them using
You are a Savior! XD
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05 Feb 2010   #125

Windows 7 Ultimate
For any of y'all looking for ResHacker

Its in the zip

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05 Feb 2010   #126


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07 Feb 2010   #127

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
My Problems With Start Orbs

Ok I figured out the issues with black bars and weird colors. I was creating transparent pngs in photoshop and then converting them over to bmp's. I load them into gimp and photoshop and I did see the alpha channel in the files. So for the most part the files are fine (I can load them up in VB and they look perfect).

So from what I can tell explorer.exe ui doesnt only read the alpha channel. It also paints whats visible by the naked eye.

Ok, so that means anytime an image gets converted from png to bmp (by photoshop, gimp, alpha image convertor and my vb programs.) they dont properly paint everything "black" as it should. What looks perfect as a png looks like crap as a bmp when its converted.

How are you guys creating custom orbs that look good? are you highjacking a ripped copy of the image and drawing on top of that?

If you look at my attachment, the first image is the png, looks good. The second image is how explorer.exe ui wants the image in order for it to work. The last image is the results I get no matter what program I use convert the png to a bitmap. That same third image loads up fine in gimp and im able to see the alpha blended image fine. So I know that gimp properly reads the file.

Any thoughts?

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Start Menu Button - Change-test.jpg 
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09 Feb 2010   #128

Windows 7 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AClockWorkLemon View Post
That is the problem that i was having with my bitmaps, and indeed I had been re-sizing them using
You are a Savior! XD
I take it all back. No matter what I do, I have the problem with the design flahing quickly, then fading away... WTF? any help would be AWSMOE . By-the-by, i still am plagued by the problem of the start orb. it would seem that my start orb is larger than everyone else's, as I have to modify the 66x198 .bmp for any results. Help on this matter would also be greatly appreciated!
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09 Feb 2010   #129

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

All this is a thing of the past. Im coding something that will blow everyone away. ANYONE will be able to create PERFECT start orbs.
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