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Simple Start Orb by brsev Simple Start Orb by brsev
This is the simple, minimal start orb I use with my Token icon set on Windows 7. It works well with all backgrounds. The icon is the windows flag distilled into a single shape.

Requires a resource hacker to replace the files in explorer.exe. Offered as-is for those who know what to do with it. Using it in a visual style is for release is permitted.

See it in use here: [link]
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:iconiamthefreedomartist:
IamtheFreedomArtist Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love this work! I am now using your start orb. :D
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emilci Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
i love ALL your icons! could you post just the windows icon like the one that's in the orb? please!
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:iconhorry:
horry Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So hot! Love it :)
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Infernorum-Canis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I (always) hate the orb of Window, this one look very most minimalist and clear thank you very much for this good initiative ;)
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Schmittounet Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
An easy way to change your Start Orb is to use this software : [link]

BTW : really nice work ! Love it !
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susaki-sama Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good work
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DJTranceKid Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
what theme/skin are you using?
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valtonray Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
im a member over at [link] and we would like your permission to share your start orbs with our members. we will not be hosting the download only a pic and a link back here so that they may grab it from you. of course you will be credited on our site. please respond to my profile and thank you for sharing your wonderful art with us.
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Oceansolei Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
How do I change the logo to start in seven? :?
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kyosan1988 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
Nice orb :D Can you share me that with transparent background (PNG)? Thanks
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
I'm sorry to ask you about that but after hours of search and thousands of pages of forum read I give up...
I wish to create my own start orb. I know it's a bmp and everything and I've learned that it needs an alpha channel in order to be transparent but still I didn't make it...
I don't know how exactly make this alpha channel, I don't know if I've got to ad a black layer under or not...

I'm using photoshop, I've also tested with gimp but it's the same result...

I'm disappointed, I'm totaly not a newb but I can't make it... please help me
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brsev Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
This should help a lot: [link]
Thanks to deviant 2befine.
Basically, create the alpha channel by hitting 'new' in the PS Channels palette.
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Since my last comment I've almost arrived to do the same but not as well...

thanks a lot ! this is exactly what I was searching !!
I was not familiar with the use of channels, and I totally didn't know what was a channel alpha even if I had heard of it, now I understand a lot more ^^
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
I've fixed my problem by myself, I've understand the alpha channel and now I've got a good new start orb ^^

Anyway, yours is really great though !
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Brittegil Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
and Resource Hacker are only in 32bit?
i have tried alot of programs but non of them can replace the Explorer.exe, cant do it manually either because its in use, and when its not in use i cant copy/paste none files...

some suggestions?

:)
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brsev Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
You need to 'Take Ownership' of the Windows folder, there's a registry hack for that, google around. Then you can rename explorer.exe while its in use and drag in your modded version.
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Brittegil Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yeah i found out :)
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:iconbrushaway:
BrushAway Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Man that's cool! Do you think you could put up a PNG version (with a transparent background) as well so us Vista users could use it too? That'd be great! :D
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matze1994 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
And again :D
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:iconpskunk:
pskunk Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow! This is simple, clean and stylish. Just the way i want it! Thanx and kip up the g8 work!
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:iconbrsev:
brsev Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Thanks!
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garbanzox Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
very cool!

will you be making one to match Token White?
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:iconbrsev:
brsev Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Thanks - Yeah, I think I will.
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devil6666 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Thanks! Working fine now.
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ivsaken1 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Yes, that'd be good -- rar, zip, whatever.

It's cool, but at the moment I'm finding it's unusable.
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brsev Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Yeah, unusable was a good way of putting it. How does it work for you now?
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ivsaken1 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Actually, right after I posted that I felt it sounded demanding -- definitely not what I was aiming for so my apologies if you took it that way.

Anyway, it's working just fine now and looking great next to your Token icons.

Many thanks..
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:iconbrsev:
brsev Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Oh no, of course not, I was embarrassed to post a useless file, not insulted. Glad to hear it's working!
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devil6666 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
I think DA converted it to JPG. Could you please upload it on a RAR archive?
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:iconbrsev:
brsev Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I zipped it up, let me know how it works.
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Muufasaurus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
How would one go around replacing the original start orb with this?
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brsev Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
It's kind of confusing, I'm not sure exactly what I did - but pretty much, I duplicated explorer.exe to the desktop, opened it in Resource Hacker (free!), replaced bitmaps 6801, 6805, and 6809 with the included bitmap, and saved it. Then I used a registry tweak I found online to "take ownership" of the Windows folder and swapped the two explorer.exes, and then restarted the process in task manager.
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Muufasaurus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Thanks for the detailed response!
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