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steelOrb 2 for Windows 7 by ap-graphik steelOrb 2 for Windows 7 by ap-graphik
steelOrb 2, a start orb for Windows 7, the sequel to my first start orb.

Bottom, On top and left & rightversion

last version of explorer

explorer.exe for Windows 7 64bits & 32bits (build 7600.16450) included !
Now with the last SP1 versions !
DO NOT USE WITH ANOTHER VERSION of Windows !!

BMP and PNG included


Preview made with :

Windows theme not included : Soft7 2.0 by me

Icons not included : Token by ~brsev

Wallpaper not included : Soft7 2.0 Beta 2 edition by me

Taskbar Drop Shadow by ~sweatyfish


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HOW TO CHANGE YOUR START ORB :
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Method 1 :
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Use this tool to change the exe : Windows Theme Installer by Kishan-Bagaria


Method 2 :
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add a "take ownership" shortcut to your right-click :)
[link]
and use the old trick by using the task manager, end explorer.exe, then browse and replace :)


Method 3 : (thanks to yayme)
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[link]



Or you can use a resources hacker like ResHacker or Restorator in order to change the picture inside the explorer.exe.

(C:Windowsexplorer.exe)






HOW TO CHANGE ICONS ON THE SUPERBAR :

First, place your shortcut on the desktop, change icon by : right-click > Properties > Change icons > browse..... > OK > OK
only then place this shortcut on the superbar,
and now it works. :)






I hope you like it !


Check my other start orbs
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:iconbarrythejetpackguy:
barrythejetpackguy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
this is so awesome! thank you!
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1521352840 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
where to download?
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
the download button ?
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:iconzerfl:
zerfl Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Can you make a version for people who use small icons? This is very good looking!
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:iconblaezz:
blaeZZ Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
17mb ne ya çüş öküz
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:icongiorakiller11:
giorakiller11 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
how to download i dont see the download link
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:iconkarlcosca13:
karlcosca13 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
nice!
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:iconajwedajwedajwed:
AjwedAjwedAjwed Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Nice One! Thanx!!!
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:iconfurkandeger:
furkandeger Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Alright I have changed the orbit by using reshack but, as my version is 17640 I cannot change explorerframe.dll with yours so can you just share the bmp files for the navigation bars in so that I can also change them by using reshack?
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:iconfurkandeger:
furkandeger Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
My windows version is x64 SP1 17640. What to do with that? Explorer won't start when I change explorerframe.dll or explorer.exe. I did not try to change both, though.
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:iconfurkandeger:
furkandeger Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
My windows is x64 sp1 17640. What to do with that?
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:iconchelleylamarr:
chelleylamarr Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So lovely - thank you so much! :)
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:iconha7ak3:
ha7ak3 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice!!
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:icon7titty7:
7Titty7 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Just, amazing! thx!
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:iconscoggerbot:
Scoggerbot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is perhaps one of the most versatile, elegant start orbs in existence. Thank you for your art. :handshake:
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Thank you very much :)
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:iconpengguanyan:
pengguanyan Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Hey,here is something wrong with my PC. Couly you help me for some advice?

It's the icons. I want to use it, but I don't know how to install it, and which tool I must use......

If you can help me, you can write or e-mail to me. address: pengguanyan@live.cn

thanks for your Generous.
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:iconluckymoments:
LUCKYmoments Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, do I get the Patch on Win's official page? Couldn't find it so far but btw, thank you for the answer! :)
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
No, it's Universal Theme Patcher, it's all written in the description of Soft7.
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:iconluckymoments:
LUCKYmoments Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thank you! :P
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:iconfantaziee:
fantaziee Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
That's awesome! Any chance for a Vista version of it? Please?
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Soft7 may have been port for Vista at one time (by someone else), but I think it's not the case anymore, especially when we're already looking for Windows 8.

Thanks :)
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:iconsanmilano:
sanmilano Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Just a question, I installed the orb but now I don't have the volume icon and some others... Do you know what is happening? Thanks in advance!
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:iconwildsketchbook:
WildSketchbook Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconthre3one:
thre3one Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
is this compatible with small taskbar? tried 6801, 6805 and 6809 but the orb is still bigger than the taskbar. or is it meant to be so?
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I've made it like the original start orb from Windows 7, it's only one picture so it will appear the same for every sizes and positions, like the original start orb.
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:iconthre3one:
thre3one Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
owh, ok. thanks for the reply. keep up the good work! :)
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:iconliuxiaofei:
Liuxiaofei Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011   Artist
Nice!
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:iconheliolukos:
HelioLukos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
I've always wondered, what's the difference between the 6801, 6805, and 6809 .bmp's?
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:iconbello2185:
bello2185 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, just got an update to 17592. Could you one for that version? :D
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
I don't have this update yet... 64 or 32 bits ? (I'm under 64 bits personally)
Also, never forget Restorator :)
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:iconbello2185:
bello2185 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm also on 64 Bit version of Win 7.
And mmh restorator, I'll look at that. :p
But an update also would be nice. :nod:
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:icondanotologist:
Danotologist Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing to do with the start orb. Image codes as in theme codes.
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:icondanotologist:
Danotologist Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you help me. I tried to make my own start orb, using a guide on door2windows.com. Everytime i get the dimensions and ruling right and the channels and stuff on photoshop but whenever i change it it just shows up as a white silhouette of the image. Frustrates me.
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
I had a link to a video on Youtube for that on my FAQ, but the video sadly get deleted...

You have to be careful to use a black background for your bmp and an alpha channel to hide it.
I'm sure between Google and Youtube you could find more explanation :)
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:icondanotologist:
Danotologist Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, i had a look on most sites. But I ended up finding a Tutorial on here.

You wouldn't happen to know a site where I can find out the image codes within .msstyles?
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
What do you mean ? The start orb isn't in the msstyles...
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:iconbello2185:
bello2185 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How is the update coming along? :D
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Updated :) It's in the folder "Last version"
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:iconbello2185:
bello2185 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :w00t!:
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:iconfrank-seven:
Frank-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's really nice. :)
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:icongossiplife:
GossipLife Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
got some windows update yesterday
new explorer.exe is "6.1.7601.17567"
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Yep, it should be updated tommorrow, with my 17 start orbs, that makes something like 50 explorer.exe to update so it takes some time and it's a bit boring too :D
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:iconbello2185:
bello2185 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I just updated my Win 7 SP1 with 6 new updates and since then your custom explorer.exe isn't working anymore.
It just keeps giving me a black screen after start up, I tried downloading your explorer again and copy it over the old one but that also didn't work.
So I read trough the details of the newly installed updates and I think this update causes it to crash (KB 2515325): [link] Because it updated something with Explorer.
So could you please bring out a update to fix this? :)
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Yep, it should be updated tommorrow, with my 17 start orbs, that makes something like 50 explorer.exe to update so it takes some time and it's a bit boring too :D
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:iconbello2185:
bello2185 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, well thanks for your time. :D
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:iconcausa45:
causa45 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
looks good.
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:iconliverleaf300993:
liverleaf300993 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
How do you browse and replace the orb file?
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