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This thread contains links to the program you need, and a guide on how to create your own.

Program:
http://www.door2windows.com/windows-7-start-button-changer-change-your-windows-7-start-button-with-one-click/

There is a decent guide already there. Read it, as i cannot offer better advice on how to use the program.

Making Your Own Orbs:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/73616-how-create-custom-start-orb-image.html

I found it the most comprehensive, but slightly confusing guide. Here's a quick overview:
(i might add images at some point if needed)
  1. New canvas 54*162. 8 bit colours.
  2. You need 3 images, the first will be displayed when you aren't using the start menu. the second is for when you hover over the orb and the third is for when you press on the orb. All 3 images can be the same if you wish.
  3. The first image need to be located at the top. The second needs to be in the middle and the third need to be at the bottom.
  4. The images you are using need to be scaled down so they are less than, approximately, 45*45 pixels.
  5. You then need to select the areas of the images that you want to be displayed.
  6. Create a new alpha layer.
  7. Fill in the areas you want to be displayed with white.
  8. Save the image as a .BMP with 32 bit colour and in windows format.
  9. Done.


Here's two that I have made. Rightclick and save as .BMP:

OCN Flame: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
162

Minecraft Stone/Cobblestone: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
162

Minecraft Stone/Cobblestone/Diamond: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
162

Lightning Orb: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
162

Have fun!

All credit goes to ZaLiTH @ http://www.sevenforums.com for the guide and the http://www.door2windows.com team for the epic program.
(If anything is wrong, please Pm so i can change it as quickly as possible)
Edited by BritishBob - 2/7/12 at 12:42pm
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Cool!
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This has been possible for the longest time haha, nice ocn start orb though tongue.gif
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Quote:
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This has been possible for the longest time haha, nice ocn start orb though tongue.gif

I know, but after getting to page 5 on a search I figured I would post a topic.
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Quote:
8.Save the image as a .BMP with 32 bit could

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need more orbs!
Edited by exzacklyright - 2/9/12 at 12:09am
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Added another orb. Simple, but I like this one:
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I also edited the mincraft one, it now has some diamond. biggrin.gif

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Edited by BritishBob - 2/7/12 at 12:41pm
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