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StartOrbz 3.1

Complete your customisation of Windows by changing the Start button

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 31 August 2011
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StartOrbz
Customise your Start button with StartOrbz

There are a huge number of ways in which you can customise your copy of Windows, but all too often there is one aspect of the operating system that is overlooked. Despite the fact that the Start button is clicked dozens of times each day, it is something that most tweaking tools leave well alone. This is not the case with StartOrbs which has been designed specifically to make it possible to change the Start button.

Start orb packs can be downloaded from one of a range of tweaking web sites, but you also have the option of creating your own from scratch. This means that you can use any image you like on the Start orb and you can use different images for the default, hover and click states.

For each image that you choose, you can use StartOrbs to adjust the glow, and shadow effects to create the look you are trying to achieve. The program can be configured to automatically create not only a system restore point but also a backup of explorer.exe - the file that needs to be patched - so you can easily get things back to normal if you change your mind.

The mere fact that StartOrbz makes possible something that so many tweakers want to achieve - and makes it so easy - is enough to make it worth installing. There are so many options when it comes to personalising the look of your operating system and this is one handy little tool that enables you to put the finishing touches in place.

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A great tool that touches one of the parts other customisation programs cannot.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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