How to Remove Start Orb Button in Windows 7 or Vista

For those of you who dont like the start orb and want to do away with it, you now have two easy ways to do it.

UPDATE: You can also remove the Start Orb using TWC’s Ultimate Windows Customizer as well and it doesn’t have to run in the background..

Download No Start Orb for Win7 and use it.

– Add take ownership to your right click context menu using the registry patch.
– Browse to Windows folder.
– Rightclick on ‘explorer’ and take ownership.
– Rename it to explorerbackup.exe
– Now Paste the one in hotspot folder.
– Restart explorer and you are done.

It will remove the Start Orb and give you a hotspot instead!

Alternatively you might also want to check out Start Killer. This app hides the start orb button, while running in the notifications area. In this case, although the Start Orb Button is removed, you can still open Start Menu using CTRL+ESC or WIN key.

Best to create a system restore point first.

Works on Windows 7 & Vista x86 & x64, too.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Winnipeg Web Design

    MAy I ask what program you use to make your screenshots “ripped” around the edges?

  2. Scott Beamer

    Anyone who feels the need to remove the “orb” has some serious issues….

  3. Louder

    Umm.. Scott, no offense but the public libraries I go to also hide the start menu. People have their reasons to hide it, no need to say those have issues.

  4. guest

    Help! When I did this, it just leaves a void… I thought it this was gonna keep my pinned programs to where my start orb was originally going to be??? help!?!?

  5. You can restore the start button using anyone of these programs. Else restore your system back.

  6. mattataki

    You’ll then need to remove the CTRL+ESC keyboard shortcut to disable the startup menu and CTRL+Maj+ESC to disable the Task manager. I know I’m one year late but for enriching the internet for more people that wants to do so.

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