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Cutie Mark Start Buttons by Mwr247 Cutie Mark Start Buttons by Mwr247
Hey there!

With a lack of ponified Windows start buttons, I felt inclined to make my own. I'm not much of a graphics artist, but I think I did a pretty decent job.

What this does is it replaces your Windows start button/orb, with an orb containing the color and cutie mark of one of 33 different ponies, the list is below:
Pack 1:
- Applejack
- Big Macintosh
- Cheerilee
- Derpy Hooves
- Time Turner (Doctor Whooves)
- Fluttershy
- Lyra Heartstrings
- Octavia
- Pinkie Pie
- Princess Celestia
- Princess Luna
- Rainbow Dash
- Rarity
- Trixie
- Twilight Sparkle
- Vinyl Scratch (DJ Pon-3)

Pack 2:
- Berry Punch
- Braeburn
- Caramel
- Cutie Mark Crusader (Logo)
- Daring Do
- Golden Harvest (Carrot Top)
- Granny Smith
- Minuette (Colgate)
- Princess Cadance
- Queen Chrysalis
- Roseluck
- Shadowbolt
- Shining Armor
- Spitfire
- Sweetie Drops (Bon-Bon)
- Wonderbolt (Female)
- Wonderbolt (Male)

And in case you lose it, I also included the default Windows orb should you choose to go back (but why would you want to do that?).

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Anyways, as far as installation goes:

Step 0:
This pack is for Windows 7. However, thanks to :iconserindo: pointing it out, you can actually use this one Windows 8 if you use Classic Shell, which apparently allows you to make your Windows 8 experience more like that of Windows 7. Thanks for the heads up!

Step 1:
Download the Windows 7 Start Orb Changer here:
www.door2windows.com/windows-7…

Step 2:
Unzip and run the program, and click the "Change" button, which should open up a folder view prompt box.

Step 3:
Drag your desired (or all) pony start orb into the prompt box, select the one you wish to use, and click "Open".

Step 4:
Your screen should refresh, and congrats: your desktop is now 20% cooler!

P.S. For those of you who downloaded this from the Equestria Digital pack:
The start buttons in there are old, and don't contain all the ones in the official pack here (only 16 vs 33). In addition, the program that they distribute causes the buttons to render incorrectly. Be sure to use the one I link above for the best results.

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The credits for the cutie marks used:

BlackGryph0n - :iconblackgryph0n:
- Rainbow Dash

MaximillianVeers - :iconmaximillianveers:
- Berry Punch
- Big Macintosh
- Braeburn
- Caramel
- Cheerilee
- Cutie Mark Crusader (Logo)
- Derpy Hooves
- Doctor Whooves
- Golden Harvest (Carrot Top)
- Lyra
- Minuette (Colgate)
- Octavia
- Princess Celestia
- Princess Luna
- Roseluck
- Shadowbolt
- Sweetie Drops (Bon-Bon)
- Trixie
- Vinyl Scratch (DJ Pon3)
- Wonderbolt (Male)
- Wonderbolt (Female)

SWFlash - mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Cutie_mark/…
- Applejack
- Fluttershy
- Pinkie Pie
- Rarity
- Twilight Sparkle

Yenshin - :iconyenshin:
- Queen Chrysalis (cut from here: yenshin.deviantart.com/art/Chr… )

Jessicat0 - :iconjessicat0:
- Spitfire

ZuTheSkunk - :iconzutheskunk:
- Daring Do
- Shining Armor

Icaron - :iconicaron:
- Princess Cadance

The-Smiling-Pony - :iconthe-smiling-pony:
- Braeburn
- Granny Smith

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This is the complete set of 33 (both packs at 16 each, plus Queen Chrysalis as a bonus). Rather than having them uploaded separately, it made more sense to pack them both together. Not all of the start buttons are shown in the preview above obviously, so some you'll just have to check out for yourself!

Enjoy!
- Mwr247 (Prismic)
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:iconchaoticfluttershy:
ChaoticFluttershy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
There isn't a download?

I have the orb changer, but the cutie mark orbs aren't for DL? wth=.=-
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Look at the top right of the page. There should be a button to download the zip file up there.
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:iconllawlietvemo:
LlawlietVemo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconianolivia:
ianolivia Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
start orb changer doent open. use classic shell then set it so when u click the orb it goes to the normal thing.
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:icondugong73:
Dugong73 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey, I'm not sure if this is meant to be but when I place the bmp's in, some of them have a solid haze around them instead of a fading glow. it looks really out of place and its visible too when I preview the bmps directly from a folder. Only some have this effect such as the main 6, Derpy and Celestia to name a few. seems like only those from the first pack.  Bunny Emoji-68 (Bouncy) [V4] 
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Are you using the program I listed, or a different one (such as the one from the Equestria Digital pack)?

The program shipped with the Equestria Digital pack, for example, messed with the icons. I've never had an issue with the one I linked in the description.

Let me know if that helps or not =)
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:iconsonichedgehog93:
SONICHEDGEHOG93 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Even when using the link you provided for the Start Orb Changer it glitches out, it was working fine for quite a while then one day the Lyra Start Orb I was using started getting that hazy glitchy texture around it.
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:icondugong73:
Dugong73 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thankyou. I went to it before but my security said it had a virus and the download on the page added a extra file as opposed to the program. but I contacted the admin and he said to click on direct download link on the thankyou page which my security is happy with. < in case anyone else is having the same problem.
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:iconrainbowdashepicness2:
rainbowdashepicness2 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I request permission to use this in a PonyOS? Linux based, and these would be perfect.
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
If you can find a way to make them work for your purposes, then go for it =)

Out of curiosity though, what do you plan on using them for in PonyOS?
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:iconnikopollumero:
Nikopollumero Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Is there a possibility to have Lightning Dust cutie mark ? :)
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Not so long as I can't figure out why the new ones I've made don't work... Without Windows 7, it's become a hard thing to trouble shoot =S If I ever figure out why though, I'd add that too the list and be sure to let you know!
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:iconnikopollumero:
Nikopollumero Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
What do you mean "without Windows 7" ?
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
I have Windows 8 as my computer now, meaning I can't test these to ensure they work as easily as I could before. I do have access to another computer now though that does have Windows7, so we shall see.
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:iconstory-story:
Story-Story Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can you take requests for these?
Or maybe point commissions?
I would like to have one of Caesar please img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20… or th05.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f…
fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/201…
Thank you
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
What are point commissions? How do dA? ;P
caesar_orb.bmp

I'm kidding of course, although I honestly don't know what points used for here (not exactly "artsy"), so have this one free of charge.

Actually, if you do could me a favor and let me know if it works, that would be help enough. I don't exactly have windows 7 anymore, and I haven't made one of these in a while, so if it isn't working right just let me know so I can figure out why.

Otherwise, enjoy! ^_^
- Prismic
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:iconstory-story:
Story-Story Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The orbs wont work. They are just blank when I added them to the ord changer
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Bummer... Well, might take me a little to figure out where this is going wrong, but I'll take a look into it when I can.
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:iconstory-story:
Story-Story Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
okay thank you ^^
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:iconstory-story:
Story-Story Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much ^3^I will try it later today since I need to go to school soon.Thanks again btw xD
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:iconstargirlstan:
stargirlstan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   General Artist
=D SQUEEE!!!!!!!!
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:iconweed-needle:
Weed-Needle Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
f***kin awesome! But i have win8  ;-;
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:icondutchscout:
dutchscout Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
www.classicshell.net/ (can re-add start menu to win8)
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:iconfront-flip:
FRONT-FLIP Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Is it not for Windows Vista?
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Nope! Unfortunately not =(
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:iconlargent2005:
largent2005 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
These are perfect!  I've been using Trixie's icon for over a year now.  I recolored it so it glows red when highlighted. 
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Clever! I made that one before that episode aired, but that's a neat idea =)
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:iconbot-destroyer192:
bot-destroyer192 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Nice
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:iconserindo:
Serindo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
FOR THOSE CURSED TO USE WINDOW'S 8 (like me): There's a program called "Classic Shell" for windows 8.1. It creates a functioning Start button like in win7 and you can customize the start button to use these pony icons!
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
And the same program works to make these work? You sir, are brilliant. Good find! ^_^
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:iconserindo:
Serindo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Yep, I have Luna icon for my start button. www.classicshell.net/ Here's the link for you do add.
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Included a mention about it above. Thanks for the heads up!
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:iconjellybelly21:
JellyBelly21 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Sooo cool....I LOVE THEM! Love   :happybounce:   Clap 
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:iconnjd09:
njd09 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Just a tip for anyone with rough edges: Don't use the program included in the Equestria Digital Project; it causes them. The program linked above works perfectly.

Thanks for these, they look fantastic!
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:iconredbuttonsrkewl:
RedbuttonsRKewl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Awesome but when I try to use the Cutie Mark crusaders orb it just becomes blank
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Unfortunately I don't have Windows 7 anymore, meaning I can't really test it. Is it only that orb? And are you using the program listed here, or the one in the Equestria Digital pack?
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:iconxr3827:
Xr3827 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
thanks
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Apparently these start orbs were featured in the Equestria Digital Project 2013. I'm amazed at how popular they have become for what started as a simple personal project. All thanks to you guys =)
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:iconflorapony:
florapony Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Hello! I love your icons, but how can I use them? Please Help! S.O.S :D
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
What's the trouble you're having? Keep in mind, they aren't icons, they are start orb replacements (to replace the start button on Windows 7 machines).
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:iconspyhunter57:
spyhunter57 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
These look awesome, and the installation went smooth as silk, but the edges seem really rough on my end. It's almost like they need anti-aliasing, especially on the mouse-over icon. Could it possibly be my resolution (1600x900)?
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I'm running 1680x1050, so I doubt that. Think you might be able to get a screen shot for me? =)
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:iconspyhunter57:
spyhunter57 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Sure thing!
[link]
I used the Rainbow Dash Orb (Like the preview), and like I said, I get really rough edges for whatever reason .
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Wow, that is interesting. I'm rather curious though as to why you have 2 of them on your task bar? It should only be to replace the start button, not to serve as an icon. perhaps that is the problem?

Unfortunately, all of the Windows 7 computers I've tested it on work as expected. It shouldn't be resolution, as I followed the same methods and specifications as the default start orb.
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:iconspyhunter57:
spyhunter57 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Oh no, the 2nd one was just to show the glow when you mouse over it.
I think I MAY have found the problem: I was using the changer included with Equestria Digital, not the one in the description. Using that one on my desktop, it seems just fine.I'll try it on my laptop next time I get a chance.
Thanks!
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist
:la: Thank you! This'll work wonderfully with all my themes.
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:iconcaneplaysthings:
CanePlaysThings Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
LYRAAAAA
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:icon0oprincesslunao0:
0oPrincessLunao0 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Artist
And how do you do this now... Where are the pony pack downloads.. Getting pretty irritated atm.. Obviously im stupid. =/
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:iconmwr247:
Mwr247 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Should be on the right side of the page, the button titled "Download File", below the beta Deviation recommendation thing.

or have a link: [link]
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:icon0oprincesslunao0:
0oPrincessLunao0 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013   Artist
Thankies.. Very helpful indeed. Running Twilight's Cutiemark ^^
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