Windows Vista Start Button For XP

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 11, 2008
Updated • Feb 17, 2013
Software, Windows, Windows software

Not everyone is a fan of changing the looks of an operating system. Some users are perfectly happy with the default skin it shipped with and would never think of changing the interface. There is however a kind of user who likes to change the appearance of a computer system. From changing themes to adding gadgets, wallpapers and fonts.

ViOrb Remastered is one small tool that might be one of those that this user groups loves. It does not do more than to replace the Windows XP start button with the Windows vista's start button. That's pretty straightforward with no configuration needed at all. The user simply has to execute the file after unzipping it and it will automatically replace the start button for as long as it is running.

The software is currently available as a pre-beta build in the forum of the developer after registration. While it does not throw any error messages during usage the author still has some annoyances to sort out before releasing the software program.

The main problem with the application is that the start button works as intended if the taskbar is at the bottom of the screen. Items get replaced however if the taskbar has been moved by the user to the sides of the screen making it unusable in its current state.

This can be fixed by moving the taskbar to the bottom and then back to the side if auto-hide is not enabled. Once the taskbar hides itself automatically the entries get pushed aside again.

The application uses roughly 5 Megabytes of computer memory while running. The only way to uninstall it is by opening the Task Manager and killing the process (which crashed Explorer). A restart of the system or logging off / on again should do the trick as well.


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  1. Karan said on November 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm


  2. Mohan said on July 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you


  3. manish said on November 20, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Nice work

  4. Primus said on November 18, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Check out this link

    it is very comprehensive..changes the whole thing 4m xp 2 vista

  5. Anonymous said on November 14, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    yay, Awesome find <3

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