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Get The Vista Sidebar In Windows XP

I am now running the Windows Vista sidebar in Windows XP. How to do it? Well, its not easy… Just follow the instructions here.

Basically, you download the Sidebar files, then download the patch. Copy the Parts folder to your created UserParts folder, apply the patch, copy xmlrw.dll to your Sidebar folder, and run the Sidebar.

The Vista Sidebar running in Windows XP (click to view full-size)Now, as to the Gadgets that come with the Sidebar.

The first appears to just show random images from your hard drive. At the moment, it has no options to customize.

The second is an RSS headline display gadget. Currently, you can have one RSS feed, and a +/- sign determines whether you see one or four headlines.

The third is a clock. You can add a second hand, as I’ve done.

The fourth is a search box. It comes with MSN Search as the default, but you can change it easily by entering a search string.

You can specify the side of the monitor the Sidebar appears on, and which monitor it appears on (if you have multiples).

With all four default Gadgets running, you lose about 19 megabytes of RAM, pretty much on par with my Konfabulator experience. Objects can be removed from the Sidebar and be placed pretty much anywhere.

As you can see, its not exactly feature-rich at the moment. In fact, parts of it don’t even work. But, if you are like me and are having fun getting your XP system to look like Vista (as mine does, thanks to WindowBlinds), then this is a worthy addition. Also, proof positive Gadgets work in XP, since anybody can get them right now.

October 14th, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Windows, Vista, XP | 4 comments
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  1. Or you could just use the GDS sidebar :-)


    Comment by Delicate Genius | 10/14/2005

  2. Vista Sidebar for XP has the… er… recipe. I’m not gonna do it, but Nathan has a full writeup.

    Via Nathan Weinberg.

    Trackback by | 10/14/2005

  3. Thats all very well but, where the heck are you supposed to get the file??

    Comment by shokx | 2/15/2006

  4. You need a Windows Vista DVD, either from a legitimate beta tester, or off bit torrent. I won’t point to illegal files, but if you have them, you might as well be able to use them in fun ways.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | 2/15/2006

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