Enable Vista style Sidebar in Windows XP

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As the name says, Windows XP, Microsoft Windows users are happy experiencing the best performance of Windows XP. But Some of them would like to add the features of Windows Vista and Windows 7 in XP. There are lots of transformation packs available for transforming windows XP to Vista or Windows Seven, But I have seen in few PC it gives some error later and the OS is not stable. So in this post, i am going to show you how to enable the Windows Vista Sidebar in Windows XP.

Sidebar is a major feature in Windows Vista which boosts your personal productivity by providing instant access to gadgets—a wide variety of engaging, easy-to-use, and customizable mini-applications that offer information at a glance and provide easy access to frequently used tools. For those who want to enjoy the Vista look alike sidebar in Windows XP please check these links:

Thoosje Vista Sidebar

thoosje has released a new version of his nice looking sidebar for Windows XP users which looks very similar to Vista’s sidebar.

Thoojse Windows Vista SIdebar1 @ Enable Vista style Sidebar in Windows XP

M!W sidebar

A nice looking sidebar gadget created by M!W with lots of features

MW Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget for XP @ Enable Vista style Sidebar in Windows XP

Yahoo Widgets Sidebar

SidePanel is a skinnable Widget made by Richard Kyle which allows users to add a panel to their screen so that Widgets may be placed on top of it. Similar to the Windows Vista Sidebar.

Yahoo Widgets Windows Vista Sidebar @ Enable Vista style Sidebar in Windows XP

Samurize Vista Sidebar

Windows Vista style sidebars for Samurize users. Samurize is an advanced system monitoring and desktop enhancement engine for Windows 2000/XP/2003.

Samurize WIndows Vista Theme for XP @ Enable Vista style Sidebar in Windows XP

Desktop Sidebar

Desktop Sidebar provides you with instant access to the information you most desire by grabbing data from your PC and the internet. The result is a dynamic visual display you configure and control. Lots of plugins/panels and skins make it one of the most populat sidebar app.

Desktop Sidebar for Windows Vista @ Enable Vista style Sidebar in Windows XP

Google Desktop Sidebar

It surely doesn’t look like Vista sidebar but if we are talking about the sidebars then this program should be mentioned here. Google Desktop supports gadgets now. Gadgets are mini-applications which can be anything from games to search tools to media players, and they can be any shape and size use a weather globe to show you the latest forecast.

Google Desktop Windows Vista Sidebar @ Enable Vista style Sidebar in Windows XP

You can add all kinds of gadgets to the sidebar, like calendar, weather, media player, RSS feeds, picture rotator, clock, Google search, and lots more. It also has gadgets like system uptime too. The great thing about the XP sidebar is that it eats up 50% less RAM and is faster than the normal Windows Vista sidebar. Vista Sidebar for XP is also part of the Vista Transformation Pack, which makes XP look like Vista. Here are some of the cool features of Vista Sidebar for XP:

  • Sidebar works on any resolution and will not be distorted
  • Context menu for configuring all gadgets
  • Run Gadget – Type commands you would normally type by going to Start, Run
  • Mail Gadget – Check email directly on the sidebar
  • CPU and RAM reader gadget

So if you are still running Windows XP because you PC doesn’t meet the requirements of Windows 7 rather than upgrading, you can at least jazz up the XP interface to look more like Vista, while at the same time not having to worry about the stability of the operating system. Enjoy!


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