Don't know how this may help, but it might!
Adding Vista Sidebar and Aero to Windows Server 2008 Desktop
Do the following steps in your target Windows Server 2008 x64 box.
To get the sidebar,
1. From a Vista SP1 x64, copy in the content of C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar. And place the folder in the same location.
2. Run sidebar.exe /regserver
3. Register (regsvr32) the 2 sidebar dlls, sbdrop.dll and wlsrvc.dll
4. Clone the sidebar registry settings of the Vista box, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Sidebar\Settings, to the target Windows Server 2008 registry.
5. Run C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe to bring up the sidebar and set the properties to start Siderbar when Windows starts.
Now to get the Aero, assuming your graphic card is sufficient
1. In Server Manager, add Desktop Experience feature.
2. In Services applet, set the service, Themes, to autostart.
3. In Personalization, set Theme to Windows Vista and Windows Colors and Appearance to Aero.
Then spend the next hour to add/remove all the gadgets you like/dislike, which is the fun part. http://blogs.technet.com/yungchou/ar...8-desktop.aspx
Windows Sidebar… or lack thereof…
The sidebar has been integrated with Windows Explorer in the sense that there is no actual “sidebar” for the gadgets to attach to. Rather, they float around on the desktop and can be snapped to the sides or the top or bottom of the screen, which is great. But, in case your wondering, at this point the gadgets are still hosted by the Windows Sidebar process, which can be located at %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar and %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Sidebar (32-bit version of the sidebar when using 64-bit Windows).
There’s also one gadget missing that was included with Windows Vista, which is the notes gadget. You can however, port this gadget over from Vista. Just make sure to either put it in C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Shared Gadgets or your user specific gadgets folder. Putting gadgets in C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets will NOT work. http://chris123nt.com/windows-7-buil...-tricks-guide/
I've had the sidebar turned off almost from Day 1 of Vista, so I'll never miss it.