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Windows 7: Vista Windows Sidebar - Reinstate on Windows 7

27 Nov 2009   #50
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Works like a charm. In addition I suggest to put the newly aquired sidebar .exe into the startup folder. Else you have to start the sidebar gadgets manually each time.

If you've set it up correctly it should be an option just like in Vista where you can tell it to start with Windows or not, whatever you want.

With Sidebar open right click the taskbar icon and select Properties.

Of course. I just have this habit of using the startup folder. Then I don`t have to crawl all over the system to see where to put the checkmarks. It is just a more generic way - I think.


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28 Nov 2009   #51
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

Force of habit...I know...!
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05 Dec 2009   #52
TechN9Ne1730

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

I did this on my previous install of Win7 no problem. However I cant delete the entire folder this time around. It seems windows has hold of a few files and says there in use. I dont see anything in task manager related to sidebar or gadgets. I have ownership of all files and folders.

I even tried in safe mode and had no luck.

Any ideas what process to look for?

EDIT: Ok so i tried safe mode again and was able to delete both the win sidebar folder in program files x86 and program files. I then tried copying over my Windows sidebar folders from my old install but only gadgets work. No sidebar.
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05 Dec 2009   #53
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You were not supposed to delete the Sidebar folder in program files - just rename it. You should end up with Windows Sidebar (2) from Win7 and Windows Sidebar from Vista.
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05 Dec 2009   #54
TechN9Ne1730

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

What difference does it make since windows no longer reads the original files? Anyways I got it working myself. Thanks anyways.
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05 Dec 2009   #55
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Good, even the hard way sometimes works - LOL.
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10 Jan 2010   #56
DAS001

Windows 7
 
 
Help!

Hello! I'm a bit of a newbie here....
I was going along well with trying to get my old Vista sidebar back, but didn't understand your directions for steps 8 and 9. Can you please help with some screen shots or something for the less savvy users like me? I'm not sure where the Vista folders are...

Thanks in advance!!!
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10 Jan 2010   #57
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, suggest you use Method1 - there is no step9 and step8 is only for closing the sidebar. You can also right click on the sidebar itself and close it. Then when you want get it back up, just click on the icon in the tasktray.
But if that was not what you were looking for, plse post back. Method1 is really easy and should be no problem at all - but if there are steps you dont understand, I'll be glad to make pictures.
And tell me how far you got without problems.
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10 Jan 2010   #58
DAS001

Windows 7
 
 
Thank you!

Thanks for your reply--will try method one and see how it goes....

I was confused about the folders in the method two.
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10 Jan 2010   #59
DAS001

Windows 7
 
 
Ok...here's my problem

I figured out why I didn't use method one:

5. Go to the Windows Sidebar Programs folder in Vista and copy it.

6. Now just paste the Vista folder in the Programs folder on your Windows 7 partition.

What exactly is meant by the sidebar programs folder in vista vs the programs folder on my windows 7 partition??? This is what confused me and why I tried to use method two.
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