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How to Reinstate the Vista Sidebar on Windows 7
Published by Mark
18 Nov 2008
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How to Reinstate the Vista Sidebar on Windows 7

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This will show you how to reinstate the Vista Windows Sidebar on Windows 7.





METHOD ONE
Reinstate Vista Windows Sidebar on Windows 7
1. First Close all running Gadgets and Check Task Manager to Make sure it is not running and then go to C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar.
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2. Download the Take Ownership shortcut to add it to the right click context menu by going here Take Ownership Shortcut

3. Right click on the Sidebar folder and select Take Ownership

4. Rename the Original Folder to Windows Sidebar (2)

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.

7. Right Click on the screen and select Gadgets and now you should have the Vista sidebar.
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8. To close the sidebar just go to the icon in the system tray, right click and select exit.
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METHOD TWO
Reinstate Vista Windows Sidebar on Windows 7
1. First Close all running Gadgets and Check Task Manager to Make sure it is not running and then go to C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar.
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2. Right click on a file and select Properties.
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3. Go to the Security Tab and click on Advanced.
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4. Go to the Owner Tab and select Edit.
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5. Select your user name and hit OK.
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6. Go back to step 3 now and instead of Advanced select Edit.

7. Select your user name and tick the box with Full control and hit OK.
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  • OK now you have done that for every file in the Windows sidebar folder except the Gadgets Folder, you can now delete or replace the files.
8. Copy the Windows Sidebar Folder and Paste it somewhere for a backup if you want to Revert your changes.

9. Go to the Sidebar Folder in Vista and copy all the files except the Gadgets Folder and Paste it in the Windows 7 Sidebar folder and overwrite the existing files and folders.

10. Right Click on the screen and select Gadgets and now you should have the Vista sidebar.





STEP TWO
Add Vista Sidebar Gadgets to Windows 7


Note   Note
This is an optional extra for getting all of your Gadgets from Vista to use in Windows 7
1. First close your sidebar and check Task Manager to make sure it is not running.

2. Go to folder options and select Show Hidden Files.

3. Now go to your Vista Drive and go to folder Users\your user name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets and copy all of the folders in that folder.
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4. Now go to the same folder on your Windows 7 drive and Paste the files in that folder.

5. Start your sidebar again by Right Clicking on the Desktop and selecting Gadgets and now you should have all the gadgets you were using on Vista, Enjoy!
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STEP THREE
Add NEW Gadgets to the Vista Sidebar



There is a problem installing new gadgets when using the Vista sidebar and you will need to follow this workaround to be able.

1. Download new Gadget

2. Download 7-Zip and install

3. Right click on the Gadget.exe and go to the 7-Zip tab and Extract Files.
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4. Now you have the folder on your desktop you will need to add .Gadget to the folder name and move it to the Gadgets folder as mentioned in Step Two.


TO UNDO CHANGES FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS

1. Opening the Start Menu and then type: cmd and Open as Administrator

2. Type: sfc /scannow

3. Let it complete and restart and all changes will undone.

For more information on scf /scannow look here.

19 Nov 2008   #1
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Mr Grim....

I didn't know you had done a proper tutorial on this subject; Good Work!















Later Ted

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19 Nov 2008   #2
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

nice work Mr Grim......

SK
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19 Nov 2008   #3
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Guys.

Tanks to Brink as well for touching it up a little here and there.
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19 Nov 2008   #4
Joe

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Indeed. Great job Mr. Grim.

This was one thing that I like about Vista and will carry over to Windows 7
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19 Nov 2008   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
Thanks Guys.

Tanks to Brink as well for touching it up a little here and there.
You're welcome Mr GRiM.

I tend to fancy the new Gadgets on the desktop only though. It's a lot more customizable IMO.
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13 Jan 2009   #6
simsandwhich

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hey there, any idea how to uninstall? I decided that I'd rather have the gadgets in Explorer not the sidebar, but Ive got no idea how to reverse this... any ideas?
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13 Jan 2009   #7
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Go to command promt,

1. Opening the Start Menu and then type: cmd and Enter

2. Type sfc /scannow

3. Let it complete and restart and you will have your old sidebar back or lack of should I say.
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13 Jan 2009   #8
simsandwhich

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Thanks alot, Im giving it a go now
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22 Jan 2009   #9
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

New registry fix for enabling the Sidebar with UAC off, download reg file and right click and select merge, restart and enjoy.


Downloading this file type (.reg) can potentially harm your computer.

Sidebar NO UAC Reg Fix
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