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Vista / Longhorn: Install the Sidebar into Build 5219

The sidebar has been leaked and it works in build 5219. Here are the instructions how to download and install it. has leaked the sidebar. Here’s how to download and install it:

Here is AlexTheBeast’s guide to installing the vista sidebar in XP.

1. Find the Vista Sidebar on rapidshare
2. Unrar the compressed files
3. Copy the Windows Sidebar folder into your Program Files folder. If C is your default Vista drive, the folder should end up here: C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar
4. Create a Parts folder in your current profile directory. If you are logged in as administrator, for example, your new folder should end up here: D:\Users\Administrator\Parts
5. Copy all the file from \Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Default Parts to this new Parts folder you just created
6. Run \Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
7. When the sidebar opens, click the plus (+) to load the gadgets.

In this version, the included gadgets are the following: slideshow viewer, analog clock, Desktop Search, and RSS reader.

Here are a few of my screenies for you:


David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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