Thoojse’s Windows 7 Sidebar Review
Let me start by saying: “I don’t like the Windows Vista/7 sidebar.” Actually, I dislike it so much that I’ve never actually tried it. I don’t like widgets, gadgets, doo dids, and whistles. Silly me for not trying because the sidebar can actually be quite cool. No, I’m still not using it, but I see a lot of value in a tool like this and I am grateful to Windows Guides reader, Angie, for sharing this tool with me.
Installation is a breeze, but I’d look out for the toolbar offer; while I’m in favor of supporting software developers, I dislike toolbars. If you don’t like browser toolbars, be sure to install the sidebar without the Amazon or eBay toolbar. Also, if you download the build I did, you’ll notice some references to the “Vista” toolbar; this is the Windows 7 toolbar.
If you’re using UAC, you’ll be told that some features wont work with it enabled. As some of the widgets access system resources, you’ll get no data/inaccurate data. (If you’re using XP, you wont get this message.)
The sidebar is pretty and comes with a bunch of gadgets that, in true Windows 7 fashion, can be placed anywhere on the desktop. The look of the widgets isn’t consistent enough for me, but as I mentioned earlier in this review, I’m not a sidebar/widget/gadget fan, so that’s probably why I’m so picky.
You can also skin the clock to work with your style and desktop background.
(From the verdict) If you’ve always wanted the Windows 7 sidebar but currently use Windows XP or Vista, download this program! You wont be disappointed! If you’re like me (and dislike bells and whistles on your PC–I don’t wish to imply bells and whistles are bad), you may want to skip this one.