So, I was perusing codeproject.com and I came across their current Vista Gadgets Competition. Well, this sparked my interest, not because I am interested in prizes, but because until now, I hadn't heard of Gadgets, or the Vista Sidebar, or really much about Vista at all.
The reason for this is that, I, being slightly conservative regarding willy-nilly-ly installing new OSes as soon as they are available, choose to upgrade by force, only when absolutely unable to do otherwise. That means, I'm running Windows XP. So what is a developer to do now that his interest is piqued? Install Vista so I can play with Gadgets and the mystical sidebar? No! I, of course, choose to google up a nice patched version of sidebar.exe that can run on XP!
Woohoo! I'm excited to say, that this not only works, but works without a hitch. I was able to install and run the Vista Sidebar on XP in mere moments. And that also means I can fiddle with widgets, oops I mean Gadgets. ;)
See my next few posts for more information about Gadgets… But before you do, download the XP version of Windows Sidebar so you can join in the fun too!