The Media Guru

Aug 7, 2007

Windows Sidebar from Windows Vista has been finally ported onto Windows XP. In fact, this feat had already been achieved a few weeks after Vista was released, but the hacked Sidebar was buggy & most Gadgets wouldn’t work flawlessly. However this latest release installed easily and is working perfectly. (I was using the previous release for 3 months but debug errors occurred frequently…)

Min Requirements:
- Windows XP SP3
- 512 MB Memory - Sidebar is a MASSIVE memory hog! (it takes around 80MB on my PC)
- Alky for Applications - Included in the archive. Or you can get it here
- Internet Explorer 7 - Download here.
- Windows Media Player 11 - Download here.
- Wireless LAN API (for Windows XP) - Download here.
- .NET 3.5 Framework (required for some Gadgets & WSS) - Download here or here(direct link).

Download Windows Sidebar for XP
28MB - Use Winrar to open 7z. Alky 1.1 included.

- Install IE7, WMP11, WLAN API & .NET 3.5 Framework. (NOTE: If you do not install WLAN Hotfix, you will get "Delay load Error" popup)
- Extract "Windows Sidebar for XP.7z" to a folder.
- Install Alky for Applications - Alky_XP.exe in folder svcpack & reboot. (NOTE: Alky MUST be installed before Windows Sidebar)
- Right-click on sidebar.inf & choose Install.
- Required fonts & Gadgets will be installed.
- Enjoy!
WARNING: You need to uninstall all previous installations of VAIOXP (ex-Alky) if you were using it. If Sidebar still doesn’t work, check the FAQ here.

Alky for Applications can also be used to install other Vista features. Check this Alky Manual for more.

Download More Gadgets:
Gadget Installer is already included in the Sidebar - just double-click on a gadget to install!

Recommended Add-ons:

- Windows Sidebar Styler (WSS) by Stanimir Stoyanov - Change the appearance of Windows Sidebar by using skins - Download HERE.
- Amnesty Generator - Make your own Gadgets by using web widgets! (Windows Vista only) - Download here.

Tech support & more info here & here.
Guide Updated!

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bluejay said...

where is the link to download the sidebar?

carrotmadman6 said...

It's the rapidshare link:

Anonymous said...


after 8 hours of googleing, i finally have the Di.FM radio gadget on XP

Anonymous said...

Fuxxxxking ~

Anonymous said...

some gadgets dont work like the cpu meters

carrotmadman6 said...

Yes, some gadgets are "Made for Vista." :P

Anonymous said...

anyone have mediafire link..?my University blok rapidshare

carrotmadman6 said...

Here you go - link

Anonymous said...

Why do i need Wireless LAN?

carrotmadman6 said...

It's the API, not the drivers.

Anonymous said...

Alky isn't working. When I launch it, It's opening in background but nothing comes up on the screen. Alky is listed in Task Manager but, the program doesn't come up.

carrotmadman6 said...

Alky runs in the background.

Anonymous said...

This program has got a virus. My AntiVirus program alerts me.

carrotmadman6 said...

Probably a false positive. There is no virus in any of the above apps.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. It was a false Positive. The Sidebar is running fine on my XP machine. Thanks heaps. Love your blog.

Anonymous said...

how can i download alky.exe?

Sarvgya said...

it doesnt work

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