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Samurize Vista Sidebar 4

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Samurize Vista Sidebar 4 by halfwayglad


There is a sidebar for Rainmeter but it uses images taken from my sidebar. Please consider downloading this version instead.


If you are downloading this for Windows Vista and encounter any problems, please notify me--I may be able to provide a fix for Vista bugs.

You need the Windows Vista cleartype fonts: You can download the fonts here:


They come with Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2007. You may delete the viewer after the fonts are installed.

Update 1.5; 6-3-07

Updated all plugins to the newest versions
Added a new iPhone gadget (iPod and lock functionality only due to font size constraints)
Added a new Longhorn Clocks gadget
Added various functionality to gadgets (Comedy Central, RSS, Calendar, Slideshow)
Updated the Halo 3 Countdown to September 25, 2007.
Added a Sidebar Hover Option (it's a nice little touch)
Various graphical fixes

Update 1.4

Fixed the Gadget Picker Glass
Enhanced the gadget Selector Prompt
Updated the Date Calendar Graphics and Calendar Events
Fixed the Digital Clock font
Updated the Clock Icons for the gadget Selector
Changed the ESPNews icon
Changed the "Get more gadgets" link to "Check for updates" for the sidebar

Update 1.3

Enhanced the gadget selector
Added the User Icon/System info gadget
Added the tray Icon to the Vista Sidebar InI for easier access
Added automatically changing names for all clocks (each is now configured to display the username, not my name)
The sidebar will now automatically place itself on the right side of your screen.

Update 1.2

Updated the glass graphics to be more realistic.
Added the Colbert Report and Daily Show gadgets to the Extras.
Added the Windows Media Player 11 Object for the Media Player (all versions).
Fixed a bug with the system clock that caused the 'Mouse Enter Config" Input Image functions to malfunction.

Update 1.1

Fixed and Updated the media player graphics
Added support for WinAMP and Windows Media Player
Added Word of the Day gadget
Added "Extras" selection into gadget selector (for future gadget releases)



--In order for the installation to complete successfully, you MUST close all running instances and configs, AND any open Samurize programs (configuration editor, instance manager, etc.)

--Make sure you have Serious Samurize 1.64.2 or above installed

--You must have the Windows Vista cleartype fonts (see link on deviantart) and included fonts installed ***


To install:

1. Double Click the Samurize Vista Sidebar 4 executable and extract the folders and files to your Samurize directory.

NOTE: The directory MUST be C:\Program Files\Samurize or the sidebar will NOT work. Double check to make sure each folder has been copied to the correct location.

2. When prompted, replace ANY config, plugin, image, or script with the one included with the sidebar to ensure that everything works properly.

3. Install the included and Vista system fonts (PowerPoint Viewer).

4. Place the halo2.wav file into your Samurize directory (Halo Countdown file).

5. Start the Instance Manager and under the 'Default' instance, click on the bottom left corner to edit. Select the "Vista Sidebar.ini."

6. Run the Default Instance.

7. At this point, you should be able to click the '+' (Add Gadgets) button.


*** To load any gadgets on startup, you must run the Instance Manager and next to each active instance, click edit and make sure "Run client on Startup" is checked. ***



--Most gadgets have a popup menu when you place your mouse over a gadget so that you may select a variation. Gadgets can also be customized using the configuration editor (Config.exe).

--To refresh the RSS (Sports and NY Times) you must click the 'more headlines' link.

--To configure the weather, open the Weather2004.ini in your Samurize>;plugins folder and edit the default code to your location and save. Make sure all weather instances are closed during this process.

--To use the media player with Windows Media Player 11, you must select the Samurize Info Plugin in WMP11 from 'View' > ';Plugins' > 'Other'

--When the recycle bin has files in it, you may notice some system performance degradation. The plugin creator has already been notified.

-If the Sticky Notes font appears jagged or if you prefer a cleaner look, try Notetaker.dll, part of the Plugin Pack at Samurize.com. It offers auto scrolling when typing and smoother fonts. It is not included here because for many, the existing textpad.dll is fine.


If you encounter any bugs, would like to request a gadget, or have any general comments, feel free to message me.



Clock, Calendar, Weather, CPU Meter, Launcher, RSS News, Sticky, and Slideshow based off of the Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista by Microsoft.

Date gadget based off of the 'Date' gadget by XCm_mCX.

Drive Info gadget based off of 'DriveInfo' by thompsonkris.

Battery gadget based off of 'Battery Monitor' by link8583.

Run gadget based off of 'Run' by Dima 2000

User Info gadget inspired from 'Aero Sidebar V2' by =ears1991.

Uptime gadget based off of 'Uptime Gadget' by Kristan-Kenney.

Multi-Meter gadget based off of 'Multi-Meter' by SFkilla.

Wifi and Battery Bar gadgets based off of 'iStat Battery' and 'iStat Wireless' by iSlayerDotCom

Calculator gadget based off of 'Vista Calculator' by miguelguedesalves.


Special Thanks to uziq, Spewed, KMDonlon, risk3, Adam C, and the rest of the gang over at Samurize.com for all their help and support.
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grindKerensky's avatar
grindKerenskyStudent Interface Designer









vrosa's avatar
Great job man !
xagron's avatar
is it possible to like double click on the slide show and the picture enlarges or opens?


for the iphone how would i add another list of apps. i have alot of shortcuts i want to add but wont fit

:) thx
ReDante's avatar
Hey,would it work on vista ? :\
khayahk's avatar
How do I replace ANY config, plugin, image, or script? And I can't find the .wav file. ><

Please help!! =)
rezagh's avatar
Thanks, took me a while to find the option but it is working nice now. Great software btw.
i'm kinda new to it but will try to learn it more. Dont understand what the server does really ?
Client and manager are more obvious to me.
rezagh's avatar
First let me say thank you for this awsome sidebar halfwayglad.

I recently changed from Vista to XP again since Vista was eating all my memory for breakfast.

anyway only thing i miss from vista was a nice sidebar and here i found your nice sidebar. I am very new to Samurize but i made it load and could add the + to open the widgets but one thing i can not do is to actually add the widgets into the sidebar!
is this suppose to work like that or can the widgets be added to the sidebar like vista?
Please help me on this.

All i can do now is to move on on the sidebar manually but this was the get behind the sidebar so i cant move the once i have droped them on the sidebar (widget just goes behind the sidebar so to say).

Hope to hear from you.
halfwayglad's avatar
You need to set the sidebar background to pin to desktop and move the gadgets manually. Samurize doesn't have the functionality to auto add them.
sfxman's avatar
Found how to make it stay after pressing show desktop, just added the pin to desktop (not the compatibility mode one...) to all active gadgets in the instance manager. Now it survives show desktop.

The only issue now is that the background of the Vista Sidebar is always on top when I press show desktop...
sfxman's avatar

Fantastic work!

However, my question is: is it in any way possible to get the gadgets to stay visible even though I press the "show desktop"-button in my quick launch bar?

Otherwise the gadgets don't very useful since if I have ~2-5 windows open I have to minimize each one separately to see my gadgets.

Another option is that they are always on top, but they slide out only when I put the cursor to the edge of the screen.

Any of these two possible using special docking settings, positioning settings, or whatever?

cristianX's avatar
Simplemente fantastico¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
Pero otra cosa:
Oye hay un archivo que se llama dialogue box.png que usas en todos tus gadgets, se que es algo inusual pero me podrías dar el psd de ese archivo, a mi me interesa ese efecto glass que no puedo sacar por ningun motivo en Photoshop, te agradecería un monton si me hicieras ese favor.
Obviamente no es para fines comerciales
Suicidebanana's avatar
Nice!! CPU 99% lmao
halfwayglad's avatar
Must be a glitch somewhere. This was made a while ago and I don't support it anymore.
watons's avatar
So nice gadgets...I love the gadgets...could u make a gadget pack for vista users?
halfwayglad's avatar
Don't have the time these days.
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sasukesgirl4eve Photographer
i'm guessing you have a comp thats like hp pavillon dv6000, and if thats so, how do i get a desktop screenshot? i've been trying to do it for about a good month or so. is there a specific button i'm sappoused to press?
halfwayglad's avatar
Hit the Print Screen button and then paste it into Photoshop or Paint.
sasukesgirl4eve's avatar
sasukesgirl4eve Photographer
cool, thank you! <3
Whoopedazz's avatar
I have troubles installing this on my xp. It cant find the .ini ... :(
chesterbenjngton's avatar

I love it!!! Your sidebar is great!!! TU SIDEBAR ES LA MEJOR!!! A great change since Sidebar 3, Really.

Downloading right now....
salmaniac's avatar
salmaniacStudent Digital Artist
this sidebar is awesome!!
a little query tough- I feel that the vista.ini background gadget is little dark and i would like it to decrease its opacity. can u tell me how do I go about it?
halfwayglad's avatar
You should be able to open the vista.ini in the Samurize config program and reduce the opacity there.
salmaniac's avatar
salmaniacStudent Digital Artist
reduced the alpha blending.
thanks :-)
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