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Is there anyway to add Sidebar Gadgets to Vista, maybe intergrated or through AutoUnattended XML, i know in WSIM you can add sidebar stuff, i chose this but don't know where to place the gadgets i want to have running when Vista is installed..

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Hi,

Some info that might help you further ;)

Downloaded gadgets can be found here:

%userprofile%AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\*

Your current Gadget configuration can be found here:

%userprofile%AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Settings.ini

For your unattended project:

You can place gadgets in (will be available for all users):

install.wim > program files\windows sidebar\shared gadgets\

To get your custom settings you can use your autounattend.xml or you can make a SFX of your settings.ini.

I use a SFX file with the following parameters:

;The comment below contains SFX script commands

Path=%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar

SavePath

Silent=1

Overwrite=1

WAIK Help file ;)

Microsoft-Windows-SidebarThe Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar component contains settings for displaying gadgets in a bar that can be located on the right or left edges of the screen. A user can add a gadget to Sidebar by opening the Gadget Picker and selecting from a series of installed gadgets. If the user double-clicks the gadget, it is automatically added to the bar.

Gadgets one through three are pre-set by Microsoft. Corporations may replace these gadgets, or set them to false to hide them.

In This Section

Gadget1

Specifies a gadget that shows a slide show that previews your pictures.

Gadget2

Specifies a gadget that shows a clock.

Gadget3

Specifies a gadget that shows a viewer with headlines from multiple Internet feeds.

Gadget4

Specifies an OEM or corporation-defined gadget.

Gadget5

Specifies an OEM or corporation-defined gadget.

SidebarOnByDefault

Specifies whether Sidebar is on by default.

SidebarVisible

Specifies whether Sidebar is visible.

GR

HJW

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example

<settings pass="oobeSystem">

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<Gadget1>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Notes.Gadget,true</Gadget1>
<Gadget2>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Calender.gadget,true</Gadget2>
<Gadget3>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Clock.Gadget,true</Gadget3>
</component>

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Hi,

Some info that might help you further ;)

Downloaded gadgets can be found here:

%userprofile%AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\*

Your current Gadget configuration can be found here:

%userprofile%AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Settings.ini

For your unattended project:

You can place gadgets in (will be available for all users):

install.wim > program files\windows sidebar\shared gadgets\

Thanks that helps alot.. i figured some stuf out but was putting the gadgets in the wrong folder...

I mounted install.wim then placed them in Administrator\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\

and they didn't show up, they never installed, but i will try

program files\windows sidebar\shared gadgets\

Thanks...

example

<settings pass="oobeSystem">

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<Gadget1>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Notes.Gadget,true</Gadget1>
<Gadget2>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Calender.gadget,true</Gadget2>
<Gadget3>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Clock.Gadget,true</Gadget3>
</component>

I found this ... i may point it to the shared gadgets folder... thanks

BTW. if anyone wants to know you can extract the gadgets with Winrar... :)

Edited by tonycrew
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<settings pass="oobeSystem">

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<Gadget1>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Notes.Gadget,true</Gadget1>
<Gadget2>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Calender.gadget,true</Gadget2>
<Gadget3>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Clock.Gadget,true</Gadget3>
</component>

Doesnt work with the XML

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This is mine taken directly from a working xml. Have you removed something in VLite maybe?

</component>

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">

<SidebarOnByDefault>false</SidebarOnByDefault>

<Gadget1>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\SlideShow.gadget,true</Gadget1>

<Gadget3>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Calendar.gadget,true</Gadget3>

<Gadget5>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\RSS.Gadget,false</Gadget5>

<Gadget4>%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\PicturePuzzle.gadget,true</Gadget4>

</component>

All good.

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  • 1 year later...

I've always did that and it has been working, but i just found out that i have 3 sidebar.exe processes. If i don't use the shared gadgets location (leaving default gadgets and sidebar untouched) windows sidebar runs normally with just one process.

Anyone has experienced this?

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