Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sidebar working nicely on Windows Server 2008

I've been running with Windows Server 2008 as my primary desktop OS now for a few weeks and one of the things that I had not got to work was Sidebar.  I found several blog posts on the net where people claim to have it working but following their steps always resulted in failure.

More specifically running sidebar would show the icon in the system tray but the app would immediately exit.  Turns out that I needed on extra step.  So, without further delay, here are the steps I did to get sidebar working in Windows Server 2008 x64.

  1. Copy the Windows Sidebar folder from c:\Program Files on a Vista x64 SP1 installation to your Win2k8 install.
  2. From an administrator console run:
    regsvr32 sbdrop.dll
    regsvr32 wlsrvc.dll
  3. From that same console run:
    sidebar /RegServer
  4. Move the Sidebar registry information from a working Vista SP1 x64 install.  You can find it at HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/SideBar.
  5. Run sidebar!

Here's a screenie showing it working on my setup.

sidebar

109 comments:

  1. Is this for Windows Server 2008 64bit or 32bit?
    I am running 32bit - would I need to get the registry entries from a 32bit Vista install?

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  2. please can someone send me the files required for 64 bit version of sidebar and the required registry entries as i can only find the 32bit editions

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  3. Just tried this on a 32bits win2k8 server with the registry settings from a 64bits vista, works like a charm.

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  4. Thanks! What about the Snipping Tool? Got that working also?

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  5. ok, sidebar working like a charm. but what about tv tuner support on server. do you know how to get my tv tuner loading on server 2008. it works fine on vista
    thanks!

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  6. I get an App Crash instantly after starting. I run 2k8 32bit and copied the sidebar and reg from a 32bit Vista.

    roblem signature:
    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: sidebar.exe
    Application Version: 6.0.6001.18000
    Application Timestamp: 4791952a
    Fault Module Name: StackHash_0275
    Fault Module Version: 6.0.6001.17051
    Fault Module Timestamp: 47454860
    Exception Code: c0000374
    Exception Offset: 000b00b8
    OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.274.10
    Locale ID: 1031
    Additional Information 1: 0275
    Additional Information 2: cdff3720a18c6cc1c6eee32a403e501d
    Additional Information 3: 4ffa
    Additional Information 4: 4ebfa8abdd97e1325ea5f6a69c12a15a

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  7. *EDIT*


    how do you transfer the registry information? i have a 32bit version of vindows vista and i need the sidebar for server! please help! it would be greatly apperciated

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  8. how do you transfer the registry information? i have a 32bit version of vindows vista and i need the sidebar for server?? please help! it would be greatly apperciated

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  9. Having no Vista SP1 32bit installs around, where might I find the requisite folder's contents?

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  10. I have this installed, it is great... only 1 issue, how do you get the color of the sidebar to change & be opace?

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  11. I tested your instructions on Windows Server 2008 32 bit and it worked! Thanks.

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  12. Ehh, It's fun and all, but it does drag the system reflex down a bit and often the links crash explorer.

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  13. Steps worked fine for me, but only after I copied the values from Wow6432Node...

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  16. I copied the values from Wow6432Node... hehehe

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  19. Does this step only working with 64bit only?

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  20. This looks really easy to follow, thanks I will pass this onto my wife how is having issues at work with this. Brownie points for me. Thanks!!!

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    great tip! I was contemplating on testing windows 2008. This might come in handy.

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  35. For years I've been working with windows server editions as my main development environments, the reasons are plenty and among of them you can find the stability and the lose of useless services at workstations versions.

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  36. Thank you! I was wondering why I couldn't get it working. Registry entry was it.

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