Add the Vista Style Sidebar Back to Windows 7
Copy Files from Vista
Note: In this example we are using 32-bit versions of Vista and Windows 7. Make sure you are logged in with Administrator credentials.
If you have a Vista machine running, we can copy the Windows Sidebar files over to the Windows 7 machine. On the Vista machine navigate to C:\Program Files and copy the Windows Sidebar folder and all of its contents over to a flash drive or network location.
On the Windows 7 machine go to C:\Program Files and rename the Windows Sidebar folder to something like Windows Sidebar_old.
Now copy the Vista Windows Sidebar folder into C:\Program Files.
Now you will have both folders…Windows Sidebar and Windows Sidebar_old in your C:\Program Files folder.
Right-click on the desktop and select Gadgets.
The Original Vista Sidebar is back and will act as it did in Vista.