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Disable Windows Vista Sidebar at Startup

By default, Windows Vista displays a sidebar in your desktop that is populated with different gadgets. Gadgets include RSS reader, Windows Clock, Puzzles etc. Users can add/remove various gadgets in this space.

This Windows Sidebar is loaded when Windows starts, which considerably slows down your system.

You can disable this sidebar quite easily with a few steps.

1. Right-click the Windows Sidebar icon in the System Tray ( Image below; 3rd icon from left) and Click Properties.
Another way to access Windows Sidebar is by navigating to Start >> Programs >> Accessories >> Windows Sidebar.

2. The Windows Sidebar Properties box is shown (Image below).
Uncheck Start Sidebar when Windows starts. Click Ok or Apply.

That's all you need to do.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, March 15, 2007