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W8 Sidebar 2.5.1

A feature-packed desktop gadget

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 23 June 2014
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W8 Sidebar 2.5.1
A feature-packed desktop gadget

W8 Sidebar is an all-in-one desktop gadget with a surprising number of features.

A system monitor displays your CPU and RAM usage, free hard drive space and upload/ download speeds, all on the same screen. Icons next to each section link to related areas, so the RAM monitor opens Task Manager, while clicking a drive icon opens that drive in Explorer.

A simple scheduler automatically runs a program or opens a URL at the time of your choosing. This is very basic - your task can only be triggered once a day - but it may still be useful.

A "Computer Performance" section lists various system stats (last shutdown time, last logon time etc). It also details your installed applications and Windows startup programs, and provides tools to uninstall or disable them, as well as viewing their details in Registry Editor.

A basic search tool quickly locates files by their name (not content). A Cleaner is more capable, helping you to locate and delete junk files and Registry keys in a click or two.

There are icons to shut down or restart your PC, log off, hibernate or sleep with a click, while an Auto Shutdown tool does the same at a specified time or interval.

Your system uptime is also on display. A "Prevent Sleep" button ensures your monitor and computer will stay available, and there are one or two configuration options to help you get everything working (like the network adapter you're monitoring for upload/ download speeds).

Verdict:

Its individual modules are capable, but nothing special, and you can't choose which you'd like to display (you can't hide the hard drive monitor, for example). Still, there are a lot of tools here, and if you need a simple CPU or network monitor then W8 Sidebar does give you plenty of extras to explore.

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