After having concocted you some time ago a best of Vista widgets, here’s a new, newer and more complete selection that will restore vitality to your sidebar. On the menu, clocks, calendars, monitoring (memory, processor, hard disk), multimedia... what to find your happiness among this rich and diverse compilation!
Clocks and calendars
#1 — Rolex Oyster Perpetual
A clock that looks like a Rolex or how to lose it when you can't afford it! With the same functionality as the default clock (trotter, time zones, name), this clock will give a side hype at your Windows desktop.
#2 — Vista Orb Clock
No less than 12 skins make up this set of clocks whose theme is... Vista:
Monitoring (RAM, processor, hard disk, WIFI)
Looking for powerful and accurate gadgets to measure the amount of RAM used, the usage rate of your different processors,... then this section is made for you!
#3 — Quad/Dual Core Usage
As its name suggests, this widget is able to display the percentage of use of your multiple processors — double heart and quad heart being honored.In addition to providing customizable graphical evolution, it is also able to display the temperature of different cores if you have installed a Speedfan, Everest, etc.
A must in its category!
#4 — Memory Usage
From the same author as previously, Memory Usage allows to monitor the amount of RAM available. Several skins are also available as well as different graphic display modes.
#5 — NVIDIA GPU Temp
Want to know the temperature of your graphics card? Here is the solution with this newly updated widget working with all the nVidia cards.
#6 — Network Traffic
Monitor effectively and simply the state of network traffic.
#7 — HDD Monitor
In the same style as previous ones but for your different scores.
#8 — Desktop Wallpaper
Based on the native-provided Slideshow widget, Desktop Wallpaper adds the ability to do the same for your wallpapers.
#9 — Continuum MSN Messenger
This widget allows you to launch a Windows Live Messenger session autonomously! With a clean interface and no ads, you will certainly be seduced by the latter, especially as it fits perfectly into the sidebar or on the desktop.
To try urgently!
N.B. : the link is at the bottom of the page.
#10 — iTunes Accessory
An excellent widget that will allow you to display the Apple signed media player in the Windows pane. Several skins are available (iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc.) and album jackets are displayed when playing. In addition, classic playback commands are available.
#11 — Imp’s Player
A widget replacing Windows Media Player with all basic functions as well as support for album covers. A mini-mode when no jacket or viewing is displayed and the drag/drop support is also in the part.
#12 — volume Control
As you can guess, Volume Control allows you to adjust the sound volume using the mouse wheel via a simple pass over it. As far as personalisation is concerned, dozens of skins are offered, something to satisfy the most demanding. It is also possible to access the Windows Volume Mix by double-clicking on the gadget.
Web search tools
#13 — Google Search
A simple search field that allows you to launch Google searches from the sidebar. We will note the compatibility with Firefox and its speed of query execution.
#14 — eBay.fr Search France
Search products on eBay.fr via this stylish and compatible Firefox 3 gadget.
#15— UEFA Inform
If there are fans of the round ball among you then this widget is absolutely indispensable for you. It allows you to track the results of the matches, the evolution of the various competitions (Euro2008, Champions League, etc.) as well as the countries of your choice.
For amateurs and enthusiasts... that’s a big percentage of the world’s population!
#16 — App Launcher
Fully customizable, App Launcher lightly replaces the quick launch bar of the taskbar. Add icons from your favorite apps as well as files, folders, etc. Many skins are also available.
There are many options that deserve the detour but would require a full article to review them all. So I suggest you discover them personally.
#17 — Calculatorium
A very powerful calculator allowing the creation of variables (x, y, for example) and the creation of personal functions. Calculatorium will easily replace the good old Windows calculator.
To reserve for maths so!
#18 — shutdown Restart Gadget
Turn off or restart your PC with one click!
#19 — Weather Bug
To know the weather forecast in one click!
- OrbLog : an excellent German blog with excellent widgets for Vista, probably the best of its kind;
- Windows Live Gallery : the official website of Vista widgets;
- Gadget Vista : a French alternative;
- DeviantArt : the Infographers’ Portal;
And you friends readers, which widgets would deserve to be included in this list? What are your favorites?