W8 Sidebar is a lightweight tool that acts as a desktop gadget for Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7 systems.
Windows gadgets was introduced in Windows Vista and later these candy desktop additions were abandoned by Microsoft after discovering that these gadgets can be used to execute code remotely and this can compromise Windows systems. In Windows 10 & 8, these gadgets are replaced with modern live tiles and apps
But, W8 Sidebar is secure and safe as it’s a standalone program and not a gadget. If you are a fan of windows gadgets then W8 Sidebar program is for you.This is a light weight tool (just 2 MB) and offers useful components that can be accessed right from your desktop.
The program will show information about your CPU, RAM, hard drive usage, network upload and download speed along with your IP address. When you click the CPU picture it will launch resource monitor, where as clicking on RAM will launch task manager and you can use the hard disk partitions by clicking the drive name/letter that you wish to access.
Furthermore using this portable tool you can search for files very quickly ( for this first you need to create a database), remove junk files, history, cookies and other temporary files on your Windows system.
The main highlight of the program is it offers task scheduler (reminder) and PC shutdown scheduler. Using task scheduler (reminder) option you can set reminder for around 10 different tasks and schedule to launch a program on particular date & time.
The Auto shutdown functions lets you shutdown or restart, or hibernate or sleep your PC at particular time, just enter the time and click on ‘Set timer’ button. If you want to run this program when windows startup, enable ‘Elevated Rights’ under settings of this program.
To end, W8 Sidebar adds a nice sidebar to your windows 10 desktop and offers handy features, the tool suits only windows gadgets fans.