If you have upgraded to Vista, one of the more noticeable immediate changes is the addition of the desktop components which allows you to view an analog clock, RSS feeds, weather, etc. While this ships with Vista, Windows 2000 and XP users can get a similar tool via the free Desktop Sidebar program.

This tool allows you add many of the same components available in Vista plus more, including:

  • Search
  • Media Player / WinAmp Controls
  • Performance Monitors
  • Inbox
  • Todo List

I have really found the Vista component useful, so I have no doubt this tool will be a good edition to 2000/XP installation.