Vista Drive Status: Get Windows Vista and 7 Drive Status Bar in Windows XP Explorer

We all know that Windows Vista and 7 show small status bar below the drives in Windows Explorer. If you are still on XP and want to get the same functionality, here is an interesting and free utility for you.

The utility is called "Vista Drive Status" developed by "elektrownik". The utility is also mentioned in our XP to Vista and XP to 7 tutorials.

Following is a screenshot of this utility in action:

You just need to download it using following link, extract the Zip file and run the "vsdrv.exe" file. That's it. It'll automatically add the status bar below drive icons in XP Explorer.

Download Link

If you want to remove the drive status bar, simply run "uninstall.cmd" file present in the same folder.


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  • for those who this doesn't work :-

    1)use administrative rights...

    2) just extract the zip file and then move it to "%windir%\program files "
    where %windir% is the drive on which your xp is installed.!! enjoy.!!

    And nice work VG.!!

  • Every time I click on the .exe file it gives me nothing. Please fix.
    PS I am a computer pro so this is rare i can not get a program to work right. I have tried a lot of things to try to get it to work.

  • VG

    ^^ Its not showing any process because it has been designed to do so. Check My Computer window and you'll get new Windows Vista and 7 style drive icons. :)

  • VG

    ^^ Did you check drive icons in My Computer window after running it? It should change those icons automatically.

  • its not working...nothing happens when i double click on vsdrv

  • its shows unable to open the script file...

  • when i try to run vsdrv file it shows unable to open script file

  • hi, i wanna thank you for the great work you do
    greetings from mexico

    about the problem!

    how to fix it here the solution...

    first unzip the file and rename de folder "Vista Drive Status" to "Vista_Drive" without the quotes and put in C:\ and execute the .exe and that it...
    remember you dont have to delete the folder and must keep this structure the folders

    en espaƱol

    para arreglar el problema, descomprimes el archivo y renombras la carpeta "Vista Drive Status" a "Vista_Drive" sin las comillas y la mueves al disco c:\ y ejecutas el archivo .exe y listo ya esta....
    Recuerda no tienes que borrar la carpeta a y tiene que mantener esta estructura la carpeta

    well that everything... thanks again VG

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks for the fix. I have reuploaded the software and removed the white spaces in folder names. :)

  • er, okay, placing the files under c directly makes it work. yay! but weird that it wont work on other folders, like my documents folder, under another folder 'downloads'! thanks anyway

  • hey vishal...the file has trojan virus in it and so it's quarantied by my antivirus and i can't open it please check...

  • VG

    ^^ Its a false positive, ignore that message. The utility is absolutely fine.

  • Hi Vishal, i have a problem. I wanted to uinstall it, but when i uinstall and log off or restart new icons return. Help?

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • When i download zip file of vista drive status for xp sp2 and run vsdrv.exe an error message is displayed that "Cannot execute "C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\Rar$EX01.734\Windows_Vista_and_7_Drive_Status_Bar_for_XP\Vista_Drive_Status\vsdrv.exe"

  • VG

    ^^ First extract the ZIP file and then run the EXE file from extracted folder. It seems currently you are trying to directly run EXE file inside the ZIP file.

  • I want that this setup install auto when i install winXP

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