Alternative to Object Dock – VAIO Gate [Windows Vista/7]

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If you notice the desktop in the new Sony VAIO laptop series with Windows 7, you’d notice the object-dock-like shortcut bar located at the top of the desktop (as the screenshot above). It is actually called VAIO Gate, which included in every new VAIO series computer by default and integrated well with the desktop. Unlike object dock, VAIO gate didn’t offer much functions besides act as a shortcuts bar, but it does look pretty nice and has a RSS feed shown when the bar is minimized (internet required).      

To download and install VAIO Gate in your Windows Vista and 7, head to shoguntx deviant art page to download it. (zip file, size 8.9MB)

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25 thoughts on “Alternative to Object Dock – VAIO Gate [Windows Vista/7]”

  1. Hi, I bought my laptop custom from Sony about 6 months ago. I can not figure out how to get the Vaio gate on there. Can you help?

      1. Hi,

        I think it is not possible to make VAIO Gate placed at the bottom of the desktop since it is designed to be on the top side. As an alternative, you can look for Object Dock or Rocket Dock.

        Rgds,
        Taylor

    1. Hi Maurice,

      If I understand you correctly, you asked that if it is legal to install the VAIO gate when you don’t have a VAIO laptop? I don’t see a real problem there unless you make money using it, other than that such as for home use, it should be not a problem.

      Rgds,
      Taylor

  2. Hi Ghost301. I’m working on a Windows Vista Home Premium, like my original OS (Sony Vaio VGN-CS320J). Some time ago, I had installed Win7 Ultimate, that possibilited me to install the dock. Some internal conflicts started to happen, and I’m using at the right moment my original OS (Vista Home Premium), as recommended by the technical assistance.

    I’m in love with the dock, and I need some help to use it again.

    when I try to install, appear as a error message: “The current OS version could not support VAIO Gate. Installation is stopped.”

    Please, help me

    1. Hi Allex,

      Unfortunately I couldn’t offer you any solution as I have never face that issue before. But I was thinking if you are using the original OS from factory, wouldn’t be the VAIO Gate is already installed?

      Rgds,
      Taylor

    1. Hi Dianne,

      Hmmm … I am not too sure but perhaps that Windows 7 Starter modifier conflicted with the VAIO gate. Is it possible to uninstall that app to verify if that’s the case? Or try looking the VAIO gate in your start menu, perhaps it is being closed, but still can be run manually. Let me know how’s the outcome.

      Rgds,
      Taylor

  3. I just got a new VAIO, and saw the dock for the first time. None of my other VAIOS have had it. I’ve been using Objectdock for years, and haven’t decided if I’m going to stick with it or use the VAIO dock.

    I notice that one of the “stock” icons (the green cube on the left in the default dock) brings up a second row of icons below, for SONY software, instead of opening a program. This means that it somehow has special properties and is more like a folder than an icon. Does anyone know how to do this with icons that we add ourselves? I would like to have an “internet” icon that brings up a second row of internet-related applications and a “media” icon that brings up a second row of photo and music tools. Anyone done this or know if it can be done? I’m assuming that since SONY did it somehow that it is possible.

    Any ideas?

    1. Hi,

      For me no idea, as I am not using it for quite some time. And since it is an official dock from Sony, I don’t think it will be easily modifiable.

      Rgds,
      Taylor

  4. Silly question and I probably overlooking it, but how do I make it so that it doesn’t show up in front of open windows?

    I just updated it and now it comes up in front of everything, and is really annoying when I’m trying to close tabs and stuff

    1. Hi,

      I just tried it again. The best thing you can do is make it hidden instead of minimize (accessible from the toolbox icon at the far right), but still it can accidentally pop out if the mouse cursor is near enough.

      Rgds,
      Taylor

  5. Hi ghost i wanna ask you something.
    first thank you for give me know about that vaio gate.
    second is i have a problem with that gate i hide it and now i can unhide it again im hovering my cursor on top of screen but nnothing happen please help me.

    thank you.

    1. Hi,

      May I know how do you hide it? By default, the VAIO Gate should have a visible area where you can hover your mouse and make the bar to appear. If you have chosen the ‘Hidden’ option in the Settings, you will not see the notification area, but hovering your mouse to the top should make it re-appear. If it is still not re-appear, probably you have close it?

      Rgds,
      Taylor

  6. I’m finding the way that when I click on the shortcut it’ll open the current windows not a new windows instead!

  7. Hey, i just bought new vaio e series but i got some problem with the vaio gate. When i open it. it just empty nothing in there. i’ve already try to drag the icons but it doesn’t work.. please help me to solve this problem. Thank you.

    1. Hi,

      If you just bought it, probably you can bring back to the dealer and have it solved. Or else, you can try the installer in the post and see if it helps.

      Rgds,
      Taylor

  8. Hi all friends,

    I would like to ask you one question, Can I install the Vaio gate on Win 7 on my laptop Dell? Because I like this app so much.

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