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01 Nov 2010  

Dual Boot of WinXP Pro SP3 & Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Gadgets in Windows 7 Sidebar not displayed correctly

My Win7 64bit sidebar gadgets are displaying themselves as either a white block or in the case of the clock it is only displaying the second hand on a black background.

I found this solution for Vista, would it also work for Win7 without screwing things up?:

Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly - Vista Forums


When I open Windows Sidebar, the clock gadget is displayed as a black square. All other gadgets show up as white rectangles with one of those information (i) icons and a plus sign. The settings button next to the gadget does not work, but the x to close does. Here is a screenshot:


This behavior is observed if the XML registration is missing in the system. To fix the problem, use the following steps:
  • Close Windows Sidebar. To do so, right-click on the Sidebar icon in the Notification area and click Exit
  • Open an elevated Command Prompt window. To do so, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the following and press ENTER:
regsvr32 msxml3.dll
Similarly, run these commands:
regsvr32 scrrun.dll
regsvr32 jscript.dll
If the registration was successful, you'll see the message DllRegisterServer in <filename> succeeded for each command executed. Open Windows Sidebar (sidebar.exe) and check if the problem is resolved.
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