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22 May 2011  

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)

I guess none of that worked for you.

To prevent sidebar from starting you can tick it off under Logon tab in Autoruns for Windows utility by Microsoft/Sysinternals.
Autoruns for Windows

Also you can use method three, four or five from here
Startup Programs - Change

You can also go to Control Panel - Programs and Features - Turn Windows features on or off - And uninstall Windows Gadget Platform.

But before getting rid of Sidebar that you can try to backup this thread in the Registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\

After backup, delete that Zones folder and reboot.

I had problems with Gadgets after installing IE9 and deleting Zones fixed that (after reboot Windows will recreate zones in the way they should be).

Sidebar.exe itself is in here:
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\
but it is protected by trusted installer, but you can change owner.
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