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Windows 7: No Sidebar or Gadgets on Windows 7 Pro

05 Aug 2010   #1
Dayn

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
No Sidebar or Gadgets on Windows 7 Pro

I don't have the Sidebar or Gadgets on on my desktop. When I enter 'sidebar or gadget' in the start window. both come up. (This was step 1 from several Google searches on restoring Sidebar and Gadgets) When I click either sidebar or gadgets in the search. A popup tells me these changes can only be made by a sys admin. I'm the only user of my computer, and the account has admin privileges. The only other things plugged into the router are Xbox360 and a Playstation 3.
HELP!......


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05 Aug 2010   #2
derekimo

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See if this helps, they might be turned off in features,

Windows Features - Turn On or Off
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05 Aug 2010   #3
Dayn

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks, but Windows Gadget Platform is enabled/checked.
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05 Aug 2010   #4
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

When I click the first thing that pops up while typing "gadget" it works fine for me. Have you tired doing it in control panel first?
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05 Aug 2010   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dayn View Post
Thanks, but Windows Gadget Platform is enabled/checked.


Try turning if OFF. Power down computer. Then Power on computer.

Then enable Gadget Platform.
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05 Aug 2010   #6
Dayn

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

OK, When I go to the control panel and select Desktop Gadgets I get the same error message.
"DESKTOP GADGETS ARE MANAGED BY YOUR SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR"
I did go to Windows features and unchecked the Gadgets box, rebooted, turned Gadgets back on, rebooted and this had no effect. (Still no sidebar or gadgets)
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05 Aug 2010   #7
derekimo

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Do you have UAC turned off?
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05 Aug 2010   #8
Dayn

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Nope, it's set to 'notify me when programs try to make changes' I think that may be the factory default.
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05 Aug 2010   #9
derekimo

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05 Aug 2010   #10
Dayn

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

See if this fixes it,

Gadgets - Allow or Prevent User Installed Gadgets

Tried both the registry hack and also the UAC settings (which already had gadgets turned on). Rebooted for each change, with no luck.
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