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Windows 7: Lost many gadgets - want to retrieve them

16 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Lost many gadgets - want to retrieve them

Something happened to my desktop. My Icons got moved around and I lost my Gadgets. Of course I have a backup and I had a lot of Gadgets that I'd hate to reinstall. There are time zones and weather for many countries. Any idea how to retrieve them? Thanks......

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16 Aug 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

The first thing that I would try is System Restore.
System Restore
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16 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quickest response would be can you do a System Restore to before this occurred?

With regards the Desktop icons moving about, for future reference I can recommend Jamie O'Connell's
Desktop Icon Save and Restore to manage the layout you've chosen on your desktop.

Quote:
After installation, three new items are available in the desktop context menu (right-click menu): Save Desktop… , Restore Desktop and Custom Save and Restore…
This is working fine on my 64 bit System.
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16 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Can't use System Restore. Too many other things would change. I have a backup - if only I knew what to restore. There must be a way.
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16 Aug 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

System Restore does not change personal documents, picutres etc. Just Windows.
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16 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

I have installed a number of programs that I don't want to lose. I have a backup and there has to be a way to use that backup to restore my Gadgets. Thanks........
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16 Aug 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Nisko,

It depends on what type of backup you have.

System image backup:
System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

File Backup:
Restore Backup User and System Files


You would copy the entire gadget folder from the backup back into the same location below.


For 64-bit Windows 7
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets

and

C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Sidebar\Shared Gadgets


For 32-bit Windows 7
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets

and

C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Shared Gadgets


Lost many gadgets - want to retrieve them-example.jpg

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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16 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks - but one thing isn't clear: I have a complete incremental backup of my entire system - by file. Do I use the procedure you described?

Also, in the Gadgets folder, Gadgets are listed which I don't use. What do I do with them?

I looked in my file backup and there ARE Gadgets which I don't use (but used to use). What tells Windows 7 which Gadgets to use and where to put them on the Desktop? Thanks.
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17 Aug 2010   #9

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

I have done this many times.
All you have to do is
kill sidebar.exe in taskmanager
Go to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar
Delete Settings.ini
Restore the Settings.ini from your back to that sidebar folder.
Restart sidebar.exe from program files
All your settings and positions should be restored.
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17 Aug 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nisko View Post
Thanks - but one thing isn't clear: I have a complete incremental backup of my entire system - by file. Do I use the procedure you described?

Also, in the Gadgets folder, Gadgets are listed which I don't use. What do I do with them?

I looked in my file backup and there ARE Gadgets which I don't use (but used to use). What tells Windows 7 which Gadgets to use and where to put them on the Desktop? Thanks.
Copying the entire gadget folder folder from your backup, as in the screenshot above, back into your new installation is the same as installing them. Afterwards, you would just need to add the gadget to the desktop just as before.

If you have the gadget installation file, you might as well just reinstall it though instead of digging through backups to copy it back. It would be easier.
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