Question 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: Answer
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:
Similarly, run these commands:
If the registration was successful, you'll see the message DllRegisterServer in <filename> succeeded
for each command executed. Open Windows Sidebar
) and check if the problem is resolved.