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Windows 7: 32-bit Sidebar.exe shows no gadgets; 64-bit fine

10 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
32-bit Sidebar.exe shows no gadgets; 64-bit fine


I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit; I'm having some trouble with my gadgets. I need to run the 32-bit version of the Sidebar for Flash to work. For the past few days, however, launching the 32-bit Sidebar leaves me with no gadgets (even though the \Program Files (x86)\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets folder has all the standard gadgets in it). However, the 64-bit version of the Sidebar displays all the gadgets perfectly.

32-bit Sidebar.exe gallery:

64-bit Sidebar.exe gallery:

I have attempted SFC /scannow, lots of Regsvr32 "stuff", uninstalling and reinstalling the Sidebar, turning off/on UAC (it's normally at the second to last position), deleting the "settings.ini" in the Gadgets' folder, nada.

Any ideas what happened and what to do to fix it?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2011   #2

windows 7 home premium 32 bit

Help! I have exactly the same problem, have you found a solution yet?!!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

32-bit Sidebar.exe shows no gadgets&#59; 64-bit Sidebar.exe works - Microsoft Answers

He/she posted that thread on the Microsoft Forums too.

Try a System Restore that's how he/she fixed it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2011   #4

windows 7 home premium 32 bit

Ok thank you. But my problem is that my last system restore date is after the problem with the gadgets occurred. Is this a problem, or will a system restore to any date fix the problem?

Many thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2012   #5
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums Rower1978. A system restore point after the gadgets stopped displaying will not help.

Have you run the System File Checker?

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Just a thought. Open regedit and navigate to:


Make sure there is a listing for

C:\program files (x86)\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autorun

If the entry is not there you can create a new one and see if that helps.

If no help, then a repair install should fix this, although you'll have to enable the 32 bit sidebar again.

Repair Install

A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 32-bit Sidebar.exe shows no gadgets; 64-bit fine

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