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Windows 7: Sidebar.exe will not launch


04 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Sidebar.exe will not launch

Freaky. I know.

When I right-click the desktop and click "Gadgets," it returns me this obtuse message:
Name:  Gadget1.JPG
Views: 19
Size:  23.4 KB

If I go directly to the EXE in Program Files (x86), I get this surprising error:
Sidebar.exe will not launch-gadget2.jpg

Likewise, the EXE in Program Files:
Sidebar.exe will not launch-gadget3.jpg

I don't know what could have caused this at all. I had a Dell technician control my computer yesterday; I wasn't terribly attentive. I particularly remember he deleted the contents of the Temp folder.

I tried sfc /scannow which found lots of errors in the the Sidebar and Gadgets from my view of the CBS.log; I tried resetting whatever Regsvr32 resets of the Sidebar.exe files; I also tried disabling/re-enabling "Windows Gadget Platform" in the Windows Features Turn On-Turn Off section = nothing. Same errors.

Any ideas what could be causing this confusing problem?

Thanks,

~Ibrahim~



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07 May 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Did the SFC scan say there were errors that could not be corrected? You may have to run the SFC several times. Is the only problem you are having the gadget problem? It sounds like the path for sidebar.exe is missing or changed somehow. You did say you tried to reregister the file?

Try this:

Start> In search box type cmd> Right click on cmd.exe in results above and when the command prompt opens, type the following, pressing enter after each:

Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll"

Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll"

Regsvr32 atl.dll

Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll"

Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll"

Reboot the PC and see if this fixes the problem.

A Guy
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09 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

@A Guy

Right; I have tried that. I tried it again: no luck.

SFC: hmm..I do not remember the exact wording, but it found some problems that I think it was able to fix. Yes, this is seemingly the only problem I'm having, though I haven't completely tested my entire system. Most of the diagnostic scans (anti-virus, anti-spyware, Windows' built-in ones) have reported no other problems.

EDIT: OK, I just ran it again. This time: "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations." However, right, Sidebar still will not launch.

Hmm...it does sound like the path is missing. But, how can that be if I see the actual .EXE file and try to open it?

~Ibrahim~
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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17 May 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Sorry, missed your reply. I'd suggest creating a new user, and see if the problem persists there.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-accounts.html

If it works there, you can transfer everything to the new user. I'm thinking a repair install may be easier in the long run. You have already restored original system files, so the OS itself may need repair.

Repair Install

A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

@A Guy

No worries; it's all good.

I made a new account; still present.

I was actually just thinking that, too: to run a repair installation. I looked at the guide, but I only have the OEM disk Dell gave. I called them up and they were, unfortunately, unable to help. I have, however, run a repair installation off this disk during a technical support call to Microsoft about SP1. It is possible with the standard disk, I'm almost sure....

I think it will be the easiest and simplest solution.

Thank you for your help; I appreciated it!

~Ibrahim~
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

For anyone who had the same problem, an update:

It was spyware. SUPERAntiSpyware was the only program that could remove it. However, it came back the next day.

I just said screw it and did a clean install. Gadgets working perfectly for a week now.

~Ibrahim~
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11 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Sidebar.exe

Can anyone help me to get Windows 7 Home Premium to open?
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11 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Sidebar.exe

Is a system restore to an earlier point my safest bet to solve issues with Gadgets opening and possible regisrty probs?
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