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Windows 7: gadgets has stopped working (tough one)

10 Sep 2009   #1
mysticalice

 
 
gadgets has stopped working (tough one)

Hi
I'm having the same issue as this guy:
http://www.sevenforums.com/software/...d-working.html

however, i'm stumped on how to fix it. this problem occured after i downloaded a webcam gadget from microsoft's gadget site, and i don't know how to fix it

tried resetting to defaults, but like the guy in the thread, i get the same error.

i went to device manager, and uninstalled the webcam. anyone have any ideas what i can do to get my gadgets back?


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10 Sep 2009   #2
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

After you uninstalled the webcam, did you reboot?

What exactly is happening with the gadgets, are none/or some of them showing at all?

Have you made sure that Show Desktop Gadgets under View on the right click context menu is checked?

If it is, have you looked with the task manager to see if sidebar.exe is running under the Processes tab?

You can also go to Programs and Features - Turn Windows features on and off -Windows gadget Platform. Un check that, reboot, let it configure for a bit, after it does, go back to it and re enable it. Try the gadgets.
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10 Sep 2009   #3
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mysticalice View Post
Hi
I'm having the same issue as this guy:
http://www.sevenforums.com/software/...d-working.html

however, i'm stumped on how to fix it. this problem occured after i downloaded a webcam gadget from microsoft's gadget site, and i don't know how to fix it

tried resetting to defaults, but like the guy in the thread, i get the same error.

i went to device manager, and uninstalled the webcam. anyone have any ideas what i can do to get my gadgets back?
What Windows 7 Build? RC1? RTM?
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10 Sep 2009   #4
mysticalice

 
 

windows 7 professional

Quote:
After you uninstalled the webcam, did you reboot?
yes

What exactly is happening with the gadgets, are none/or some of them showing at all?
see the link i made in my first post

Have you made sure that Show Desktop Gadgets under View on the right click context menu is checked?
irrelevant since they weren't working at all

If it is, have you looked with the task manager to see if sidebar.exe is running under the Processes tab?
sidebar.exe doesn't run - see link in first post

You can also go to Programs and Features - Turn Windows features on and off -Windows gadget Platform. Un check that, reboot, let it configure for a bit, after it does, go back to it and re enable it. Try the gadgets
yeah i tried that before, but no-go
Here was the solution, in case someone searches for it:

Go to the the userdata, appdata\local\microsoft\windows sidebar\gadgets\ and removed the camera application.
restarted gadgets and they worked just fine
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10 Sep 2009   #5
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Glad you found the solution.

But the sidebar.exe process does run in Windows 7. No sidebar itself, but the process still exists, and if you uncheck the Show Desktop Gadgets it will terminate the process, thus closing any gadgets.
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10 Sep 2009   #6
mysticalice

 
 

sidebar.exe wasn't running for me though; and every time i tried running it, it would error out
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18 Feb 2010   #7
viper4266

Windows 7
 
 

sorry to ressurect this. But I am having problerms with my gadgets (see:Desktop gadgets disappeared)

And I have no sidebar.exe anywhere on the computer as far as I can tell. It is not running in the processes at all either.

Also, how does one get to: userdata, appdata\local\microsoft\windows sidebar\gadgets\?
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21 Apr 2010   #8
Deanos

 
 

Just thought I would add my 2c worth here!!!

I had the same problem now now...

4 of the 5 gadgets were showing and right clicking and trying to open the gadget window did nothing!

I also have UAC disabled!

I got it working again, here is how:

Right click on the desktop
Select VIEW, then uncheck VIEW DESKTOP GADGETS
They will or should disappear

Then simply just recheck it and VOILA! Everything worked fine again!!!

Good luck!
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02 May 2010   #9
matman1990

Windows 7
 
 

Hi,

I tried that deanos and i stilll says that gadgets have stopped working....

i dont know what to do, i havent installed anything before the new gadgets and i havent installed anything since then...

can anyone including deanos help me please?

i have literally tried all the given solutions on here

Matt
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03 May 2010   #10
Deanos

 
 

Try removing all current gadgets, then add them 1 by 1 until you get the crash again...

You will probably find that one of them is corrupt...
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