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Windows 7: Gadgets are gone

12 Mar 2013   #1

Win 7 HP
Gadgets are gone

I have Windows 7 Ultimate and just did a bunch of Windows updates 20mins ago and once back to Desktop my Gadgets are gone. I can't right click Desktop and open the Gadget window and going through Control panel doesn't open it either. I've checked Windows features and Gadgets are still enabled and are still set as visible on desktop. I've disabled and re-enabled Gadgets and have rebooted 3 times and they are still gone

I feel naked without my gadgets.

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12 Mar 2013   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit

Hiyya Dredj you might try system restore and then do those updates again in small amounts and check the gadgets afterwards once the gadgets disappear you probably have found the update/s that might be causing it.
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12 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

You could also try this

Delete your settings in your users app section.

For example if your user name is "Fred" then go to

Then delete the folder called "Windows Sidebar"

This will delete your users gadget settings so when you go to use a gadget it will reset the folder and settings.
Also have a looky over here

Desktop gadgets disappeared
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12 Mar 2013   #4

Win 7 HP

Hi pals, thanks for the replies.

I had a look through the "Similar Threads" feature this forum has and found a post by "Brink", he has .bat I used that fixed my problem and my Gadgets are back and I can even access the Gadget menu's again.

Here is the link for anyone else who finds this thread now or in the future and has my problem - Gadgets not Displaying Correctly in Windows 7 - Fix
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05 Oct 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

I seemed to have the same problem... the gadgets had gone from the desktop and I couldn't display the RightMouse > Gadgets window (nothing happened). RightMouse > View > "Show desktop gadgets" was still enabled. However, unchecking this option and selecting "Show desktop gadgets" again magically resolved this problem for me. The gadgets suddenly reappeared and I could now access the Gadgets window again!

I thought at first that maybe it was to do with the fact that Microsoft have discontinued Windows Gadgets for security reasons?!
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05 Oct 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums whitespace. Sometimes Windows just does things, lol. MS has not forced us to abandon gadgets, you have to choose to do so. I still use several. Living life on the edge

A Guy
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30 Oct 2013   #7

windows 7 home

Thanks for the link Dredj! Worked like a charm for me.
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29 Nov 2013   #8

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1

I had the same problem, and tried all the suggestions on microsoft technet, only the batch file fixed it for me. Thanks!
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30 Nov 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks to both Dredj, for the insight, and to Brink for the batch file!

That worked for me too. My gadgets had disappeared, and couldn't activate or access any gadgets related menu. Had to do RightMouse > View > "Hide desktop gadgets" and then RightMouse > View > "Show desktop gadgets" after restart, and now all is OK again.
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12 Dec 2013   #10

win 7 home premium 64


You have the solution! Thanks for the tip.
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