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Windows 7: Gadget platform cannot be restarted win7

20 May 2013   #11
2bretired

windows 7 ultimate x 32
 
 

OK found sidebar.exe missing. Copied windows sidebar folder from my laptop to my desktop but need to somehow activate this new sidebar as it is still not being seen. Ant suggestions.

Bob


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20 May 2013   #12
A Guy

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That just brings up more questions then answers I'm afraid. sidebar.exe appears to reside in program files, but it is actually present in several places. The fact it was missing is worrisome. The fact that your Turn windows features on or off as a whole appears to be "broken". I'd suggest a Repair Install. It will leave your programs and documents intact. Have a read and see if it's something you would try.

Repair Install

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21 May 2013   #13
2bretired

windows 7 ultimate x 32
 
 

Thanks A GUY,
Well after spending all day I found that it is bigger problem than I think. After copying all file from my laptop sidebar folder to my desktop sidebar folder. I noticed each time I tried to turn on Gadget platform and rebooted the sidebar folder was empty. When I first had problem with gadget I downloaded a gadget pack which tried to install a new tool bar and redirect my search etc. I immediately removed this malware program. I think removing this program may have deleted sidebar.exe and it components. Also in the sidebar folder was a bunch of residual file which I had to change ownership just to be able to delete them. When I tried to turn on gadget platform again and reboot the sidebar folder disappeared. When I replaced the sidebar folder and rebooted all deleted file reappeared ! the rest of the programs are still working fine.

So what I have decided to do is buy another hard drive. I have a mobile dock so on the new hard drive I will install an old backup. Once this is working I can then try repair install the main drive. The idea is I can rotate between hard drives if one system dies I can just swap to the other drive and still be up and running.

Thanks for your help Bob
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21 May 2013   #14
A Guy

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If you have malware or worse, a repair install will not remove that. I'd do some scanning first. I'd suggest the free Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, and the Windows Defender Offline.

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If you don't remove any infection first, only a clean install will return things to normal. A Guy
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23 May 2013   #15
2bretired

windows 7 ultimate x 32
 
 

Thanks A GUY for your help. Just did a full install to an old drive, everything working fine including gadgets, this allows me to be up and running in case I really screw up my main system hard drive. I am waiting for new 1TB hard-drive to arrive from Tiger to do a backup restore, if this works without problems I will then try a repair install on the original hard drive. I am using all this as a learning experience. I have the time now I am retired.

Bob
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23 May 2013   #16
A Guy

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I envy that, lol. But I hope to retire before I expire

A Guy
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