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Windows 7: Windows Gadgets

12 Mar 2014   #1
vegaspat

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Windows Gadgets

I have two PC's with Windows 7 OS. The laptop is fine but the Gadgets on the Desktop will not display properly. They appear as "outlines" for a better word. The text part shows fine but the background is vague.

I've searched the Internet and even tried the Microsoft Community which is a joke. :-( I tried every suggestion I could find but nothing worked.

There was one suggestion I didn't try because I was afraid I'd totally mess up my PC. The person said that maybe the Gadgets.exe file was corrupt and said if I could find a copy I could replace the defective one. If I copied the file from my laptop, removed the old one from the desktop and used the one from my laptop would that possibly work?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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12 Mar 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There was a problem when Internet Explorer 11 was installed. Do you have the IE11 on that system.
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12 Mar 2014   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello vegaspat,

If you have not already, you might see if this may be able to help.

Gadgets not Displaying Correctly in Windows 7 - Fix
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13 Mar 2014   #4
vegaspat

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

First of all, I will check out the link you sent Brink.

Next, after reading about IE 11 being a problem I spent almost an hour yesterday trying to uninstall IE 11 and never could uninstall it. I even tried Revo Uninstaller with no luck. It didn't even show up in that program. Where do I go to uninstall IE11? Bizarre.

It was not even in the the Programs and Features file.

Was that NOT a good suggestion about replacing the Gadget.exe file?

Just want to move a little slow on this issue because I have a way of messing things up.

Thanks.
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13 Mar 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The IE11 is probably in the updates. That's where I have been hiding it. Question is whether it did come with an uninstaller - that you have to try.
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13 Mar 2014   #6
vegaspat

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Unbelievable. I ended up Googling how to uninstall IE and it sure was hiding. I never knew it was hiding in the updates. Anyway I uninstalled it and like magic my Gadgets were back.

After rebooting it wanted to install updates and IE11 was one of them. I hid it and all is well.

Thanks to both of you for jumping in to offer help. I'm one very happy person now.

I suppose no one knows why IE11 was a problem. Not that I care but it would be nice to know.
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