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Windows 7: weather widget not connecting

05 Feb 2009   #1
garbanzo

7600 x86
 
 
weather widget not connecting

is anyone else having issues?

i get the message "Cannot connect to service"

i've had the problem for several days. i reinstalled the default weather widget but it didn't help. i also tried a few others with no luck...


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05 Feb 2009   #2
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

Hi garbanzo,

Remove the gadget. Disable Firewall. Add the gadget. If it connects, it's a firewall configuration issue.

Cheers!
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05 Feb 2009   #3
garbanzo

7600 x86
 
 

no dice. i turned off my firewall and it still won't go.

it was working for over a month, then suddenly it stopped
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05 Feb 2009   #4
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

I've had the same problem with vista before but it turned out to be a firewall config issue. I tried adding the weather gadget before replying and even changed different cities, no problem with me.

I'd be very interested to know what's causing this to malfunction. Please let us know if you've figured it out.

Oh, have you tried disabling anti-virus and anti-malware programs too? Just an after thought
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05 Feb 2009   #5
garbanzo

7600 x86
 
 

yes i tried. i'm running nod32. i checked on the settings and the sidebar gadgets are in the trusted zone with full communication allowed. i even tried disabling the firewall altogether, but it didn't do anything.
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05 Feb 2009   #6
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

Just right-click the gadget & click Options and change the location to somewhere else. OK that. It should now work. Then do the same thing to change it back again. Not sure why that happens but it's occurred several times here.
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05 Feb 2009   #7
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

Here's something that might work
Click on start and type regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Sidebar\Settings
On the right window create A New DWORD(32 Bit Value) with name “AllowElevatedProcess”
and set value as “1”.
Close Registry Editor
Restart
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05 Feb 2009   #8
garbanzo

7600 x86
 
 

ex_brit - if only it were that simple!

that's the first thing i tried. i just get a 'location not found' message that pops up immediately. it does not even try to search..

nosferatux - i already run sidebar elevated since i don't like having UAC turned on...
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05 Feb 2009   #9
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

Well, I tried

It always works for me that way.

Good luck.
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05 Feb 2009   #10
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

Please try this out on an elevated command prompt
cd "%programfiles%\Windows Sidebar\"
regsvr.exe wlsrvc.dll

If this still doesn't workout for you, please try the patched version here and here
It's also an interesting read
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