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Windows 7: Weather gadget NOT updating anymore

30 Sep 2015   #71
Mitch656

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Gah!
I seem to be having this problem everyday!

I probably after i boot up my PC!

I dont want to use the MSN gadget as it looks slightly different, but its annoying to reset everyday! :/


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15 Oct 2015   #72
Keithuk

Windows 7 Professional 32bit SP1
 
 

I've used the default weather gadget since I've had Windows 7 for the past 18 months and its always worked. I did a rebuild the other day because of the annoying gadgets always on top and a few other glitches. When I try and setup my location in the weather gadget it always say cannot find. If I type in London it still can't find just the same if I add United Kingdom.

I have no files in C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\config.xml

I have another weather gadget from Windows 7 Gadgets. Free Desktop Gadgets For Windows 7 for just as long and that one can find my location.

Oh the odd gadget still shows on top after a rebuild. I've search for solution on here but none work. The main reason I use the gadgets is I have a battery gadget from the above site that tells me when the battery is low and it works great, as the Window 7 sound warning does nothing.
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26 Oct 2015   #73
Keithuk

Windows 7 Professional 32bit SP1
 
 

I've found MSNWeather post #5 that works for me. Weather Gadget: Cannot connect to service.
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27 Oct 2015   #74
shadetree

Win 7 Pro / XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jmdl1983 View Post
I take no credit for this solution, but this fixed it on several machines here:

1, Open up the file: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\config.xml in notepad.

2, DO NOT make any changes, but just hit Save.

3, Wait 30 seconds and restart the gadgets.
Thank You Very Much, for the fix.

The Weather Gadget has been working fine with Win7 Pro-64 on the HTPC until windows 10 update service made changes to my system for preparations, thou I didn't take the upgrade, I use WMC Live with EMBY.
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06 Nov 2015   #75
HowlinMad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here's what I did to fix the weather gadget on my Windows 7 machine. I'm not an expert in writing script. In fact this is the first one I've attempted, but it seems to do the job. I'd advise not to use this until someone with script writing experience verifies that it is OK to do so. So if anyone out there is knowledgeable on the subject, please chime in. I can say that I've been running this for over a week and a half now and I can't even tell it's there and the weather gadget is running up to date so far.

I read where someone said that you needed to save the config file every few days for the weather gadget to continue to work properly. I just figured if that was the case then why not write a script to do that automatically on start up so I Googled a bit and found some sample codes to open and save xml files. I changed the code a bit to fit my needs and so far it seems to work OK running over a week now and the weather gadget has stayed up to date.

How to:

Open notepad and paste the following four lines of code.

Set xmlDoc = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM")
xmlDoc.Async = "False"
xmlDoc.Load("C:\Users\M\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\Config.xml")
xmlDoc.Save("C:\Users\M\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\Config.xml")

Obviously, you will have to change the paths to your Config file. In most cases you will probably only have to substitute your User Name for "M" in the example above where M is located between 'Users' and 'AppData'. Also, make sure it is not an empty Config file. If it is empty, you will have to copy the file from another Windows 7 machine to your machine.

I'm not sure that the 2nd line is absolutely necessary but I didn't see where it would hurt anything.
Also, I couldn't find any code to close the file, but it doesn't appear to be open after the script runs and the examples I looked at ended the code with the xmlDoc.save command so I assume it's OK as is. (Here's where an expert should chime in if necessary)

Anywho...

Save the file with a .vbs extension.
Put the file or a shortcut to the file in the Startup folder.

Make sure you do not associate .vbs files with notebook or any other program. They are activated by Microsoft Windows Based Script Host. If you associate the file, it will simply open if for edit instead of runing the code. If you need to make changes, right click the file and choose edit. If you have accidentally associated .vbs files with another program then right click a .vbs file and choose Properties, Change, Microsoft Windows Based Script Host.

That's it. Now the .vbs file will run every time Windows starts up and the file will be saved with a new Modified time stamp.

or...
You could just put the .vbs file on the desktop and double click it once in a while. Personally, I prefer to let Windows do the work.

I'm attaching my vbs file if anyone wants to use it instead of making your own. Just remember to make sure the path to the config is correct for your machine.


Attached Files
File Type: vbs Save Weather.vbs (249 Bytes, 6 views)
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06 Dec 2015   #76
Dillinger

Washington
 
 

this worked for me. Thanks
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17 Dec 2015   #77
HowlinMad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Glad it helps. I'm still going strong without any intervention here on my machine since before my original post. If they ever completely do away with the gadget, as in deleting it completely from your machine, just remember to delete the file from the startup folder of you'll get an error message when the gadget isn't found after the code runs. Then again, I suppose the error message would act as a good reminder that the vbs file is no longer required.
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12 Jun 2016   #78
ladyfsgf

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
gadgets not accurate

I tried the suggestion. So what would you do if the gadget is behind a day. It implies it is Saturday, but it is Sunday.
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20 Jun 2016   #79
HowlinMad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Wrong Day

I think it should update after a short period of time. Mine will sometimes be a day behind when I first boot up but will then update after a while. If that's not the case then I'm afraid I don't know what to tell you. I don't think the computer's clock should be an issue with the weather gadget but you might just check to make sure it is updating automatically to the correct time and date.
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10 Sep 2016   #80
ladyfsgf

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I clicked on config.xml and no save option.
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