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Windows 7: Cant get gadgets to stay working... very frustrating


07 Jan 2010   #1

 
 
Cant get gadgets to stay working... very frustrating

I had this problem in beta and recently I formatted to a full version of 7 and it still continues.

I have multiple gadgets that will work for the first couple of weeks then will stop working out of no where (no changes made that should effect them working that I know of). None of them connect or receive any data and just sit on my desktop.

I have tried:
Enabling UAC to default
AllowElevatedProcess in registry

Any suggestions to get them working? This is one of my only problems I have with Windows 7.

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07 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If a gadget doesn't actually do anything, then it's not a gadget, it's a pile of crap sitting on your desktop, and there would be nothing to stop working.
Please explain your problem in detail, provide screenshots if needed, update your system specs; and on a sidenote, there's NO WAY to make changes that DO NOT influence a gadget.
If you change the date, the calendar won't keep displaying the old one; can I be any more simplistic? No!
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07 Jan 2010   #3

 
 

The gadgets arent connecting. Another problem I have which may be a coincidence or not is that I am unable to upload photos to places such as imageshack or photobucket (fails every time no matter what image).

I attached a screenshot of the right side of my desktop which contains the gadgets.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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08 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It is clear that you have a problem with your internet connection.
But the weather gadget shows something I have experienced before for no apparent reason, so let's test something:

Close all the gadgets on the desktop and make sure the sidebar.exe process is closed in the task Manager. Then go to C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar and take ownership of wlsrvc.dll
Back up the .dll somewhere just in case, then download the attachment wlsrvc.rar I provided and extract it to the Windows Sidebar folder, overwriting the original .dll
Then try and start the Weather gadget again.


One more thing I need to ask? Is this a new install of Windows 7? Did you upgrade from Vista or did a Clean install of 7?


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08 Jan 2010   #5

 

Turn off Windows Firewall and see whether this makes all the difference.

If it does you just need to create a rule to allow Gadgets to penetrate the firewall
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08 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The rule should be there by default, that's why I asked if this 7 was an upgrade.... or he may not use Windows's Firewall...
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08 Jan 2010   #7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sopolias Falst View Post
Close all the gadgets on the desktop and make sure the sidebar.exe process is closed in the task Manager. Then go to C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar and take ownership of wlsrvc.dll
Back up the .dll somewhere just in case, then download the attachment Attachment 46323 I provided and extract it to the Windows Sidebar folder, overwriting the original .dll
Then try and start the Weather gadget again.


One more thing I need to ask? Is this a new install of Windows 7? Did you upgrade from Vista or did a Clean install of 7?
I did the wlsrvc.dll thing but that didnt help. This was an 'upgrade install' from windows 7 RC. I had to call microsoft and have them help me use my code.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Turn off Windows Firewall and see whether this makes all the difference.

If it does you just need to create a rule to allow Gadgets to penetrate the firewall
Same problem with firewall turned off
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10 Jan 2010   #8

 
 

bump

edit - Im 95% sure I know why they were not working. Occasionally to get around download limits I would use Internet Explorer with a proxy. I just figured this out because they started working all of a sudden (I just put in a working proxy). This also explains them all of a sudden not working. Yay! Didnt know the gadgets depended on IE
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11 Jan 2010   #9

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

when I ran the rc I specifically recal it saying that you would have to do a fresh instal of 7, but you could upgrade older versions of windows to 7 (ironically it said vista was incompatible with upgrade (but it was 32 to 64...)

so I'm suprised MS 'helped' you upgrade from rc7 and didn't tell you to instal older windows, then upgrade.

I have one network gadget that will 'turn off' if I am downloading alot of stuff at once. Basically the graph stops working and the numbers all say 0. closing/reopening it or reboot make it come back. Who knows.
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11 Jan 2010   #10

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

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