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Windows 7: Gadgets not working...

24 Mar 2009   #21
bmgtweaked

Windows 7
 
 

I am having the same problem on a Dell. No matter how I try to get to them they simply will not start.


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01 May 2009   #22
d3r0ck

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 

I don't know if this has been answered in a different thread or not but,

I had gadgets working and everything was good, i installed a gadget, and now gadgets won't load up at all. I tried removing gadgets from the windows features, i did the uac thing, and still nothing... Also, if i go to "view list of running gadgets" i can see the bad gadget, but an error message pops up before i can remove it....... any help would be most appreciated.
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12 May 2009   #23
SUBRM1

Win 7 rc build 7100
 
 

Thanks all for pointing me in the right direction here we go.
1. Make sure your logged in as an admin.
2. open up task manger and close down sidebar if its running. (just kill the process)
3. open up c:/program files/windows sidebar
4. right click the sidebar application go to security, check the status of the settings, my load had sys, admin and users with read as the only permission. If this is the case keep on with the next step.
5. Go to the advance tab and go to owner and take ownership of the file with your admin account. then ok out of the boxes, so this setting can take effect.
6. right click/properties/security tab.
7. now select system and hit edit, change it to full control, I also put admin with full control and gave users modify.
8. now click ok to run out of it.
9. double click sidebar. Be prepared, I had 34 different gadgets jump onto my desktop after I did this.
This fixed my inability to maintain gadgets on the desktop after rebooting, it also allows me to edit the gadget settings, and I no longer have a ghost icon from the My gadgets window if I drag and drop a gadget to the desktop. I also let trustedinstaller account have full control, I didn't see any reason to mess with it. UAC is disabled by the way. and I haven't installed any "fixes" from vista. If this help anyone out, let me know.


RM1(SS)
Ya know windows 7 is like the last Highlander Movie, one was awesome (XP), Two was what the hell were they thinking (vista), and three (win 7) was back to the original story line or an apology for messing things up with two (vista).
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19 Sep 2009   #24
Dosboot

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM
 
 
After in place upgrade, could not install new Gadgets

I did an in place upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate RTM. The Gadgets I had continued to work, but I could not add new ones (without them disappearing after boot) or change the settings of the ones installed.
To Solve:
1. Start "Turn Windows features on or off"
2. Disable "Windows Gadgets Platform" and reset
3. Proceed to "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar"
4. Delete Settings.ini (after making a copy)
5. Start "Turn Windows features on or off"
6. Enable "Windows Gadgets Platform"
7. Re-install the Gadgets

I can now add new Gadgets and modify the settings. And I can do this without having UAC on at all.
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27 Nov 2009   #25
EvilM

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dosboot View Post
I did an in place upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate RTM. The Gadgets I had continued to work, but I could not add new ones (without them disappearing after boot) or change the settings of the ones installed.
To Solve:
1. Start "Turn Windows features on or off"
2. Disable "Windows Gadgets Platform" and reset
3. Proceed to "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar"
4. Delete Settings.ini (after making a copy)
5. Start "Turn Windows features on or off"
6. Enable "Windows Gadgets Platform"
7. Re-install the Gadgets

I can now add new Gadgets and modify the settings. And I can do this without having UAC on at all.
I have done the same as the above except when I opened the Desktop Gadgets through the control panel after re-enabling the Windows Gadgets Platform all my gadgets were still there and it was just a case on turning them on.

Hope this helps.
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30 Apr 2010   #26
harryo1

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
gadgets

hello
can someone please help me out, i can"t seem to to get my gadgets working.im trying to follow the instuctions from evilm but not sure how to find "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar" . i have windows 7 ultimate any help would be much appreciated .
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30 Apr 2010   #27
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harryo1 View Post
hello
can someone please help me out, i can"t seem to to get my gadgets working.im trying to follow the instuctions from evilm but not sure how to find "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar" . i have windows 7 ultimate any help would be much appreciated .
Welcome to the forum,

AppData is a hidden folder, This tutorial will show you how to unhide it,

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
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30 Apr 2010   #28
harryo1

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

thanks derekimo,works like a charm.cheers
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30 Apr 2010   #29
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harryo1 View Post
thanks derekimo,works like a charm.cheers
You're Welcome, Glad I could help.

Cheers
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