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Windows 7: Weather widget replacement for Windows 7

09 Feb 2015   #21
gregrocker

 

Is there any problem with this file now as downloaded from http://thefilmreel.tk/Config.xml and if so would you please replace that link in post #15 before it gets any more widely distributed?


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09 Feb 2015   #22
bk4him

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The file thefilmreel.tk/Config.xml is the repaired version of Config.xml and there are no problems with it. The instructions provided were so those interested or skeptical about the changes made by the new Config.xml could perform the changes manually.
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09 Feb 2015   #23
gregrocker

 

Thanks. This thread will soon find it's way to the top of search results for Win7 gadget fix, so we want to be sure that file continues to work as it has for me on 4 out of 5 PC's here so far on the Win7 weather gadget.

It has also worked to revive that weather gadget on Windows 10 installed as part of 8GadgetPack. Strange that only that weather gadget, originally the stock gadget on Windows 7, got corrupted as the one in Windows 7 did:

Weather widget replacement for Windows 7-capture.png


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09 Feb 2015   #24
bk4him

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

This will work on any OS that is 7+, including 10TP. Glad it worked out for you!
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10 Feb 2015   #25
21546041

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
bk4him post #20 works

I'll admit it I was skeptical after trying so many other things posted around the Internet. I modified my config file as posted by bk4him in post #20 of this thread. I didn't have to reboot, just gave it a few minutes and it came alive. I needed to change the location back from NY because I had deleted the original, but it is working fine now.

Thank you bk4him!!!
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10 Feb 2015   #26
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I am being honest in saying that I am naive in the ways of compiling and config.xml files, but this is what I see in this last round of conversation; I understand that linux has been mentioned, but I am assuming that we are all using Windows.



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Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven
What is bizarre to me is that there isn't anything else that is different about the contents of the file; nothing else to suggest why the gadget starts to work again.
There may have been considerations made with the way the config.xml file, with an unsupported gadget and recent Windows Updates interact that a reworking of the config file was necessary, but that is speculation on my part.


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Quote: Originally Posted by bk4him
Hi folks, just to clear up the confusion, here's the manual process for repairing your Config.xml. I just compiled one myself to save you all the hassle.

Open "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\Config.xml" in Notepad or other plain text editor.

Change the values in these lines at the top of the file:
<services refresh="60"> -- change from 60 to 45
<service name="weather">
<operation interval="30"/> -- change from 30 to 15

and also the values in these lines at the bottom:
<service name="stocks">
<operation interval="15"/> -- change from 15 to 10
</service>
<service name="currency">
<operation interval="30"/> -- change from 30 to 15

Upon restarting your machine or sidebar.exe, all gadgets should function properly.
bk4, The values you say need changing are already in place on the filmreel link, but you seem to be using them as your own, and you're evading maxseven's question. Can you verify why a reworking of the config file was necessary?


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Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Is there any problem with this file now as downloaded from http://thefilmreel.tk/Config.xml and if so would you please replace that link in post #15 before it gets any more widely distributed?
Greg I believe you meant post #14


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Quote: Originally Posted by bk4him
The file thefilmreel.tk/Config.xml is the repaired version of Config.xml and there are no problems with it. The instructions provided were so those interested or skeptical about the changes made by the new Config.xml could perform the changes manually.
I found no instructions at thefilmreel.tk ; when I click on your link:
Quote:
there appears to be an XML file that does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below,
and that tree has nothing but service and language elements associated with it.

Can you provide a link to the instructions other than the link in post#14 that you provided?
Quote:
Replace this Config.xml file with the one located at http://thefilmreel.tk/Config.xml
(right click, save link as or save target as)


Quote:
Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Thanks. This thread will soon find it's way to the top of search results for Win7 gadget fix, so we want to be sure that file continues to work as it has for me on 4 out of 5 PC's here so far on the Win7 weather gadget.
It has also worked to revive that weather gadget on Windows 10 installed as part of 8GadgetPack. Strange that only that weather gadget, originally the stock gadget on Windows 7, got corrupted as the one in Windows 7 did:

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That maybe due to Windows Updates or an unsupported gadget Greg, again that is speculation on my part.


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Quote: Originally Posted by bk4him
This will work on any OS that is 7+, including 10TP. Glad it worked out for you!
Not to be brutal bk4, but even after 21546041's validation that your filmreel find works, you are still evading maxseven's question; Don't just say or be happy that what you found works, either corroborate your find with more than saying it has been repaired; Why was it repaired?
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10 Feb 2015   #27
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

I suspect the reason bk4him's changes worked was not because of the interval times, but rather that the edit & save using Notepad changed the "carriage returns". But my basic question, which is NOT a question for bk4him but for anyone is why suddenly the Weather gadget stopped working for everyone, when clearly none of us touched, or had any reason to touch this simple Config.xml file.

This is no big deal in any case, but I'm happy to be able to observe again my Weather gadget, which says we're climbing to 75F today!

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10 Feb 2015   #28
jewishnigra

Win7 x64
 
 

1. Close the weather gadget.
2. Open the following with your default notepad editor: %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\Config.xml
3. Make no changes and simply click file->save and then exit.
4. Re-open the gadget and it should work.

Did someone forget something over there at Live.com?
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10 Feb 2015   #29
bk4him

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi again folks, apologies for the confusion.

I am the owner of thefilmreel.tk, and I have created the modified Config.xml file at thefilmreel.tk/Config.xml. The only changes I made were the ones I had previously listed.

I had found the fix at windows 7 weather gadget cannot connect to service - Microsoft Community

As the above forum states, there is no known reason for why the fix works. My best estimation is that MS changed something on their sever end (MSN possibly?). It's equally strange that not all systems were affected.
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10 Feb 2015   #30
jewishnigra

Win7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bk4him View Post
Too much misinformation, along with very outdated posts. People are assuming that changing values within the config file is correcting the issue when simply modifying the file by clicking "file->save" with 0 changes is enough to solve the issue.
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