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Windows 7: Gadgets - Enable or Disable


08 Feb 2009   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Gadgets - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Gadgets in Windows 7 and Vista


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13 Mar 2012   #20
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry, buy you're going to have to get your teacher or administrator to be able to enable this since you do not have and cannot get administrator access.


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21 Jul 2012   #21
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Shawn,
Thank you for the excellent tutorial. It not only helped me to eliminate the threat exposure, but, also, minimally increased by download speed.
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21 Jul 2012   #22
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Rich. Thank you.
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21 Jul 2012   #23
abredt

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Or you can go here to the Microsoft Knowledge Base and click "Enable" to enable the fix.
Then you must reboot your system.

If MS finds a safe way to run gadgets, you can go here again to disable the fix.

I loved my gadgets - especially the clock.

Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerabilities in Gadgets could allow remote code execution

cb
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21 Jul 2012   #24
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello CB,

Yeah, it does the same thing as in the tutorial, but through a Fix it instead of manually.
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15 Mar 2013   #25
redmerc

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Fix it. Many thanks

I had a strange problem with desktop gadgets that started a couple of days ago. They would not load on start up or restart. Under "view" all the proper boxes were ticked, but the gadgets would not load. I did find that if I unticked "show gadgets" then re-ticked show gadgets, they showed up as normal and stayed that way until a restart. Every single time I restarted the computer they were gone and I had to go through the same routine.

I checked many sources looking for an answer for this and nothing worked until I found your .reg file. Many thanks for your work, and fixing the problem.

I'm still wondering why it happened in the first place though. Any ideas?
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15 Mar 2013   #26
redmerc

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Update

This problem is weirder than I thought. The .reg file works after ONE restart, then it goes back to the same old thing. If I do the .reg file again, it works, but again only for one restart. Any ideas on this.
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15 Mar 2013   #27
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Redmerc, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check your group policy settings in both the User Configuration and Computer Configuration locations to see if it may still be set in them, and getting reapplied after each restart.

In addition, use the Find and Find Next feature in regedit to search for any and all TurnOffSidebar DWORD entries in your registry. If any are found, then delete them.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Mar 2013   #28
redmerc

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I had checked the registry before, but I did it again, and no such entries were found.
In the group policy settings: I can find and access both User and Computer configuration, but I do not know what to look for. Almost everything does say "not configured".

If you could tell me what I need to check, in those setting, I will do so.

Thanks for your fast reply.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Redmerc, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check your group policy settings in both the User Configuration and Computer Configuration locations to see if it may still be set in them, and getting reapplied after each restart.

In addition, use the Find and Find Next feature in regedit to search for any and all TurnOffSidebar DWORD entries in your registry. If any are found, then delete them.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Mar 2013   #29
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

In group policy, you would go to both locations (User & Computer) in OPTION TWO of the tutorial to make sure that they are both set to "Not Configured". They would be by default unless previously changed.
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