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Windows 7: Gadget Installer is Missing

11 Oct 2010   #1
moonknight

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Gadget Installer is Missing

When I download a gadget.. Windows doesn't install it for me. It tells me that it can't open the file. I can choose a program to open it with. But what program do I choose?

I already went to Start > Run > optionalfeatures.exe, and made sure "Windows Gadget Platform" is checked and installed.

Please help, thanks.


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11 Oct 2010   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What is the gadget ? Can you give us a link to it so maybe we can try to install it?

Some of my Gadgets


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11 Oct 2010   #3
moonknight

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
What is the gadget ? Can you give us a link to it so maybe we can try to install it?

Some of my Gadgets
It's called All CPU Meter. I don't think it matters what Gadget it is. I just can't install them because Windows doesn't recognize it. Anybody know why?
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11 Oct 2010   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I just download the lates version of it & it installed as soon as I double clicked on it.

Have you check our tutorials section for the ones on gadgets ?


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11 Oct 2010   #5
moonknight

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
I just download the lates version of it & it installed as soon as I double clicked on it.

Have you check our tutorials section for the ones on gadgets ?
Like I said, I'm pretty sure it doesn't have anything to do with which Gadget it is. I can't install it because I don't have the program/installer for it... so if I double click it it asks me to select a program.
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11 Oct 2010   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Try running system file checker to repair the corrupted installer

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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11 Oct 2010   #7
moonknight

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Try running system file checker to repair the corrupted installer

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
Just ran it, restarted and still can't install gadgets.
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11 Oct 2010   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moonknight View Post
When I download a gadget.. Windows doesn't install it for me. It tells me that it can't open the file. I can choose a program to open it with. But what program do I choose?

I already went to Start > Run > optionalfeatures.exe, and made sure "Windows Gadget Platform" is checked and installed.

Please help, thanks.
Do you have gadgets that you are using that are already installed? When you right click on your desktop, does the context menu include Gadgets? If so does clicking it open your installed gadget list? Can you then double click on one to have it appear on desktop? Have you tried to install a gadget manually? Let us know these answers, and we'll know where we stand now. A Guy
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11 Oct 2010   #9
moonknight

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moonknight View Post
When I download a gadget.. Windows doesn't install it for me. It tells me that it can't open the file. I can choose a program to open it with. But what program do I choose?

I already went to Start > Run > optionalfeatures.exe, and made sure "Windows Gadget Platform" is checked and installed.

Please help, thanks.
Do you have gadgets that you are using that are already installed? When you right click on your desktop, does the context menu include Gadgets? If so does clicking it open your installed gadget list? Can you then double click on one to have it appear on desktop? Have you tried to install a gadget manually? Let us know these answers, and we'll know where we stand now. A Guy
Yes to all the questions. I have manually installed Gadgets before that's why I know that you're supposed to able to install just by double-clicking it. But now there's no program associated with the Gadget extension files, so I can't open these files.
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11 Oct 2010   #10
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Try this. Download a gadget.

Right click the gadget on your desktop> Left click Open With> Browse to C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar folder> Choose sidebar.exe

See if it will install. If so, repeat and check the box that says Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.

A Guy
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