Windows 7 (7000) X64 Sidebar Flash Player Fix


  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 7
       #1

    Windows 7 (7000) X64 Sidebar Flash Player Fix


    I wasn't sure what forum to put this in, so I figure I will start here and if it needs moved I can move it.

    After getting Win7 x64 installed, I was having a problem getting the Pandora Gadget to work. It turns out this gadget uses Flash, which only comes in a 32 bit version. The Sidebar is x64, and can't access Flash. I came up with a quick and dirty way to load the 32 bit sidebar instead which allows flash to work! I know there are several gadgets out there that use flash so this should be a fix for all of them.

    Edit the following Registry Key:
    \\HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\SideBar

    Change the key to this: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun

    (The only addition is loading sidebar.exe from c:\program files (x86)\ instead of c:\program files\)

    This should get you by until Adobe gets their act together!
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  2. Posts : 3,141
    Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
       #2

    Thanks KCDale99. Welcome to the forums.

    I don't have 64 bit installed at the moment, but will be installing it again soon. Will give that a go.

    Gary
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 7
       #3

    KCDale99, were you actually able to get this to work? When I make the change, gadgets don't show up on the desktop any more. (to be expected because they were 64 bit before) When I attempt click directly launch the (x86) version of sidebar, nothing happens. If I right click on the desktop and then choose "Gadgets", it appears that the 64 bit gadgets are launched again. Any thoughts?
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  4. Posts : 1
    windows7
       #4

    Hi,

    Could you explain your fix for Flash Player in simpler terms (for me)? I have a new Dell laptop windows 7, 64 bit and I cannot find anyway to get Adobe Flashplayer.

    Thanks,
    Rita
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  5. Posts : 5,807
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
       #5

    retscheid said:
    Hi,

    Could you explain your fix for Flash Player in simpler terms (for me)? I have a new Dell laptop windows 7, 64 bit and I cannot find anyway to get Adobe Flashplayer.

    Thanks,
    Rita
    This is for folks who want to use the 64-bit versions of IE, firefox, etc...

    By default most users will use the 32-bit of these browsers...the "E" on the bar at the bottom (that opens Internet Explorer) will open the 32-bit...you will have to go through the start menu or Explorer to get the 64-bit version...

    in conclusion...just install Flash player from www.adobe.com...you will be good to go
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  6. Posts : 2
    Windows 7
       #6

    Great!


    Thank you very much for this post, KCDale999! I am gadget developer myself and wanted to write a flash-based gadget. Now I wrote an executable file and the users can fix the bug very easily. For all who prefer the simple way instead of working in the registry : http://robofan.de/Programme/Windows_...sh_Support.exe
    This program will fix the bug without working in the registry, simply click the button!

    I hope I could help you and thanks a lot to KCDale999.

    Best Regards from Germany
    CyberBoy
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  7. Posts : 2
    Windows 7
       #7

    Flash Support Gadget 2.0


    I released a new version of my program. Now it supports the command-line parameters fix and restore so that gadget developers can easily integrate it in their gadgets. How it exactly works and more information you can find on: Blog - CyberBoy Software

    Download of the program for non-developing users on http://robofan.de/Programme/Windows%...%20Support.exe (simply start the program and click "Fix flash bug of the sidebar").

    Best Regards
    CyberBoy
    Last edited by CyberBoy; 05 Mar 2011 at 18:38.
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  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #8
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  9. Posts : 1
    Window 7 Professional
       #9

    OMG!!! IT WORKS!!! MILLION THANK YOU CYBERBOY!!! YOU SAVED ME FROM MY NIGHTMARE!!!
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