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Windows 7: Can gadgets be backed up and restored onto a Windows 7 computer?

01 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 / CentOS 6.2 64-bit
Can gadgets be backed up and restored onto a Windows 7 computer?

Hi I'm a bit new to this forum and very soon I'm upgrading the HDD on my Sony Vaio to 1TB as well as upgrading my OS to Windows 7 Ultimate but I have some gadgets that are no longer available on the now retired Windows Live Gallery that I would hate to lose. Is there any way that I can save the gadgets I currently have on my computer so they can be used after the upgrade? Any help would be appreciated

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01 Apr 2012   #2
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Your XML files are in: C:\[user]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\cache
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02 Apr 2012   #3

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

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You can go to the below location and find your gadgets copy the folder for each gadget you want to save and after your reinstall put the folder back in the below location where it came from.
C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets
AppData is a hidden folder use this tutorial to unhide it, Option 1 step 3 File and Folder - Hide or Unhide

The default gadgets are located in.
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets

C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets
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