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Windows 7: gadgets has stopped working (tough one)

04 May 2010   #11
matman1990

Windows 7
 
 

well when i try to access it on the control panel it still comes up with 'windows desktop gadgets has stpopped working' just like it normally does when i start up my laptop

Matt


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05 May 2010   #12
Deanos

 
 

Download a small program called CCleaner (CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download).
Install it and run it.

While in there, do the normal clean up (Make sure you select everything, except for the last item, "wipe free space" I think...) and then do the registry clean up...

Then go to Tools, then Startup.
Disable the entry for the gadget startup.

"Sidebar C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun"
Right click on it and select disable...

Reboot your PC and then try and add them one by one again...

Let me know what happens...
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06 May 2010   #13
matman1990

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Deanos.
Will do
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06 May 2010   #14
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deanos View Post
Download a small program called CCleaner (CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download).
Install it and run it.

While in there, do the normal clean up (Make sure you select everything, except for the last item, "wipe free space" I think...) and then do the registry clean up...

Then go to Tools, then Startup.
Disable the entry for the gadget startup.

"Sidebar C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun"
Right click on it and select disable...

Reboot your PC and then try and add them one by one again...

Let me know what happens...
I do not recommend using the reg cleaner unless you are very familiar with the registry and know what you are doing. Win 7 manages the registry much more efficiently and differently than does XP. The old XP wisdom does not apply to Win 7.

Cleaning keys that obviously refer to uninstalled programs is safe; but it will have no impact on the speed of the registry.
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07 May 2010   #15
johngalt

 

He didn't offer the reg clean as a way to speed anything up - he offered it as a method to help get rid of the startup entry for the sidebar.exe program that runs to show the desktop gadgets.

However, I do agree with you that they have little effect in speeding up Windows 7 based computers.

@matman - In general, I have found that registry cleaners can easily do more harm than good if you do not know what you are doing.

Since this is not your thread originally, please go back and start from the beginning and tell us some more info.

Also, did you *specifically* do the part mentioned in this post?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mysticalice View Post
Here was the solution, in case someone searches for it:

Go to the the userdata, appdata\local\microsoft\windows sidebar\gadgets\ and removed the camera application.
restarted gadgets and they worked just fine
That should allow you to remove any gadgets that you installed that sound like may be the cause of your problems....
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08 Jun 2010   #16
64met

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deanos View Post
Just thought I would add my 2c worth here!!!

I had the same problem now now...

4 of the 5 gadgets were showing and right clicking and trying to open the gadget window did nothing!

I also have UAC disabled!

I got it working again, here is how:

Right click on the desktop
Select VIEW, then uncheck VIEW DESKTOP GADGETS
They will or should disappear

Then simply just recheck it and VOILA! Everything worked fine again!!!

Good luck!
Thank you- this solution worked!
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