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Windows 7: Gadgets on Win 7 have disappeared and unable to recover

10 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
Gadgets on Win 7 have disappeared and unable to recover


Today I turned on my PC and found my gadgets to be missing. I then tried to resolve the issue with opening Control panel> Programs> Desktop Gadgets. I am unable to click on on any of the options on that section, I can click on all other feature on this page. I also tried right clicking the desktop and i still am unable to click on that section either. I haven't installed any new anti virus or had any updates from Microsoft either. Im not sure if there are any quick fixes, or if this is a bug, or if there is something I can do to resolve this. Screen shot below. All help and advice greatly appreciated.


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10 Sep 2014   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Hi and Welcome to SevenForums,

Microsoft have an article here that may help - Windows 7 gadgets may not work or be displayed correctly

They recommend doing a scannow, here is a guide to help with that - SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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10 Sep 2014   #3

Windows 10 Home 64 bit

Microsoft recommends not using the Gadgets. They are prone to viruses. I'm not sure if there is an update for this that stops the Gadgets from working. Mine no longer work. When I first bought my computer they were fine.
This covers Vista and Win 7.
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10 Sep 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro 32

Yes there's a Fix it, see this thread Not recognized as Administrator
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10 Sep 2014   #5

Windows 10 Home 64 bit

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10 Sep 2014   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mopar3 View Post
That articles kind of comes across a little "Upgrade to Window 8"

I may be a little sceptical and would never advise people to do the opposite of what Microsoft advise but desktops gadgets have been round for ages and nothing major had been announced about these vulnerabilities however less than a month before Windows 8 comes out (with all the apps) they say the gadgets/side bar in Windows 7/Vista are insecure.
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10 Sep 2014   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Restore Default Gadgets

Tutorial: Restore Default Gadgets

Personally I keep sidebar and gadgets disabled as per the advice from Microsoft.
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13 Sep 2014   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums Marhall. Try this, easy fix if works.

Start> In search box type Turn Windows features on or off> Enter> Scroll down to Windows Gadget Platform> Uncheck it and restart your PC> Go back and check it again

Windows Features - Turn On or Off

See if gadgets return. A Guy
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29 Apr 2015   #9

Microsoft Windows 7, Professional 64-bit

Here's my solution: ctrl-alt-del > start task mgr > end process "sidebar.exe", then right-click on desktop > select "Gadgets".
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