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Windows 7: Can't Add Gadgets to Sidebar

14 May 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

For anyone interested, I have created another method to reinstate the Vista Sidebar, follow method 1 in this tutorial, very quick and easy to do and 0 risk.

Vista Windows Sidebar - Reinstate on Windows 7

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14 May 2009   #12

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Mr GRiM,

I started over just to see how things would go and 1st that Windows Sidebar x86 file causes errors when I right-clicked the desktop/gadgets, perhaps because (x86) is part of the name or was it because I renamed the original folder Windows Sidebar.old? . However when I re-copied the gadgets folder from Vista, this time everything works as before and now I can add any gadget I want.
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14 May 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Yes you need to take the folder out of the folder it was unzipped to, if that makes sense, anyway glad you got it sorted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 May 2009   #14

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
Yes you need to take the folder out of the folder it was unzipped to, if that makes sense, anyway glad you got it sorted.
Doh!! it never occurred to me to do that...ah well, all's well that ends well I guess.

Thanks a million.
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14 May 2009   #15

Windows 7
i fixed this problem...

well... today i started my windows 7 and i had an error...
i coundnt start windows gadgets...
i tried everything... nothing worked...

so i went to add/remove programs, turn on / off windows programs...
and i turned the windows gadgets off...
iv shutd down my computer, umplugged the energy cabe for 20 seconds, started my pc in SAFE MODE...
turned on windows gadgets at control panel, restarted normally my computer
and now my windows gadgets are works again!!!

hope i could help...

(sorry for my poor english...)

best regards!
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23 Apr 2010   #16

Windows 7 Pro x64 & Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SUBRM1 View Post
Thanks all for pointing me in the right direction here we go.
1. Make sure your logged in as an admin.
2. open up task manger and close down sidebar if its running. (just kill the process)
3. open up c:/program files/windows sidebar
4. right click the sidebar application go to security, check the status of the settings, my load had sys, admin and users with read as the only permission. If this is the case keep on with the next step.
5. Go to the advance tab and go to owner and take ownership of the file with your admin account. then ok out of the boxes, so this setting can take effect.
6. right click/properties/security tab.
7. now select system and hit edit, change it to full control, I also put admin with full control and gave users modify.
8. now click ok to run out of it.
9. double click sidebar. Be prepared, I had 34 different gadgets jump onto my desktop after I did this.
This fixed my inability to maintain gadgets on the desktop after rebooting, it also allows me to edit the gadget settings, and I no longer have a ghost icon from the My gadgets window if I drag and drop a gadget to the desktop. I also let trustedinstaller account have full control, I didn't see any reason to mess with it. UAC is disabled by the way. and I haven't installed any "fixes" from vista. If this help anyone out, let me know.

Ya know windows 7 is like the last Highlander Movie, one was awesome (XP), Two was what the hell were they thinking (vista), and three (win 7) was back to the original story line or an apology for messing things up with two (vista).
Worke for me ..
just gave permissions to all users \ admin \ system etc..
and now it workes like a charm.

thanks =]
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