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Windows 7: Can't Find Default Windows 7 Gadget

26 Jun 2010   #1
choralmusic

Windows 7
 
 
Can't Find Default Windows 7 Gadget

A few days ago I noticed my Weather gadget (the one that came with Win7) stopped showing the temperature. It would only show a dash ( - ). It would correct itself in an hour or so. Well, it began happening more and more until eventually it never corrected itself. I also suspect that it was pulling my computer out of the screensaver to to try to update.
I tried cleaning out the cache folder to no avail. I then read that uninstalling it then reinstalling it could help. I uninstalled the gadget from the gadget menu, and now I can't find where to download it again. I can see other author's remakes or variations of the gadget, but not the original one authored by Microsoft.

Can anyone help me? Am I better off without it? Thanks in advance.


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26 Jun 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

It is a good gadget, I use it

Type gadget in search. To see the collection

Hope this works, good luck
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26 Jun 2010   #3
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Welcome to the forum,

See if this helps,

Gadgets - Restore Default Gadgets

Or you could try the uninstall/ reinstall in windows features.

Windows Features - Turn On or Off


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26 Jun 2010   #4
choralmusic

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the help all.

Ok, so I restored my default gadgets - (control panel > appearance > restore default gadgets), but I think I found the underlying problem. I couldn't connect to msn.com. I tried in multiple browsers (IE and FireFox) and it wouldn't go. I added the site in Internet Options of IE, and it still wouldn't load. Eventually, it magically loaded - but my weather gadget (the default Win7 one) won't update or automatically find my location. The option is grayed out. Also my RSS reader (also the default Win7 one) hasn't updated since Friday.

I ran a McAfee virus scan and an Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan and both came back clean.
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26 Jun 2010   #5
derekimo

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Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

There's a couple of options posted here you could try,

Weather gadget doesn't work
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26 Jun 2010   #6
choralmusic

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Derek. I've tried those options to no avail. I seem to think that the culprit must have something to do with connecting to MSN. I also find it suspicious that it won't autdodetect my location.
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26 Jun 2010   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Try malwarebytes and a good virus scan
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

Often you cannot connect to msn and other sites with malware.

If these come up positive, it is more vital to correct it than to get the gadget.
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26 Jun 2010   #8
choralmusic

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
There's a couple of options posted here you could try,

Weather gadget doesn't work
I did notice, however, that on a different user the RSS feeds updated (though the weather still didn't). When I switched back to my profile, they didn't update.
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26 Jun 2010   #9
choralmusic

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Try malwarebytes and a good virus scan
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes

Often you cannot connect to msn and other sites with malware.

If these come up positive, it is more vital to correct it than to get the gadget.
I thought of that, too. But I can connect to MSN now.

I ran a quick scan with MBAM and my most recent virus scan (Friday morning) came back clean. I'm running a full scan with MBAM now.
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26 Jun 2010   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Sounds more like malware than a virus. Malwarebytes will find it if it is there.
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