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Windows 7: Gadgets disappeared ??

22 Dec 2009   #1
roehrle

 
Gadgets disappeared ??

My gadgets on the desktop disappeared and when I tried to restore them I got the following message:
Can't find c:Programs
I recently followed instructions to eliminate "Libraries" which really worked great but I wonder if that had something to do with the gadgets disappearing. Don't remember exactly when they did disappear.


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22 Dec 2009   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roehrle View Post
My gadgets on the desktop disappeared and when I tried to restore them I got the following message:
Can't find c:Programs
I recently followed instructions to eliminate "Libraries" which really worked great but I wonder if that had something to do with the gadgets disappearing. Don't remember exactly when they did disappear.

Recently, I had my clock, gadget, disappear, I did a system restore and all is fine.
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22 Dec 2009   #3
Coolness

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

Have you tried re-enabling the gadgets? have you tried re-starting in safe mode?
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22 Dec 2009   #4
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If you dont want to use my previous solution of system restore try this

If this does not work, open control panel, select desktop gadgets and install again. I also did some research, some say that if UAC is off, the gadgets disappear, did you turn off the UAC?
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22 Dec 2009   #5
roehrle

 

If I do a Systems restore then I will lose the work I did getting rid of the libraries. Don't like libraries and i don't want to go through that again if I can help it.
Is there a C:Programs or do they mean C:Programs files ??
Was C:Programs part of the Libraries ??
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22 Dec 2009   #6
roehrle

 

I tried reinstalling gadgets but got the same error message that it couldn't find C:Programs.
I don't remember changing UAC.
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22 Dec 2009   #7
roehrle

 

Apparently getting rid of the Libraries did have an effect. I just checked my Crogram Files and there were 4 folders with nothing in them. Before I do a restore does this appear to be my problem ???
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22 Dec 2009   #8
richc46

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If you noticed the change about the same time you eliminated libraries, I would say so. Don't worry. Make a system image of your OS, now. Put it on a separate hard drive. Now, use system restore to put you back to an earlier point. Dont like it, put everything back with system image. You cant lose.
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22 Dec 2009   #9
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

make sure that sidebar.exe is a running process in taskmanager.
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22 Dec 2009   #10
roehrle

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
make sure that sidebar.exe is a running process in taskmanager.
No the sidebar.exe is not showing in the taskmanager.
Would this have anything to do with my Crograms Files being empty ??
I did try a systems restore but it said it was unsuccessful..Maybe due to a virus program running
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