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Windows 7: Fix Windows 7 Sidebar With UAC Off

20 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
Fix Windows 7 Sidebar With UAC Off

As many of you undoubtedly know already, in Windows 7 Beta 1, disabling UAC also causes the gadgets to stop working. This can be very annoying, especially for the power users who turn off UAC, or for those who are turning it of in order to avoid that nasty token elevation bug that rears itís ugly head out of random on some machines.
The reason for this is that Microsoft made the assumption that the sidebar process would never be run in an elevated state. So when you try to start it with UAC disabled it detects that it would have to run elevated, so it just does nothing to abide by the pre-set rules set by Microsoft. Thankfully there is an undocumented registry setting to correct this issue.
  1. Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Sidebar\Settings
  3. Create a new DWORD Value called AllowElevatedProcess
  4. Set the value of the new DWORD to 1
  5. Close the registry editor. Your gadgets should work now. No reboot or anything necessary.
via Fix Windows 7 Sidebar With UAC Off at Chris123NT’s Blog

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2009   #2

windows 7 x64

yesi good work, thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 7100 build

edit never mind
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 Build 7100 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by QuadAllegory View Post
Didn't work for me (x64 7000).
Well, it tells you to create a DWORD value of which Windows says it's a 32-bit value. You can also create a QWORD value, which would be 64-bit. Maybe you can try that? (I'm absolutely no expert on this by the way )

Great fix by the way.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2009   #5

windows 7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hethoofd View Post
create a DWORD value of which Windows says it's a 32-bit value. You can also create a QWORD value, which would be 64-bit.
thats right, its working perfectly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2009   #6


Ha, MS can't win. They try to answer their critics by making Windows more secure and we figure out ways and reasons to make everyone and every process an admin.

I never run gadgets, they scare me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2009   #7

7 beta 1 x64

Can someone send me original files from C:\Program files\Sidebar and C:\Program files (x86)\Sidebar, becouse I rewrait it by wrong files. Sidebar uses Program Files or Program Filex (x86) folder ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2009   #8


Thank You for sharing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2009   #9

7 beta 1 x64

Thank You very much
gadgets works but I have next problem
When I try to open window with my gadgets - they turn up and dissapear.
I record the video:
WTF?? Any ideas?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

No I don't know what is going on there, I have the same thing on mine, at least for me it doesn't matter as I have all the gadgets up that I want and if I want to add another I can just install the gadget again and overwrite the the old one and it is loaded onto my desktop. I think this is only happening on x64 so the registry fix must have been made to work on x86.
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