Solved What has happened to my Desktop Gadgets?

November 21, 2014 at 22:30:48
Specs: Windows 7
Ages ago I placed on my desktop a clock and a calendar from the 'gadget' gallery.

Just recently it has started to not appear on screen.

Yet, occasionally it does!

There was a message once that said there might be a problem with the Gadgets.

Over the last week or two it has failed to appear completely.

I also cannot actually open the gadgets programme anyway.

This all seemed to have started after I had downloaded version 11 of Windows Explorer. Is there a connection?

How do I get my Gadgets back?

Brian C.

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November 22, 2014 at 06:27:38
Backup all your files and do a factory recovery or a Windows re-install whichever applies in your case.

Note: You do realise you posted your problem on the "Programming" forum when it has absolutely nothing to do with programming?

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November 22, 2014 at 12:41:09
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Desktop gadgets have been a known source of viruses and the like, which was why they were disbanded in Windows 8. CryptoPrevent (a security program) blocks them unless you over-ride it.

Everyone to their own but what I am saying is to give serious thought about whether you are happy to take the risks. If you go for them do some checking up about each source before you install them.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 22, 2014 at 17:19:36
Thank you Phil22 but not sure I am that keen to reinstall them.

Considering that the Gadgets Gallery et al are stored under my 'programmes' banner I assumed my problem came under that heading.

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November 23, 2014 at 07:48:11
Programs & Programming are 2 completely different things.

Heed the warning by Derek. Gadgets were abandoned by Microsoft for good reason.

I suggest you go to the following site & use the 1st "Fix-it" link to Disable Windows Sidebars & Gadgets and never enable them again!

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