Solved Windows 7 desktop Gadgets Continually Crash

April 28, 2013 at 16:08:11
Specs: Windows 7 x64, i7-2760QM/8GB
I have been using Windows 7 desktop gadgets just fine for the last three months and, suddenly, they won't work.

I have tried all the solutions I could find:
- enabling UAC
- deleting the Windows Sidebar configuration files
- the Regsvr32 stuff here

When I delete the config files, I can get as far as launching the sidebar gadget list, but as soon as drag a gadget to the desktop, it crashes.

I'd really rather not restore an earlier backup of the system, because reinstalling and reconfiguring my software will be a huge hassle.


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#1
April 28, 2013 at 23:26:38
Try System Restore. If you only roll back a few days you shouldn't have much to re-install or re-configure.

Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore

Personally, I see no point in using the Sidebar & Gadgets. It's just a gimmick which wastes system resources - totally pointless.


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#2
April 29, 2013 at 04:15:14
hi,
These simple steps might help
>>rename or delete the Settings.ini and restart Sidebar.exe. It creates a brand new Settings.ini file, that means the customizations for your Sidebar/gadgets will be lost and you need to add the gadgets manually and reconfigure again.

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April 29, 2013 at 15:09:49
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I don't use system restore as I find it causes a lot more problems that it solves; and it's a kludge of a system anyway.

Personally, I see no point in using the Sidebar & Gadgets. It's just a gimmick which wastes system resources - totally pointless.

Eh, to each his own. I like being able to see the date, time and various system meters at a glance.

hi,
These simple steps might help
>>rename or delete the Settings.ini and restart Sidebar.exe. It creates a brand new Settings.ini file, that means the customizations for your Sidebar/gadgets will be lost and you need to add the gadgets manually and reconfigure again.

I'll go easy on you "bettywhite", because you're old ;) ...but if you read my first post, you'll see that I already did this.

Anyway, I decided to a restore an older backup from a disk image anyway and gadgets are working now. I sure would have liked to know what caused it, though.


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