Fix: Desktop Gadgets are not working in Windows 7


  1. In the restoration of this website, we seem to have lost the images.

    The Authors data has also been corrupted. While my name may appear as the author, it has been authored by Shyam aka Capt.Jack.

    Give me a couple of days and I will restore them too.

  2. plz help, the registry helps the gadget to work again, but in the other hand, when setting sound from personalization window, it says error in rundll. And more over, some windows links in control panel or the system also became unavailable, some because of rundll, some says error with zone security or something like that.

    I hope there is an answer to my problem…

  3. sorry man, nothing helped. still the same situation, I was hoping deleting ‘zones’ would solve the problem…help

  4. I can’t understand number 6 method.
    I found Zones folder. is that right just delete Zones folder?
    or if not, help me….

  5. thanks a lot… i done all of those and number6 help me.
    continue to share good ideas in solving pc issues.. thanks again.

  6. Oh my!I’ve been looking for a gadget fix for months now. Your tips did the trick and I have my beloved gadgets back again! Thank you so much!

  7. Thank you so much Shyam for helping me in retrieving my gadgets its really very interesting to solve the issue I Love windows 7. i actually solved by deleting the Zone keys in the regedit

  8. deleting zones key work for me, but the problem is the zones key keep appearing after i reboot the computer.can someone help me?

  9. same here, delete the (L) key and gadgets work fine, but after rebooting the (L) key is back. have deleted it three times now. what to do next? HELP!!

  10. Gadgets were working earlier, I installed some new gadgets from microsoft website, but after installing some gadgets, Sidebar stopped working. Dont know which gadget created a problem.

    Now, Windows gadgets is not working at all, On starting of windows it shows an error that Gadgets is not working, Even it is not allowing to restore gadgets or uninstall gadgets, even if I click any part of gadgets the same error of stopped working appears.

    I have tried all the steps given above, aslo used system restore, also used Microsoft fix it, Also sccnned my computer by Anti malware for malicious files, Also scanned by KIS 2011 for viruses, Also sccaned for registry errors.

    Nothing worked for me.

    Kindly suggest what to do.

  11. Thanks for this post, I was able to fix my computor with no problem. Everything was detailed perfectly and was better than the other sites that I have found.

  12. After delete Zones and run sidebar.exe Gadgets work correctly, but after restart (Gadgets doesn’t work correctly), why?

  13. Thanks a lot 4 these tips…… I’m so glad that I was able to fix my problem with gadget by deleting the ‘zones’ key from registry……. Thanks a lot Shyam Bhai…….. Thanks to the Windows Club….

  14. Yeah Thanks a—l0t t00. I was trying to N=Stawl some Haxx0r3d stuff and got nasty side effects. Simply d0ing a rest0re fixed everything.

  15. Thanks a lot man, it fixed after I download and apply Microsoft Fix it 50617 and Microsoft Fix it 50618. Great information.

  16. TRY THIS :: go to : %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar and double click on setings.ini and DELETE ALL THAT TEXT , save and the gadgets will work 🙂

  17. My gadgets stoped working about a week ago. I tried all of the above with out success until I tired the last one from George.

    Clear all the contents of the setings.ini file located in the following directory. I also cleard out everything from the cache folder.

    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar

    All is working again!!! Yahooooooo

  18. Have tried all the fixes above and nothing helps, still got black box instead of gadget. PLEASE can someone help me.

  19. I tried everything as listed and (VI) Deleting the Zone setting from Registry solved the Gadgets issue. TY very much.

  20. Gadgets were working earlier, I installed some new gadgets from microsoft website, but after installing some gadgets, Sidebar stopped working. Dont know which gadget created a problem.

    Now, Windows gadgets is not working at all, On starting of windows it shows an error that Gadgets is not working, Even it is not allowing to restore gadgets or uninstall gadgets, even if I click any part of gadgets the same error of stopped working appears.

  21. Here is the fix that worked for me..
    1. Use task manager to terminate sidebar.exe first.
    2. navigate to app datalocalmicrosoftwindows sidebar
    3. delete settings.ini
    4. restart sidebar (right click on desktop and select gadgets)
    5. reload your preferred gadjets
    Discovered this because everything else would not work other than creating a new user account.

  22. Who thought

  23. 3. Then click on Restore Desktop Gadgets installed with Windows- when i click on this option it shows all the gadgets and i dont know what to do? do i need to delete all those gadgets? pls helip me..

  24. I was having a problem where when I added a new gadget, it would add a “dummy” gadget; i.e. it showed the initial gadget but it did not do anything. In fact, it appeared above every window. Then I turned the gadgets off and back on (view->Gadgets right-click on desktop) and the new gadget would disappear.

    In short, I could not add new gadgets.

    Unfortunately none of the solutions in this article worked. However, I found a solution (!!!) Basically my settings.ini file was corrupted and I had to restore back to a working one.

    (note to those who tried System Restore without success, make sure your system restore included the settings file, else it will not work. (C:UsersMikeyAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindows SidebarSettings.ini))

    In detail:

    1) Turn gadgets off.

    2) open C:Users{user-name}AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindows SidebarSettings.ini in notepad (or your preferred txt editor.)

    3) Hit “properties” and the “Previous Versions” – find a version from when it was working.

    4) Restore said old version.

    5) Turn gadgets on.

    Now I can add gadgets just fine!

    good luck,

  25. Nothing works for me, I mean, I have tried every single thing on this forum but the gadgets still don’t work. 🙁

  26. Ok I should have figured this out before but this was due to McAfe Antivirus uninstall. I removed it and that is when the problems started. I finally searched and found that using the McAfee Removal tool to clean up the uninstall and it worked. The file is called MCPR.exe

  27. My gadgets could not establish a network connection (win7 SP1 64bit).
    None of the solutions on this page did work.
    Finaly I found out that deactivating real-time protection in Windows Security Essentials did the trick, even after reactivation and reboot.

  28. Gadgets not Displaying Correctly in Windows 7 – Fix
    I work as a computer tech / shop owner. We had a customer’s computer (Win 7 Home Prem) that would not display the gadgets correctly. All it showed was a black square with a red line in it. After two days of trying most everything from several forums including Microsoft, we found the problem was due to Kasperski AV. Kasperski was uninstalled using add/remove programs and left several fragments behind. The Fix was to go to the Kasperski website, download and run the removal tool. It got rid of the fragments and the sidebar is working properly again. Hope this helps. Steve

  29. If you have try any of these without result try this:

    run cmd as admin and type “sfc /scannow”

    it will search and and replace any windows corrupted files that is hidden

    It work for me after trying every single step above

    Hope this help.

  30. It’s not working when I click “Restore Desktop Gadgets installed with Windows.” my windows explorer shows the desktop gadget has stopped working…… 🙁
    plzz help me out…..

  31. Updates on Windows 7 overnight. Woke up to gadgets not working. Tried the troubleshoot up to VI on Windows Club with a couple of reboots thrown in. Any other ideas?

  32. I finally got to make it work!
    My problem was Internet Explorer 11 installed automatically via Windows Update!

  33. I have WIN 7 Ultimate. My gadgets were fine until I used MS update KB2670838. Then I noted the problems described in this post. I rolled back the update and the gadgets came back as they were originally. I wonder if anyone has noted this with KB2670838.

  34. Deleting zones (see VI above) worked once, but the problem came back. So tried the fix suggested by Bruzer. This seems to be working so far:

    Clear all the contents of the settings.ini file located in the following directory: %LOCALAPPDATA%MicrosoftWindows Sidebar

    For those who are not able to locate this directory, go to C:UsersAppdataLocalMicrosoftWindows SidebarSettings.

    Note: The User selected will have to be one with Admin Privilages.

    Good Luck. Don’r know why Microsoft cannot find a permanent fix – this thread has been going on for over 3 years now and people are still struggling to find a solution.

  35. Literally everything I have tried on this site still has not worked. Nothing can fix this issue for me?

  36. For some reason I constantly lose my gadgets on one of my pc’s, and what works for me is similar to your second fix to reinstall gadgets: I remove the tick, when it asks to restart I select “restart later”, then go back and add the tick and select restart, works every time. Thanks.

  37. thanks this fiksed my problem
    its simpl and efective thanks very much again
    sorry for bad englich

  38. what is the meaning of desktop gadgets are managed by your system administrator, because my desktop gadget is missing.

  39. Try this fix: if you have 8Gadgetpack installed on your computer, click on start logo>all programs. Look for 8gadgetpack. In the dropdown box you should see something like – 8GadgetPack Tools, Gadgets, Uninstall 8GadetPack Tools. Double click on 8GadgetPack Tools. A menu should pop up on your computer screen with the following options: Add gadgets>Enable Autorun>Make gadgets larger>Enable sidebar…etc. Select: Enable Autorun. Turn off your computer and then reboot it. All the gadgets you have previously selected should appear as if by magic!!! It works for me every time, so why not give it a try and see for yourself. Good luck:)

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