Users of Windows Vista and Windows 7 have been advised to completely disable their Windows Sidebar and Gadgets, in response to what appears to be a serious security risk.
The Windows Sidebar is a vertical bar that can appear at the side of your desktop, containing mini-programs (known as gadgets) that can provide a number of functions such as a clock, the latest news headlines, weather report and so forth.
If you find that your Windows 7 Gadgets are not wotking properly, here are a few troubleshooting steps you may want to try out. Your calendar gadget may even display without dates!
Maybe you are facing issues with Gadgets not opening or hogging too much memory, or maybe sometimes the Calendar gadget just won’t show anything in it! Go to Control Panel and change the View to Category. If this problem occurs even if you tried the prescribed troubleshooting steps, including a System Restore or after running the System File Checker, then try this!
Hi , the weather gadget doesn't update anymore , i tried deleting the file in the %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\weather and in the %localappdata%\microsoft\Windows Sidebar folder but it still won't update.
It will change the value of this registry key: Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting.
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Here are some possible fixes that could resolve your issues. To allow Microsoft to change the registry value for Value data in Zones subkey to 0, so as to fix this problem automatically, download and apply Microsoft Fix it 50617.
It may happen that your Windows 7 Gadgets may just stop working and may not display properly, or Gadgets may appear as black squares, or may appear to have vertical green lines down the center or may not appear at all and may have a blue exclamation marks next to it.