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can't open Gadget application in Win 7

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The Gadget app won't open/execute even in Control Panel
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by:workga
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can you type in the start menu search desktop gadget gallery and tell me the target in the properties window?
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by:LeeTutor
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Have you turned off User Account Control?   Then the Sidebar with gadgets won't work.  Either turn UAC back on, or use this page:

http://www.blogsdna.com/2189/fix-windows-7-sidebar-gadget-not-working-when-uac-is-disabled.htm
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by:LeeTutor
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interc3905, any feedback?
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by:interc3905
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there are currently 2 Gadgets working. We simply can' add any. the gadget app won't execute
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by:LeeTutor
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Does the problem occur in Safe mode also?  If not, it may be because of some conflict caused by startup programs (which do not run in Safe mode) or some driver that is not used in safe mode.  In Windows 98/ME/XP/Vista/Windows 7, you can choose which programs are run at startup by using the Microsoft Configuration utility:  click on the Start button, choose Run, type in MSCONFIG (doesn't need to be all capitals), click OK.  Choose the Startup tab, deselect programs to run at startup by removing the check mark.  In Windows 9x/ME, you may need to disable just about everything except Explorer, ScanRegistry and SysTray.  In Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7, just click on the button for Disable All. Reboot and see if the problem goes away.  If it does then re-enable the startup programs one (or a few) at a time, reboot, and when the problem occurs again, there is your culprit.  If you have a great number of apps to narrow down on in trying to track down the culprit, do it instead by dividing up the loading programs into successively smaller halves:  disable half of them; if the problem doesn't go away, then the offending app is within the other half, so divide that group into half; or if the problem does go away, then the disabled group contains the offender, so again narrow down by dividing in half.  

In Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7: If the problem continues to come up with all startup programs disabled, then it is probably a driver or service.  You can click on the Services tab in MSCONFIG, click on the button for Hide All Microsoft Services, leaving only third-party services displayed, then try turning them off in the same way you did for startup programs.  Finally, if third-party services are eliminated from being the cause of the problem, you could try narrowing down on Microsoft services in the same way.
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You can just open your Task manager and click on sidebar.exe and then End Process... Then right click on Desktop open Gadgets. Every things back to normal. - Jim
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