Allow gadgets on Windows 7 as the administrator

Hello,

I want to display a gadget clock on my desktop but no other icons.

I right clicked on the desktop then clicked Gadgets. However, that resulted in a pop-up alert saying:

        "Desktop gadgets are managed by your system administrator."

Well, I'm the administrator so where do I need to go to allow gadgets?

Thanks
WeThotUWasAToadAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Works for me - go to your System Administrator for help.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
look in the registry

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Windows\Sidebar

is there a Turnoffsidebar option?  if so, delete it

also check the same value in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Windows\Sidebar
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Michael-BestCommented:
Enable Administrator Account
For methods to do this see:
http://www.instructables.com/id/3-Ways-to-Enable-Administrator-Account-in-Windows-/
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
gadgets have been depreciated in Windows 7
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
gadgets have been depreciated in Windows 7

Yes, however, they still work. It is pointless however to do anything with gadgets because Windows 7 is at end of life.
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jcimarronCommented:
WeThotUWasAToad --
That message indicates that Win 7 is putting up a roadblock to using Windows Gadgets.  The reason is that Gadgets are a security risk.
See first paragraph here.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/gadgets

You can still get desktop clocks from other sources.
https://www.google.com/search?q=win+7+desktop+clocks
Be aware of piggy back programs and scan with antivirus before installing.

And, of course you still should have the clock in the Systray (Notifications Area) at the very bottom right of the screen.
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WeThotUWasAToadAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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jcimarronCommented:
WeThotUWasAToad ----
You are welcome.
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