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    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista
    How to Fix Windows Sidebar not Starting in Vista
    Published by Brink is offline
    29 Dec 2007
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista

    How to Fix Windows Sidebar not Starting in Vista

    information   Information
    This will show you how to get Windows Sidebar to start again if it will not start for you.





    STEP ONE

    Double Checking

    1. See if you have a sidebar.exe listed in Task Manager.
    A) If you do, then End Process it.
    NOTE: This will close the Windows Sidebar exe so hopefully you will be able to open another one if it was just not responding before.

    B) Try doing step 3 now.
    2. Make sure Windows Sidebar is Enabled.

    3. Make sure Windows Sidebar is Turned On.

    4. Check your Firewall or other Security programs to make sure that Windows Sidebar or sidebar.exe is not being blocked.

    5. If Windows Sidebar will not start after this, then proceed to STEP TWO.





    STEP TWO

    Fix it Through a Elevated Command Prompt

    Tip   Tip
    I would recommend to use Copy and Paste to make doing this easier.
    Note   Note
    Special thanks to meche94.

    1. Open a elevated command prompt.

    2. In the elevated command prompt, type: (See screenshot below)
    A) For 32 bit and 64 bit Vista:
    Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll"

    B) Also Type for 64 bit Vista Only:
    Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll"

    C) Press Enter after A and/or B.
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-cmd_unregister_sbdrop.jpg
    3. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-success_unregister_sbdrop.jpg
    4. In the elevated command prompt, type: (See screenshot below)
    A) For 32 bit and 64 bit Vista:
    Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll"

    B) Also Type for 64 bit Vista Only:
    Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll"

    C) Press Enter after A and/or B.
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-cmd_unregister_wlsrvc.jpg
    5. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-success_unregister_wlsrvc.jpg
    6. In the elevated command prompt, type Regsvr32 atl.dll and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-cmd_1.jpg
    7. Click on OK. (See screeshot below)
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-succeeded_1.jpg
    8. In the elevated command prompt, type: (See screenshot below)
    A) For 32 bit and 64 bit Vista:
    Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll"

    B) Also Type for 64 bit Vista Only:
    Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll"

    C) Press Enter after A and/or B.
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-cmd_2.jpg
    9. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-succeeded_2.jpg
    10. In the elevated command prompt, type: (See screenshot below)
    A) For 32 bit and 64 bit Vista:
    Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll"

    B) Also type for 64 bit Vista Only:
    Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll"

    C) Press Enter after A and/or B.
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-cmd_3.jpg
    11. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista-succeeded_3.jpg
    12. Close the elevated command prompt.

    13. Restart the computer.

    14. Now turn on Windows Sidebar to see if it will start up for you.

    15. Your done. Windows Sidebar should start now.
    NOTE: If Windows Sidebar still does not start, then run a sfc/ scannow command to see if it can find and fix any bad system files that may be the cause.
    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Re: Windows add gadget button in sidebar doesnt work :(

    Hi shawn
    thanks for your post.. hope you can help me...

    my problem is this:
    when i try the "add gadget" the window that is supposed to pop up in the screen doesnt pop up, when i try clicking the ( + ) icon in the sidebar, to launch the screen it doesnt work either.
    basically, evreything works. but the "add gadgets- window" doesnt pop up, thus i cant customize my installed gadgets. pretty much stuck with my current gadget that is in my sidebar.

    Is there a way i can re-install windows sidebar in my laptop w/o installing windows vista again?

    Im using WINDOWS vista home premuim 32 bit.
    recently bought laptop VAIO 1/17/08

    pls help

    - valerie

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    Re: Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista

    Hi Valerie,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Have you already tried STEP TWO above to see if it will reset Windows Sidebar for you?

    If so, then you can try running a sfc /scannow command to see if it can find a problem with a system file and fix it.

    System Files - SFC Command


    If that still does not help, then you can run a Repair install. This will allow you to repair your Vista installation and keep your user account files, settings, and programs.

    Repair Install For Vista

    Shawn

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    Re: Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista

    hi
    thanks for the post. i did the sfc /scannow
    the command promted could be summariezed: 99% complete, done but with some errors could not fix

    i dont want to do the repair install because as of the moment,
    the drivers of the laptop arent with me and if something went wrong i dont have any computer to use and my work involves computer work as i am in web and graphic design field.


    huhuh pls help..any more ideaS?

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    Re: Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista

    Velerie,

    You could see if doing a System Restore using a restore point dated before this problem started can fix the problem for you.

    System Restore - How to

    Shawn

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    Re: Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista

    Went the cmd route and solved the prob. Thx Brink for the concise tut ;-) Searched MS for solution w/o success...googled and got u. Thanks again :-)

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    Re: Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista

    Your welcome ajbuzzy, and welcome to Vista x64 Forums.

    Shawn

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    Re: Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista

    Hi,
    I've got problem with my sidebar. One day when i switch on my computer and the windows vista started i saw that something is wrong with my sidebar: in sidebar showed up about 50the same gadgets. When i try to delete one of this gadgets the computer stop and nothing gonna work

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    Re: Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista

    Hi PonuryUser,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    See if you can boot into Safe Mode and do Step Two to see if that will help you.

    Shawn

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    Re: Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista

    awww i do registration mistake ;/ my windows vista isn't x64 but home basic, what i should to do now?

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