Windows Vista Forums

Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

  1. #1
    <!-- google_ad_section_start -->Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly<!-- google_ad_section_end -->

    Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly
    How to Fix the Windows Sidebar Gadget not Displaying Correctly in Vista
    Published by Brink is offline
    13 Jun 2008
    Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    How to Fix the Windows Sidebar Gadget Not Displaying Correctly in Vista

    information   Information
    This will show you how to fix the Windows Sidebar when the clock gadget is displayed as a black square and all other gadgets show up as white rectangles with one of those information (i) icons and a plus sign.
    Note   Note
    This usually happens if the XML registration is missing in the system. The steps below will show you how to fix this.

    EXAMPLE: Windows Sidebar not displaying correctly
    Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly-sidebar_example.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    Automatically Using a BAT File Download

    NOTE: This does the same thing as in OPTION TWO below, but automatically. If your Vista is not displayed as the C: drive in Computer, then do OPTION TWO below instead and substitute C: in the last command with your drive letter instead.
    1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Reset_Gadgets.bat

    download
    2. Click on Save (if prompted), and save the .bat file to your desktop.

    3. Right click on the downloaded .bat file and click on Run as administrator.

    4. You will see a command prompt flash open and close as the .bat file runs.

    5. When finished, restart the computer to apply.

    6. Check to see if Windows Sidebar is displaying correctly now. If not, then do a System Restore using a restore point dated before the problem.





    OPTION TWO

    Manually in a Elevated Command Prompt

    NOTE: This does the same thing as in OPTION ONE above, but manually.
    1. Open a elevated command prompt (right click - Run as administrator

    2. In the elevated command prompt, type in each command below and press Enter one at a time. After each time your press Enter, you will need to click on OK before doing the next command. (see screenshot below)

    Code:
    • taskkill /im sidebar.exe /f
    • regsvr32 msxml3.dll
    • regsvr32 scrrun.dll
    • regsvr32 jscript.dll
    • regsvr32 atl.dll
    • Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll"
    • Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll"
    • reg delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones" /f
    NOTE: This command will reset the security zones in Internet Explorer back to the default settings.
    • "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe"
    NOTE: If your Vista is not displayed as the C: drive in Computer, then substitute C: in the command above with your drive letter instead.
    Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly-step5.jpgWindows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly-step2.jpg
    3. Restart the computer to apply.

    4. Check to see if Windows Sidebar is displaying correctly now. If not, then do a System Restore using a restore point dated before the problem.
    That's it,
    Shawn







    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Join Date: Apr 2007
    Location: Texas, USA
    Posts: 31,174
    Array

    Tutorial Tools


    Applies to

    All Vista Versions
    64 Bit & 32 Bit


  2.   


  3. #1



    Newbie
    Join Date : Jun 2008
    Posts : 3
    Vista Home Premium 32bit
    Local Time: 09:37 PM

    Re: Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    Hi Shawn,

    Just a quick note to say thanks - worked a treat!

    Regards

    Paul

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4.   


  5. #2
    Brink's Avatar

    Administrator


    Join Date : Apr 2007
    Texas, USA
    Posts : 31,174
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)
    Local Time: 02:37 PM
    usa us texas

      Thread Starter

    Re: Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    Your welcome Paul. I'm glad to hear that your Sidebar is displaying properly now.

    Shawn

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #3



    Newbie
    Join Date : Jun 2008
    Posts : 2
    Vista Business 32
    Local Time: 03:37 PM


     

    Re: Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    I followed the procedure on this thread and the Sidebar is now working - but not completely... The Calendar gadget is showing only as an orange colored box with no content and the Stocks gadget not loading/showing at all. The Clock and Headlines work fine - what can we do to fix the Calendar and Headlines?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #4
    Brink's Avatar

    Administrator


    Join Date : Apr 2007
    Texas, USA
    Posts : 31,174
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)
    Local Time: 02:37 PM
    usa us texas

      Thread Starter

    Re: Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    Hi Sams,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    See if uninstalling them, then click Restore gadgets installed with Windows in Windows Sidebar Properties. Next, add them back to the sidebar.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #5



    Newbie
    Join Date : Jun 2008
    Posts : 2
    Vista Business 32
    Local Time: 03:37 PM


     

    Re: Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    Thank you Shawn for your welcoming message and trying to help.

    I followed your instruction (plus booting after the uninstall) but still same result - Calendar and Stocks gadget are not displaying properly... (this after doing the .dll procedure under DOS. Please let me know if there something else that you can think of to fix this. BTW, Is there a way to download them from somewhere and paste of the coruupted ones? - Thanks much

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #6
    Brink's Avatar

    Administrator


    Join Date : Apr 2007
    Texas, USA
    Posts : 31,174
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)
    Local Time: 02:37 PM
    usa us texas

      Thread Starter

    Re: Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    Sams,

    Since these are gadget that came with Vista, see if running a sfc /scannow command can find and fix any bad system files it finds. This tutorial will show you how to.

    System Files - SFC Command


    If not, the only other thing I know that should help is doing a Repair (upgrade) install.

    Repair Install For Vista

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #7



    Newbie
    Join Date : Jun 2008
    Posts : 1
    Vista Ultimate 32 Bit
    Local Time: 02:37 PM


     

    Re: Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    My problem is exactly as Sams. The Restore gadgets option is ghosted by the way.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  11. #8
    Brink's Avatar

    Administrator


    Join Date : Apr 2007
    Texas, USA
    Posts : 31,174
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)
    Local Time: 02:37 PM
    usa us texas

      Thread Starter

    Re: Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    Hello MrGiggles,

    See if trying the same suggestion will help you out.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  12. #9



    Newbie
    Join Date : May 2008
    Posts : 4
    Ultimate 64bit
    Local Time: 03:37 PM


     

    Re: Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly

    I am in the same boat, any and all gadgets are malfunctioning. Some will appear but not allow me to change/modify them, others appear as boxes and others simply will not load. I tried all of the "regsvr32 *.*" commands to no avail. The restore gadgets option is greyed out. I would prefer not to use a restore point, I may as well FFR (Fdisk, Format & Reinstall) since my last restore is too old. (Yes, I know, my fault. Guess I became complacent that Vista was working)

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast

Windows Sidebar - Gadget Not Displayed Correctly
Similar Threads
Tutorial Category
Solved Windows Sidebar Custom Gadget Software
Windows Search - results not displayed (correctly) Vista General
Windows Live Mail Sidebar Gadget? Software
Windows mail gadget for sidebar Vista General
Is there a Windows Media Player gadget for the Sidebar? Vista General