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My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

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    Unclebob Guest

    My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    The sidebar that comes with windows vista home premium has broken on my
    computer. I have tried restarting it but that didn't help. Now I don't know
    what to do. please help because I really want to fix it. I am on a Dell
    Invision 1501 laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium. Here is a screenshot
    of what is wrong.
    http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...99/sidebar.jpg

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  3. #2


    Unclebob Guest

    Re: My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    yes. i have a program which always comes up saying the driver is incompatible
    so i'll uninstall that and see if it helps.

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    Re: My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    I have two blunt force fixes to your issue.

    Your screenshot to me indicates that one of your sidebar gadgets is either improperly programmed, malfunctioning or a combination of both :$.

    I know this from personal experience. Having tried to create a side bar application myself and running into a few *ahem* frankenstein creations *ahem*, I had those white boxes too. The brute force approach is if you know what add-on is causing them you can delete them directly from

    E:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\GADGETS\
    or
    E:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Shared Gadgets\

    Note: I have a dual boot so Vista for me is installed on E:, XP on C:. You may need to change that E for a C.

    Next option, which is a bit less brute force is to edit your settings.ini file in here:

    E:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar

    Your settings.ini file can be opened and edited with Notepad. It'll say something like this:

    [Root]
    SettingsVersion=00.00.00.01
    SidebarShowState=Imploded
    SidebarDockedPartsOrder=0x1,0x2,0x3,
    Section0=1
    Section1=2
    Section2=3
    [Section 1]
    PrivateSetting_GadgetName=%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\Clock.gadget
    PrivateSetting_Enabled=true
    [Section 2]
    PrivateSetting_GadgetName=%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\SlideShow.Gadget
    PrivateSetting_Enabled=true
    [Section 3]
    PrivateSetting_GadgetName=%PROGRAMFILES%\windows sidebar\gadgets\RSSFeeds.Gadget
    PrivateSetting_Enabled=true
    loadFirstTime=defaultGadget

    If you know what section is broken, you can just delete that 'Section' from your settings.ini or try renaming your settings.ini file to settings.old.ini and windows might default to the clock, notepad, rss feeds or just copy mine for the windows default.

    Enjoy!

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    Unclebob Guest

    Re: My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    one game i have and wont unistall is age of mythology. I could uninstall the
    titans expantion but age of mythology wont uninstall. would it wreck my
    computer if i got rid of it in program files?

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    Unclebob Guest

    Re: My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    i don't know whether its that program that is causing all the problems, but
    the uninstall.exe wont run at all and i don't know why.

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    Unclebob Guest

    Re: My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    i have 1 gig of RAM and 65.7 gig out of 107 gig hard drive. is that what you
    mean by system resources?

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  8. #7


    Unclebob Guest

    Re: My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    I checked and none of them have a warning symbol next to them. I uninstalled
    the program that was having problems as well. I've rebooted my computer and
    age of mythology still wont uninstall.

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  9. #8


    Unclebob Guest

    Re: My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    i already tried running it in compatibility mode and that didn't work. I'll
    try putting the disk in and see if that helps.

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    Unclebob Guest

    Re: My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    i put the disk in and it uninstalled instantly. But the sidebar is still not
    working.

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  11. #10


    Unclebob Guest

    Re: My Windows Vista Sidebar is not working and i cant fix!!

    I've tried exiting it all at once from the taskbar and started it again but
    it didn't help. I've tried all the default gadgets when you go to add a
    gadget and even tried some others but none of them work. I'll try updating my
    direct x to the latest version.

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