Solved Recovering Windows Vista Sidebar

meche94

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Dear Forum,

I really like the windows Sidebar in Vista Premium, but something has happened and I can't see or get it to load right now.

Any guidance on how to recover from this issue would be greatly appreciated.

Sincere thanks,
meche94
 

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meche94

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I have unsuccessfully attempted two methods to restore Windows Sidebar... the one given from the forum and the following from HP Chat Support:

"
You need to perform the belows steps in safemode of windows, So I suggest you to perform the steps offline after compleating our chat session, I will also send you a copy of this chat transcript to your email for your further reference.

Yes ma'am

Here are the steps:

1. Press and hold the notebook PC power button until the notebook shuts down.

2. Press the notebook PC power button to restart the computer.

3. When you see the Compaq logo before the operating system loads onto your PC, repeatedly press F8 to enter the Advanced Boot Options.

4. Use the Up/Down arrow keys to select Safe Mode and then press Enter .
Windows files will load.

5. After the Windows files have finished loading, log into Windows and then click Start .

6. Type C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar in the Search field and then press Enter .

7. Right-click the Settings file and then select Delete . Click Yes to confirm deletion.

8. Restart your notebook.

9. Windows Vista will load the original gadgets that came installed on the notebook."
 

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JaxMacFL

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You probably have but just encase; Have you tried Windows Start Button > All Programs > Accessories > click on 'Windows Sidebar'. If that loads then right click on Windows Sidebar icon on the task bar. Select 'Properties' and make sure the 'Start Sidebar when Windows starts' box is checked.
 

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meche94

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JaxMacFL and Brink,

Thanks guys, but unfortunately, neither of your suggestions worked; Brink, I actually went to a thread I believe you posted on how to modify the system registry to get Windows Sidebar functional again, but to no avail.

Any additional guidance to resolve this is greatly appreciated; I've since discovered that Protected Mode is off when in IE 7 and I've made several attempts to turn it on with no success either.

meche94
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JaxMacFL

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It appears that you have no rights or privileges, maybe ?
 

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Brink

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JaxMacFL and Brink,

Thanks guys, but unfortunately, neither of your suggestions worked; Brink, I actually went to a thread I believe you posted on how to modify the system registry to get Windows Sidebar functional again, but to no avail.

Any additional guidance to resolve this is greatly appreciated; I've since discovered that Protected Mode is off when in IE 7 and I've made several attempts to turn it on with no success either.

meche94
North Carolina
Meche94,

Since you already tried:

How to Enable or Disable Windows Sidebar in Vista
and
How to Turn Windows Sidebar On or Off in Vista

Was there a gadget that you installed right before this happened?

If there was, you might try uninstalling it (deleting it) as a test.
1. Open C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets and C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Shared Gadgets.
NOTE: If you have 64 bit Vista, then look in the C:\Program Files (x86) folders to.
2. Find the folder for the suspected bad gadget, then right click on it and click Delete.
3. Confirm the prompts to delete.

The default ones that come with Vista are: Calendar, Clock, Contacts, CPU, Currency, Notes, PicturePuzzle, RSSFeeds, SlideShow, Stocks, and Weather. These should be fine.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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meche94

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Shawn,

Thank you for continuing to help me with this; as you suggested I went to afforementioned Gadget files location. There were two files I downloaded which did not install so I removed them from the Gadgets folder. There weren't any files at all in the Shared Gadgets folder.

Regards,
Henri
 

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Henri, did it fix your problem?
 

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meche94

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Unfortunately, no. I deleted those files then shut the computer down completely; after restarting and logging in, I waited several minutes to see if the side bar would appear but it hasn't happened.
 

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    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
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    Lumia 1520 phone
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meche94

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Shawn,

I didn't think about that, but I just attempted to run Sidebar from both the Start Menu\Program Files method as well as from C:\Computer\Local Disk C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe with no success.
 

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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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meche94

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Shawn, the scannow utility ran but still no luck; I reattempted to run the sidebar.exe

I have a Compaq Presario V6210US; the recovery files are on one of my disk partitions. How do I run it from the computer?
 

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meche94

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I got it! I was able to also reach tech HP tech support and this is what the solution was which I'd like to share for the benefit of others...

1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator".

2. Type these commands one by one:

a. Regsvr32 atl.dll and press Enter.

b. Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll" [enter]

c. Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll" [enter]

3. Enable the Sidebar from the Control Panel using Start\Computer\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe

Thank you again Shawn!
Henri
 

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    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

PMurph

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Thank you so much for this thread. I was going insane trying to get the sidebar back. Tried system restore, different things from other forums. Nothing worked until I came here.

Thanks, P Murph
 

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