Reset Sidebar


  1.    16 Apr 2009 #1
    Chris Guest

    Reset Sidebar


    Hi: I'm not sure where else to post this, and I've searched around
    for it.

    Basically, I had to restart Vista, when it started back up it did a
    consistency check on the C drive.


    Then, once I got into Vista, one of my two notes and the clock
    vanished. I cannot get them back.


    1)Clock does not show on Add Gadgets, but there is a Clock.Gadget in
    "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets"

    2)Also, under the Windows Sidebar Properties
    a) "Restore gadgets installed with Windows" is disabled
    b) "View list of running gadgets" shows me two instances of Notes,
    when only one is visible -- and I don't want to remove it because I
    don't want to lose the content there.


    How do I give the Sidebar a kick to bring it back to reality?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2.    21 Apr 2009 #2
    Chris Guest

    Re: Reset Sidebar


    On Apr 16, 1:10 am, Chris <cdkor...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > Hi: I'm not sure where else to post this, and I've searched around
    > for it.
    >
    > Basically, I had to restart Vista, when it started back up it did a
    > consistency check on the C drive.
    >
    > Then, once I got into Vista, one of my two notes and the clock
    > vanished. I cannot get them back.
    >
    > 1)Clock does not show on Add Gadgets, but there is a Clock.Gadget in
    > "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets"
    >
    > 2)Also, under the Windows Sidebar Properties
    > a) "Restore gadgets installed with Windows" is disabled
    > b) "View list of running gadgets" shows me two instances of Notes,
    > when only one is visible -- and I don't want to remove it because I
    > don't want to lose the content there.
    >
    > How do I give the Sidebar a kick to bring it back to reality?
    Can someone help me at all? I have been able to remove and restore
    other Vista installed gadgets. Just not the clock. I don't know
    where it went, I don't know why it thinks the clock is hunky dory but
    can't be readded. This is so incredibly frustrating.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3.    22 Apr 2009 #3
    Gene E. Bloch Guest

    Re: Reset Sidebar


    On Tue, 21 Apr 2009 21:52:01 -0700 (PDT), Chris wrote:

    > On Apr 16, 1:10 am, Chris <cdkor...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    >> Hi: I'm not sure where else to post this, and I've searched around
    >> for it.
    >>
    >> Basically, I had to restart Vista, when it started back up it did a
    >> consistency check on the C drive.
    >>
    >> Then, once I got into Vista, one of my two notes and the clock
    >> vanished. I cannot get them back.
    >>
    >> 1)Clock does not show on Add Gadgets, but there is a Clock.Gadget in
    >> "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets"
    >>
    >> 2)Also, under the Windows Sidebar Properties
    >> a) "Restore gadgets installed with Windows" is disabled
    >> b) "View list of running gadgets" shows me two instances of Notes,
    >> when only one is visible -- and I don't want to remove it because I
    >> don't want to lose the content there.
    >>
    >> How do I give the Sidebar a kick to bring it back to reality?
    >
    > Can someone help me at all? I have been able to remove and restore
    > other Vista installed gadgets. Just not the clock. I don't know
    > where it went, I don't know why it thinks the clock is hunky dory but
    > can't be readded. This is so incredibly frustrating.
    I had some problems with installing gadgets on another computer. I had an
    idea that a .gadget file is really a zip file, so I renamed x.gadget to
    x.zip (for two or three gadgets "x"). It worked and I could extract
    everything to a convenient folder. I ran the installer that I found inside
    that folder and got the gadget to install.

    There are two things about the above:

    1. I have no idea if it will lead to a useful solution for you :-(

    2. I have completely forgotten the details of what I did (even which
    gadgets).

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4.    23 Apr 2009 #4
    Gene E. Bloch Guest

    Re: Reset Sidebar


    On Wed, 22 Apr 2009 19:46:00 -0700, Gene E. Bloch wrote:

    > On Tue, 21 Apr 2009 21:52:01 -0700 (PDT), Chris wrote:
    >

    >> On Apr 16, 1:10 am, Chris <cdkor...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    >>> Hi: I'm not sure where else to post this, and I've searched around
    >>> for it.
    >>>
    >>> Basically, I had to restart Vista, when it started back up it did a
    >>> consistency check on the C drive.
    >>>
    >>> Then, once I got into Vista, one of my two notes and the clock
    >>> vanished. I cannot get them back.
    >>>
    >>> 1)Clock does not show on Add Gadgets, but there is a Clock.Gadget in
    >>> "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets"
    >>>
    >>> 2)Also, under the Windows Sidebar Properties
    >>> a) "Restore gadgets installed with Windows" is disabled
    >>> b) "View list of running gadgets" shows me two instances of Notes,
    >>> when only one is visible -- and I don't want to remove it because I
    >>> don't want to lose the content there.
    >>>
    >>> How do I give the Sidebar a kick to bring it back to reality?
    >>
    >> Can someone help me at all? I have been able to remove and restore
    >> other Vista installed gadgets. Just not the clock. I don't know
    >> where it went, I don't know why it thinks the clock is hunky dory but
    >> can't be readded. This is so incredibly frustrating.
    >
    > I had some problems with installing gadgets on another computer. I had an
    > idea that a .gadget file is really a zip file, so I renamed x.gadget to
    > x.zip (for two or three gadgets "x"). It worked and I could extract
    > everything to a convenient folder. I ran the installer that I found inside
    > that folder and got the gadget to install.
    >
    > There are two things about the above:
    >
    > 1. I have no idea if it will lead to a useful solution for you :-(
    >
    > 2. I have completely forgotten the details of what I did (even which
    > gadgets).
    3. Maybe I'm wrong :-)

    Later yesterday I tried to install a new gadget on my sidebar (on a
    laptop). It wouldn't install, and moreover, when I changed the file to a
    ..zip, Windows wouldn't open it, claiming an invalid ZIP file.

    I tried the trick on one or two other gadget files and they *did* work.

    So forget my advice...or not :-)

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5.    23 Apr 2009 #5
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    Re: Reset Sidebar


    Maybe will help, maybe not, try this

    Right-click on Windows Sidebar in the notification area (system tray).
    Select Properties -> "Restore gadgets installed with Windows"

    Good Luck

    mopar
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6.    23 Apr 2009 #6
    Gene E. Bloch Guest

    Re: Reset Sidebar


    On Thu, 23 Apr 2009 17:15:14 -0500, mopar wrote:

    > Maybe will help, maybe not, try this
    >
    > Right-click on Windows Sidebar in the notification area (system tray).
    > Select Properties -> "Restore gadgets installed with Windows"
    >
    > Good Luck
    >
    > mopar
    Already did that. No joy.

    I had installed the same gadget successfully on another computer, so I
    copied that file to the problem computer and it worked.

    Perhaps the file on the website was messed up by yesterday, whereas my
    earlier download on computer #2 was OK. Or perhaps something is messed up
    on computer #1 that corrupted the download.

    Here's a WAG: I'll never know :-)

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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