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Windows VISTA sidebar

Though I am the Adminstrator of my laptop, I am NOT able to enable 'sidebar' in my laptop. What could be the problem?

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  • Rajesh Kavathekar Dec 31, 2007

    Its a brand new VAIO laptop with 2 GB memory... I have no idea how this feature is disabled right from the begining

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If you computer has less than 1gb of memory a number of different premium features in Vista will not work.

Let's check the amount of memory you have first.

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

  • James Girard
    James Girard Dec 31, 2007

    Ok, next try this and let me know what happens:



    Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Windows Sidebar.


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Lost sidebar it was ok previous to 10/15/ 2013


first try on desktop right click and click gadget if nothing happen go here to download..
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2719662
scroll down and click Enable Windows Sidebar and Gadgets
install

Oct 25, 2013 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Windows Vista: How to enable or disable the Sidebar


The Windows Sidebar, introduced with Windows Vista, is a way to have one-click access to websites and widgets right from your desktop. Some people love the Sidebar and some people hate it. Whichever camp you happen to fall in, enabling or disabling the Sidebar is a painless process.

To disable the Sidebar:

1. Right click on the Sidebar icon in the notification area (a computer screen with different colored blocks on its right side).
2. Select Exit from the menu.
3. If a confirmation window appears, click Exit Sidebar.

To enable the Sidebar:

1. Click the Vista orb and type "sidebar" into the Search bar.
2. From the search results, select Windows Sidebar. (If Windows Sidebar is the highlighted item, you can just hit Enter.)
3. The Sidebar will appear, in the same place and with the same widgets as the last time you used it.

An alternate way to enable the Sidebar:

1.Click the Vista orb.
2. Select All Programs.
3. Select Accessories.
4. Select Windows Sidebar.

To configure the Sidebar to load automatically every time you start your computer:

1. If it's not already enabled, enable the Sidebar (using either of the methods described above).
2. Right click on the Sidebar icon in the notification area.
3. Select Properties.
4. Put a check mark in the box next to "Start Sidebar when Windows starts."
5. Click either OK or Apply.

If you have the Sidebar set to load automatically and then you disable it, it will still run every time you start your computer, unless you remove the check mark next to that option in the Sidebar properties.

on Jan 09, 2011 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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How to disable the Sidebar for all users in VISTA.


While the VISTA sidebar can be a helpful tool in the home environment, in the business world it is often viewed as a resource hog which needs to be removed.

In order to keep the sidebar from starting on a computer in VISTA, click on the start menu and open a ren dialog. Type gpedit.msc and hit enter. This will bring up the local GPO snap in. Under the heading Local Computer Policy, expand the section labeled Administrative Templates and then expand Windows Components. In this section you will find a folder named Windows Sidebar. In the Right hand window, double click on the option labeled Turn Off Windows Sidebar and check Enable. Click OK and restart your computer. That's it! Now everyone who logs into that computer will have the sidebar turned off by default.

on Aug 26, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Hi i want to remove the sidebar with the web cam application hen i am on internet i cant see my pages because it shows the sidebar


To turn Windows Sidebar off:

vista_sidebar_icon.jpg 1. Right-click the Windows Sidebar icon on the taskbar (it looks like the image to the left). If you do not see this icon, click the "Show Hidden Icons" arrow (it looks like the image to the right), then right-click the Windows Sidebar icon.

2. To temporarily disable the Windows Sidebar, click "Exit". Or, to permanently disable it:

* Click "Properties"

* The "Windows Sidebar Properties" dialog box will appear. Uncheck "Start Sidebar when Windows Starts".

* Click "OK".

* Finally, right-click the icon again and click "Exit".

To turn Windows Sidebar on:

1. Click the Windows button on the taskbar, enter "sidebar" (without quotes) and press the Enter key.

2. Now, if you want to permanently enable the sidebar when Windows starts:

* Right-click the Windows Sidebar icon, choosing "Properties".

* The "Windows Sidebar Properties" dialog box will appear. Check "Start Sidebar when Windows Starts".

* Click "OK".

Aug 14, 2011 | Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5120 Notebook

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Windows 7 gadgets working wrong


You dont need side bar anymore, rightclick anywhere on desktop and goto gadgets, Add the ones you want, put them where you want (side, top, anywhere) and thats your gadgets as they were in vista.

If you have installed Windows 7 beta then you must be aware of the bug that whenever UAC is switched off, Sidebar and Gadgets in Vista fails to display properly on Windows 7 Desktop. Though this is not for every machine but many users have reported this problem that their Sidebar and Gadgets are not working properly.
For older beta versions of Windows 7 there had been some temporary workarounds for the same problem. But if you are using Win7 Build 7000.0.081212 then this can be fixed using a simple registry hack which like in Vista will Elevate your Sidebar and Gadgets Process.
If you know how to play with you registry Editor then just open regedit.exe from Run command in Windows 7 and go to KEY
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
\CurrentVersion\Sidebar\Settings From there edit the DWORD value of AllowElevatedProcess and set it to 1. You don’t need to restart your Windows 7 computer after this. If your sidebar and Gadgets were not working properly earlier then they will be fixed instantly.

Jun 19, 2010 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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How to enable the hidden Administrator account in Windows 7 and Windows Vista


Unlike Windows XP the administrator account is disabled by default in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Many people prefer to have the amin account open just in case they forget their main account password or to alocate admin rights over another user account like your childrens for example.

In the tip I am going to tell you how to enable the admistrator account so it is visible on the Welcome Screen.

These step only apply to Windows 7 and Windows Vista accounts that have admin rights, they won't work on an account which is limited or which is a guest account.


1. Click on the Start Menu.
2. Click on All Programs.
3. Click on Accessories.
4. Right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator. An Adminstarator Command prompt window will open.
5. In the command window type "net user adminstrator /active:yes" or "net user adminstrator active:yes"(with out the quotation marks)
6. to disable the admin account type in the command window "net user adminstrator /active:no" or "net user adminstrator active:no" (without the quotation marks)
7. Close the command window.
8. Log out of your account.

When you have logged out of your account you will see the Administrator account on the Welcome Screen.
If you don't see the admin account straight away all you have to do is restart your computer.

That should be it.


Please feel free to leave a comment on this tip.

on Jul 26, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I clicked autohide and I can't find sidebar. How


Okay go to start and open the control panel. Click on the appearance and personalization link, Click on windows sidebar properties and select start sidebar when windows starts. Then log off then log back in, and you should have your sidebar again.

Hope this helps,
Ryan Frame
Creative Energy Associates Technical Center

Sep 07, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Windows sidebar stopped working


Here is a solution I found when I was having problems and it worked like a gem..its a problem with two programs running a .dll file:

1. Open a command prompt by being Administrator (Right click on Command Prompt and click Run as Administrator)
2. CD to C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar ( cd drive letter:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar )
3. Run these commands in this order:
1. regsvr32 -u sbdrop.dll
2. regsvr32 -u wlsrvc.dll
3. regsvr32 atl.dll
4. regsvr32 sbdrop.dll
5. regsvr32 wlsrvc.dll
Then start up the sidebar.
Good luck. If you have any questions let me know.

Apr 02, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Vista sidebar


Windows Aero feature has specific hardware requirements, software configuration requirements, and resource requirements that must be met for it to function correctly on a Windows Vista-based computer. If these requirements are not met, or if computer resources become insufficient during use, the Windows Aero feature may not function correctly. Additionally, the Windows Aero feature may shut down during the current session
check the following link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945000 to see if your computer meets the requirement if yes follow the steps in the document to enable the aero feature:

Feb 07, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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