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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: