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Blue sidebar on desktop

I have Windows XP installed on my Acer Aspire 3690, but I downloaded the Vista Sidebar. The Sidebar didn't work right, so I removed the program, but was left with a blue sidebar on the left of my desktop. The sidebar reads like the folders sidebar when you open My Computer. Any suggestions on how to get rid of it would be much appreciated! Thank you!

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  • MustBeME Aug 13, 2008

    same thing. It came out of nowhere. I did NOT load Vista at any given time.



    Need to eliminate it as it takes up space for desktop icons.

    Thanks

  • Anonymous Sep 04, 2008

    my acer aspire 3690 tells me my orbicam needs to be plugged in how do i do this

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    How did you remove the program ?



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You should be able to disable this sidebar at start up

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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 do i remove the sidebar


vista
On the Windows desktop, mouse over the sidebar and right-click on the search gadget you want to remove.

Click on "Close Gadget." The search function is now gone from the sidebar; however, the search gadget is still installed on your computer for future use if you ever decide to re-add the item to your sidebar.
To completely remove the sidebar search gadget from your entire computer, follow the next steps.
Right-click on the Windows sidebar.
Click on "Add Gadgets" to open a window containing all sidebar gadgets installed on your PC, including the search gadget.

Right-click on the sidebar search gadget you want to remove, and click to select "Uninstall."
Click "Uninstall" again when a Windows notification pops up, asking you to confirm the uninstall process.
After you click, the program will automatically be removed from your PC and it will no longer appear on the listing of available sidebar gadgets for Vista

windows 7


Click "Start."

Click "Control Panel."

Double-click "Windows Sidebar."

Remove the check from the box next to "Start Sidebar when Windows Starts."

Click "Save." Now, the next time you load your computer Windows Sidebar will not start.

hope this helps

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Acer Aspire 3690 laptop network problem


There are multiple LAN drivers available for that model from Acer. Make sure you download all of them for the specific OS and try each one. I note that the only operating systems they have drivers for are Windows XP 32bit, XP MCE 32bit and Vista 32bit. Make sure to also download and install the chipset driver.

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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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