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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

Aug 24, 2012 | Sylvania G-Netbook

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I turned on my PC one day, and sidebar just decided not to go. I dont know why or how to fix the problem. I went to do a system restore, but noticed i had no system restore points set.....can anybody help...


Having a sidebar problem would indicate you're using Windows Vista, so I'm going to go from there. Microsoft has had a lot of problems with the sidebar feature, and has dropped it in Windows 7. I strongly recommend that you turn it off and leave it off. You can get things you need for your desktop without using the sidebar.

As far as the restore points go, you should have several set up automatically, but since you don't do the following:

Click on the start button, then find "Computer" (or My Computer) in the right column. RIGHT click on Computer, then left click on Properties. This brings up the System window. Select System Protection from the column on the left side of the window (Task List). Click the CREATE button near the bottom of this window to create a restore point.

Give the Restore Point a unique name of your choosing.

Of course this won't help you now, so I would shut off the Sidebar and try to live without it. Otherwise, go to the Control Panel, find the sidebar icon and click it. Set it to open the sidebar when you start Windows. You may need to reset your preferences to get it back to what you wanted.

If this doesn't work, you probably have some type of Malware or virus on your system. The best way to check for this is to go to the following web page: www.malwarebytes.org - and download the program using the blue button. Install it (click RUN) and update it, then let it run a scan (follow the instructions). Once it's done, restart your system and see if it's fixed.

Usually, restoring your system for a sidebar problem really isn't a useful or good way to resolve the issue. For one thing, on some systems, the sidebar seems to randomly decide not to work, and on others it seems to cause other system problems. I've seen very few Vista systems that did not improve with the sidebar feature shut off.

It's important with Vista to be very particular about keeping the Malware off the system, and keeping the registry clean. Using CCleaner.exe is a good way to do this. Clean the registry at least once a week, and do NOT defrag more than two times a year. Vista seems to not appreciate too much defragging. Keeping your system healthy and shutting off the sidebar are two of the best solutions for most Vista problems. Finally, I recommend you upgrade to Windows 7 as soon as possible. Even the RC-1 is better than Vista.

Oct 09, 2009 | 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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