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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 me please???

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  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    You could try reinstalling windows. It helps if you have experience of installing xp or if someone is at hand who has the experience. If not, there are some pretty detailed instructions on how to go about. The best thing is to go an XP users book from your local library.

    A lot depends on the original installation.

    Some computers like those sold by Time come with a reinstallation. You would have to read those instructions carefully, but I have found the process straight forward.

    The approach to follow therefore depends on which type of installation your computer came.

    It is important to have backed up your data. If the data on the computer is important to save, you will have to approach the reinstalltion very carefully.

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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.

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