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Windows Vista Sidebar Gadgets Not Loading Properly

Hope Someone Can Help. I am using Vista Business Edition on a Dell Vostro 1400 laptop. For whatever reason the gadgets in my Windows Sidebar arent loading properly. For example the Clock gadget appears totally black with no numbers and the Notes Gadget doesnt show up except as a little rectangular shape which is black in color.

The last thing I did prior to this happening was to do a system restore since the comp wasnt loading properly and after that I downloaded an update for Windows Defender.

Any thoughts to what went wrong and how I can get the gagdets to work again would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Alexander Knowles Jan 27, 2008

    Sorry djnick989....your suggestions didn't work. But thanks for trying and replying so quickly.

  • Alexander Knowles Jan 28, 2008

    Still didnt work and yes I used ccleaner. I downloaded netframework 3.5 instead of 2.0. Does that make a difference?

  • Alexander Knowles Jan 28, 2008

    Hi....I tried it but still no result.....thanks for all your help tho....hopefully the Vista Service Pack will fix it....either that or I'll just format the computer and be done with it.

  • Alexander Knowles Jan 28, 2008

    I had downloaded AVG Antivirus Free Edition.....but this was after I did a system restore of the pc. The only other thing was an update for Windows Defender definitions.

  • Alexander Knowles Jan 28, 2008

    Yes I did all of that. Still no results. I will have to try and deal with this later as it is getting late for me. Thanks for all your help.

  • GHOW Feb 14, 2008

    I have the same problem Gadgets will not load sometimes just a black strip where gadgets should be . If I click in that area a message asking me to shut gadgets down or re load will appear but clicking one of these options will not make gadgets load. After re- booting computer several times the gadgets will load OK. This problem appeared before and after updating to Vista SP1 RC.



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1.) close sidebar and exit it
2.) accessories> command prompt [right click and choose 'run as administrator']
3.) type in these three in the given order

regsvr32 msxml3.dll [enter]

regsvr32 scrrun.dll [enter]

regsvr32 jscript.dll [enter]

after each enter you will get a success dialog window

Open sidebar and it should work.....

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Save the below lines in a text file and rename it to bat (.bat), then execute the batch file as administrator. it worked for me.

taskkill /im sidebar.exe /f regsvr32 /s msxml3.dll regsvr32 /s scrrun.dll regsvr32 /s jscript.dll regsvr32 /s atl.dll Regsvr32 /s "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll" Regsvr32 /s "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll" reg delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones" /f "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe"

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Cheak all updates and add on ones in menu also dl latest flash adobe ok shockwave and java and download get rest of junk out then rebooot k

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  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2008

    cheak msconfig also for weird stuff starting up ok and did u run cc cleaner great tool try it also try re dl netframework 2.0 ok

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2008

    no shouldnt make any let me cheak sumthing

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2008

    ok go to microsoft and dl the latest msxml ok thats should do it

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2008

    did u try it if it works please change rating to fix ya ok

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2008

    try msxml ok re dl that software from ok bud

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2008

    lol u can try sp1 i did it was cool certain things but i dont think u can dl rt1 anymore was few weeks ogo for few days what was teh last thing u did again before this happend what did u dl

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2008

    u cheak msconfig and see whats all starting up under startup then services then hide microsoft ones see whats left u did all the java adobe flash shockwave ect what about sdk installer microsoftuses ucheak all microsoftupdates again

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2008

    ok ill reserch tonight get back with me when u get back on toamoro


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