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 Post subject: Windows Gadget Platform being secretly disabled?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:15 am 
Sharptooth
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Windows 7 users have long had problems with their desktop gadgets either not appearing or appearing with visual anomalies.

I never have had problems, myself, until very recently. My Gadgets woes began between two and four weeks ago.

Most of the time, when I boot or reboot my PC, my gadget has disappeared from its home of two years, and the desktop Gadget platform has been entirely disabled: Right-click on the desktop, choose Gadgets, and nothing happens.

I can temporarily restore Gadgets via Control Panel\Programs\Turn Windows features on or off, removing the check next to Windows Gadget Platform, rebooting, and then re-checking Windows Gadget Platform through the Control Panel\Programs\Turn Windows features on or off. Fun times.

Invariably, Gadgets get disabled again, usually the next time I boot or reboot.

As for the various fixes and causes being tossed about online:

UAC: Some blame disabling the UAC, but I've had that disabled for at least a year, and Gadgets worked fine, until more recently. Still, changing my UAC level did result in my Gadget instantly re-appearing once, but not the last time Gadgets broke (today).

Display: Some blame using anything other than the default Smaller (100%) display magnification. Mine has been on the default since I installed Windows 7, so that's not it.

IE 11: Some say that Gadgets were disabled or rendered incompatible along with the IE 11 update. I have recently updated to IE 11, but I believe my problem started before that. However, I can't swear to it. I can barely remember what I had for breakfast this morning, let alone what date I installed IE 11.

Some recent hotfix: I've seen this excuse pop up once, but I can't seem to find it right now. Who knows?

Registry got kicked in the balls: It happens.

Microsoft is secretly disabling Gadgets in Windows 7: I could wake up tomorrow and find Metro installed on my Windows 7 PC, for all I know.

I like my little weather Gadget. It's not a custom download, but one that came with Windows 7. I want to keep using it.

Over at the Microsoft Community, a moderator by the name of Jeeped came up with this batch file to attack the problem from many various angles.

I haven't tried it, as I just restored Gadgets through the Control Panel\Programs\Turn Windows features on or off PITA I described, above. But I will try it the next time things go bad, and report back as to what I find.

If anyone else in this abandoned wasteland knows of problems or solutions surrounding Gadgets, please share. The life you save could be your own.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Gadget Platform being secretly disabled?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:59 am 
Clawhammer
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Gadgets was disabled after some point because it was a security hole in the OS and I'm sure at some point Microsoft found out not a lot of people were using them anyway. Google also killed its Google Desktop thing two years ago.

If you were using it solely for system monitoring, there are other alternatives like Rainmeter you can use.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Gadget Platform being secretly disabled?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:31 pm 
Coppermine
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Weird and irritating. Mine was disabled when I installed IE11 (beta) for giggles. Makes me wonder why it was working all this time when the security disablement took place a year ago.

Thxs LatiosXT! Way better than the silence of MS bug report TS.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Gadget Platform being secretly disabled?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:58 am 
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My gadgets have worked fine but only this last week have they disappeared. I thought it was due to a glitch in switching between Eyefinity and regular desktop.

They came back after a reboot though and haven't disappeared since.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Gadget Platform being secretly disabled?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:54 am 
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Funny I am fully patched and running IE11 (although I never use it) and my gadgets never disappeared.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Gadget Platform being secretly disabled?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:22 pm 
Sharptooth
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I had to put UAC back up to the default setting to keep weather Gadget on my beloved Windows 7 desktop. I love that thing. Now, I don't even have to look out the window to know it's raining--I can just sit at my computer and bask in my vitamin D deficiency!


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Gadget Platform being secretly disabled?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:18 am 
Clawhammer
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The one thing I hate about gadgets, no matter who they're from, is they're not baked into the desktop. For example, I hit Windows + D a lot to go back to the desktop, except this literally shows me the desktop in its full glory. So if I want to see the gadgets, I have to click on something on the desktop.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Gadget Platform being secretly disabled?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:30 pm 
Sharptooth
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Yeah, even after putting UAC back to its default setting, my Gadget will disappear some times. No idea why. One day, it's missing. Next day, it's back. It's like a cat that way.


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