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.