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My Favorite Gadgets

Most Wanted and Popular Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Vista Sidebar Gadgets for Real Geeks. Make your desktop come alive.

      Frequently Asked Questions      
questions Aren't gadgets unsafe? After all, Microsoft removed them for a reason?
answer Gadgets can contain viruses like any other software. Despite the warning when installing a gadget people seemed to think that it is safe to run any gadget (e.g. like it is to view a website). That is not the case. Opening a gadget is as dangerous as it is to run an .exe file. But this is not a security hole. If an attacker wanted to access your computer, he'd need to convince you to open his prepared .gadget file. As long as you trust the source of the gadgets you install and you use anti-virus software you should be safe.

questions How to enable Windows Desktop Gadgets in Windows 8/8.1/10?
answer To enable Windows 8/8.1/10 Gadgets you have to run 3rd party software. See details here

questions Gadgets not displaying correctly.
Gadget Gadget
answer Automatically Using a BAT File Download
  1. Download Reset_Gadgets.bat file here.
  2. Click on Save (if prompted), and save the .bat file to your desktop.
  3. Right click on the downloaded .bat file and click on Run as administrator.
  4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.
  5. You will see a command prompt flash open and close as the .bat file runs.
  6. When finished, restart the computer to apply.

questions System Monitor II shows "Load library error" message even I run CoreTemp.
answer You must install .NET Framework 3.5 for fix this issue.

questions Some gadgets are giving me a weird screen.
weird screen

answer It is happened time to time and I don't know why. I think it is connected with some wrong with read settings files but it is my opinion only. Solution very simple. Go to settings end enter to tab with green arrow green arrow Then press "Restore factory default settings" button. Restore factory default settings Press OK button.


questions Why System Monitor II show my CPU speed not correct in Turbo mode? Other utility like CPUID show it correctly.
answer As you may know gadgets are HTML+Javascript only. They can limited access to other Windows components. System Monitor II can get information that provides by Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) only. For any unknown for me reason WMI can't provide right information about CPU clock in Turbo mode. It mean my gadget can show only this wrong information. Unfortunately I can not fix this issue. Sorry for inconvenience.
You can use follow method for fix this. Run the CoreTemp application in background. Go to #4 settings tab and check "Allow getting CPUID and clock from CoreTemp" box. Press OK button.

questions Some gadgets (e.g. Drives Monitor) is consuming 15-20% CPU time on my Win7. Have tracked it down WMI querys via WmiPrvSE.exe.
answer It maybe connected with wrong WMI database. Try to rebuild it. Do follow:
1. Click Start, expand All Programs, and expand Accessories.
2. Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
3. At the command prompt, type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER. If you use x64 Windows after that type cd .. ENTER then cd SysWOW64 EENTER then type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER again.

questions I see "No WMI info" string in Drives Monitor. What wrong?
answer If you see error message: "No WMI info" it mean that base performance counters on your system corrupted for any reason. For fix this do follow:
Solution 1.
1. Click Start, expand All Programs, and expand Accessories.
2. Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
3. At the command prompt, type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER. If you use x64 Windows after that type cd .. ENTER then cd SysWOW64 EENTER then type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER again.
Solution 2.
These counters can be disabled in the registry. Just set
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Perfdisk\Performance\Disable Performance Counters to 0 and reboot.

Some details see here

questions I see "no connected device" in Network Monitor II interface for monitoring. How I can fix this?
answer Most likely the performance counters are turned off. There are a few ways to turn these back on including the registry editor. Easiest way however is the following:
1. Download and install the following program:
2. Run the program installed and it will bring up a list.
3. Search through the list looking for anything to do with the network options. The most likely one you are looking for is TCP/IP.
4. Select this up and then look at the bottom to see if it is enabled (will have a tick in the check box). If not then tick the checkbox and exit the program.
5. Shutdown and restart the computer.
Some details see here

questions I see "A semi colon character was expected" (Error: -1072896760) string in BOINC Monitor. Why?
answer If you see error message: "A semi colon character was expected" it connected with client_state.xml problem is that it contains non-ASCII characters (>127). Error appear when you abort some WU or BOINC detect "calculate error". I ask developer Dr. David Anderson about that. His answer: I made the fix but it won't appear until the next client release. For fix error now try go to BOINC and press Project -> Update button. Then in most cases error disappear and gadget works property. This error was fixed in BOINC version 6.12.28 or later.

questions I change gadget's size or/and other settings and after that gadgets are in size 1 and I can't change them. When I try enter right size nothing happened. Some fields in settings are blank. Can I do something?
answer It connected with wrong Windows Sidebar's settings file (sometimes this file writes wrong). To fix this do follow:
1. Close Sidebar or restart Windows in a safe mode.
2. Go to the folder %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar
3. Delete file Settings.ini
4. Run Sidebar or restart Windows.

questions Upgrading older version of some gadgets. When I try to install, I'm asked if I want to upgrade, but new version never shows as installed. How I can upgrade my gadget with new version?
answer It may cause with System Monitor II, Network Monitor II, Mouse Monitor, Keyboard Monitor and GPU Monitor. For fix this problem do follow:
  • Close all instances of the Gadget.
  • In Vista - Restart Windows or Kill the "sidebar.exe" process by using the Task Manager.
  • In Windows 7 - Right click Desktop, View, uncheck "Show Desktop Gadgets".
  • Start Sidebar again from the Desktop context menu (right click Desktop).
  • Install new version (upgrade)
questions I want to reinstall my Windows. Where I can find gadget's settings files?
answer Gadgets save settings into special *.ini files. Each gadget use individual ini-file. You can find this file in folder %AppData%. Files have names GadgetName_Settings.ini

questions Gadgets on a desktop assume an air of white squares and can't run WMP
answerJust run follow .cmd file with administrator rights:
CD %programfiles%\Windows Sidebar
regsvr32 -u sbdrop.dll
regsvr32 -u wlsrvc.dll
regsvr32 atl.dll
regsvr32 sbdrop.dll
regsvr32 wlsrvc.dll
regsvr32 scrrun.dll
regsvr32 jscript.dll
regsvr32 msxml3.dll
Then use regedit.exe
Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones and delete ALL keys (folders) except numerical.

questions Gadgets are not correctly represented and work, services are not represented
answer Just run follow .cmd file with administrator rights:
regsvr32 atl.dll
regsvr32 corpol.dll
regsvr32 dispex.dll
regsvr32 jscript.dll
regsvr32 scrrun.dll
regsvr32 scrobj.dll
regsvr32 vbscript.dll
regsvr32 wshext.dll
regsvr32 wshom.ocx
regsvr32 msxml3.dll
regsvr32 ole32.dll
regsvr32 oleaut32.dll

questions Gadgets can not connected to the internet, but internet in other applications is accessible
answer With IE still open, Click FILE and check that "WORK OFFLINE" does NOT have a checkmark next to it. If it does, just left click it once.

questions Windows 7 gadgets may not work or be displayed correctly
answer See Microsoft's answers

questions Network Monitor II says "firewall off" but I use external firewall and it is on. What wrong?
answer Network Monitor II monitoring Windows firewall only.

questions Installing Gadget gives Unspecified Error
answer Following this advice:

questions Can I use the keyboard to use the gadgets?
answer Yes! Press Win+G to show the gadgets and to switch between them. Use Tab to switch between gadgets that are docked to a sidebar.

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