Fix Windows 7 Sidebar & Gadgets Not Working When UAC is Disabled

Windows 7 Desktop Gadget

Windows 7 Sidebar has significant change then windows vista. Windows Vista sidebar was completely independent of user account control. However in windows 7 sidebar with gadget and UAC are related means if you turn of or disable UAC in windows 7 then sidebar will not work.

This has been done to prevent users from installing any malicious unsigned desktop gadget in windows 7. Since most of the users prefer to keep User Account control (UAC) disabled, they wont be able to enjoy desktop gadgets and sidebar in windows 7, well here is small work around basically a registry hack to make windows 7 sidebar with gadget to work when UAC is disabled or turned off.

How to Enable Sidebar & Desktop Gadget with Disable/Turned Off UAC in windows 7

1. Click on start and type regedit on search bar

2. Now navigate to follow registry key in left pan of registry editor


3. Right Click in right pan of registry editor to Create A New DWORD(32 Bit Value) with name “AllowElevatedProcess” and set value as “1”.

4. Now close registry editor

5. Right click on desktop and add desktop gadgets to confirm Desktop gadget and sidebar working properly

You can download AllowElevatedProcess.reg and double click on AllowElevatedProcess.reg file to add registry entry.

Windows 7 Sidebar with Desktop Gadget

Windows 7 Sidebar with Desktop Gadget

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70 thoughts on “Fix Windows 7 Sidebar & Gadgets Not Working When UAC is Disabled”

  1. Thank you for this fix my friend, great instructions. I am using Win 7 64 bit with 8GB of ram and love it, so much better than Vista already and blazing fast. I have not experienced any issues at all except for this sidebar thing. It will be another mistake if they disable the sidebar when disabling UAC. I hate the UAC but am sure it will be useful to some. Thanks again!

  2. Thank you very much, works like a charm!

    I’m in agreement with many others, so far I’m enjoying W7 more than Vista and I’ve been using V for quite sometime. The easy accessibility of the wireless networks and option of adding admin rights to temporary tasks is a major upgrade.

    UAC removal took me a second to figure out, but once that was over, it’s been a great experience so far.

  3. Now if I can just figure out how to get 32 bit flash gadgets to work. I love the weather addon called “Pro Weather”, but can’t get it to work in Windows 7. :(

  4. Thanks for this.

    I Download the utilities and save this page, First thing to do when I arrive home is try it.


  5. /quote
    Now if I can just figure out how to get 32 bit flash gadgets to work. I love the weather addon called “Pro Weather”, but can’t get it to work in Windows 7. :(

    Forgot to mention…I’m running 64 bit Windows 7

  6. WOW, thank you SO MUCH for this!!!!!!!!!! 100% satisfied with this solution! I’ve been so mad at it not working, and now it does. Do you think you could fix my tuner card that doesn’t work now? (it worked for a week or so then decided to not work).

    Thanks again!

  7. Thanks so much, it is very appreciated i do a lot of OC’ing and my desktop gadgets help me keep on eye on my CPU vitals :D

    Best tutorial I have ever seen :D

  8. your explanation is stupid.

    i am also using win 7 with uac disabled. but it works fine. maybe some problem with ur build

  9. Is there anyway to make the “sidebar” not run on startup… msconfig doesn’t give me any option and the program itself doesn’t either. Thanks in advance…

  10. i followed this, but i didn’t find settings in the sidebar folder. under it was just another folder for compatibility. please help!!

  11. Try this one, It may work! Ive done all that stuff but it doesn’t solve the problem. Downlaod Malwarebyte here is the link: http://www.malwarebytes.org/ (free download) install>Full scan> removed selected. Mine was not displaying properly like that in the above but this solve my problem! Good luck!

  12. Guys, I went to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSidebarSettings but there was no settings folder???? Can anyone please help me? Where to from here? Thanks in advance. :)

  13. Just close all the gadgets from desktop and then try it out,
    If not then do these fuking things!!!!

  14. Problem Solved.. Your side bar will work perfectly when you create a new user and delete your old one… but before you delete your old one find out how to transfer all your files to your new user….. :)

  15. Ok the sidebar works it’s just when I put gadgets on the sidebar its like they are corrupted or something because all the gadgets are messed up. They just show like maybe the outline or maybe just some dots that are on the gadget.

  16. i had a similar kind of problem on my windows 7 64 bit version. Some gadgets disappeared and the clock turned black. After a long time found a solution.

    Deleting the Zone setting from Registry can help fix the Gadgets issue.

    1. Open regedit and navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings Here, delete the Zones Key

    2. Restart the Computer and test it

    it worked for me..check it out guys and let me know!!

  17. hey, thanks for the solution with installing and scanning with malwarebytes..! it’s work for me very well…and i’m happy now. =)

    i’m very appreciate it and thanks again, Badjek606 .

  18. Thanks a lot!!!
    I’ve got my problem, which was the same, completely solved.
    I even had other bug envolving ActiveX solved after the scan.
    Pretty efficient solution!!

  19. thank you man , it realy helped me , i’ve tried all this stuff with removing the zones registry folder and many other and thought that nothing will help me.
    this malware also has found other issues and fixed them.

    thanks a lot from Moldova.

  20. Mine use to work and now it doesn’t. I haven’t changed any settings however I tried to do what it says here but “Settings” doesn’t exist in my “sidebar” folder it only has “compatibility” written there.

  21. I’m using windows 7 32bit, I’ve followed the instruction above, but my gadget still doesn’t work.. :(
    could someone please help me ?

  22. There is another “workaround” for those gadgets not functioning on Win 7. Try this, it worked for me when all the other solutions failed:L
    There is a very easy solution for this problem:
    1. open the regedit
    2. navigate to this address:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet SettingsZones
    3. Rt. click on Zones and export it to your desktop as a backup.
    4. Delete Zones and re-start your computer.
    5. You should be able now to display your gadgets.

  23. …..ive tried many ways to fix it.. grrr, ,anyway , ,thank you for sharing that link ..it solved my problem .^_^ @ rednash

  24. …..ive tried many ways to fix it.. grrr, ,anyway , ,thank you for sharing that link ..it solved my problem .^_^ @ rednash

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